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    slc_melissa got a reaction from RubyVroom in Are there any Whole30 compliant foods that could cause migraines/headaches?   
    If you haven't been having migraines and then suddenly are and think it's food related, the real test would be to compare what you just ate to what you've been eating before.  Is there anything that you ate recently that you haven't been eating?  Or ate a lot more of?
    But to answer your questions:
    Yes, it could be a stress headache and from not sleeping well.
    Yes, it could be there is a compliant food that doesn't do well with you personally.  For instance, the amount of nuts and almond milk you listed would destroy me.
    If you're really dragging all the time, it could be food related.  I personally do better with more starchy vegetables than you've listed.  I especially make an effort to eat a lot of (specifically cooked) vegetables at breakfast, it really sets my day up well and has an effect on afternoon energy.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Angelia in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    I feel like the almond industry has done a stellar job somehow advertising themselves as "high" in protein.  Yeah, they've got some protein, but they are much higher in fat and are considered a fat source on the whole30.
    The unflavored paleo protein from Amy Myers has no sweeteners or other ingredients:  https://store.amymyersmd.com/products/the-myers-way-paleo-protein-unflavored
    I'd say it needs to be blended.  (You can't just stir it into something, in my limited experience.)
    Maybe a blend of pureed sweet potato (you can find cans of this in some stores), coconut milk, and protein powder?  A little bit of fruit for flavor if needed?  (A more complex carb like sweet potato might do your body better than the fructose in fruit.)
    Nice job on staying compliant most of the time!  Sounds like your're rocking it.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Angelia in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    Well, if you're post Whole-30, you can do whatever you want smoothie-wise.  The bigger thing that stands out to be is that you have no protein in there.
    There seems to be two different recommendations on the website.  From the meal planner pdf: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf
    They recommend Protein and Fat prior to a workout.  (I'd say this is especially for like weight lifting type workouts.)
    There is also this article, which seems to be more geared towards long effort/high intensity type stuff (if the workout is more than 60 minutes at a continuous moderate to high intensity): https://whole30.com/whole30-pre-workout-post-workout/
    They recommend Protein and some carbohydrates pre-workout.
    I think it's worth playing around with to find out what works best for you with what type of workout, but add some protein to it in either case.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ArtFossil in Can I have Recess sparkling water?   
    Pretty sure the "peach nectar" rules it out.  Although not specifically called out in the sneaky sugar download, https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-sugar.pdf, it certainly falls in the same realm as other nectars or monk fruit extract.  In my opinion this product is best saved until after a Whole30.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ArtFossil in Can I have Recess sparkling water?   
    I'm not saying there is anything else in the nectar, I'm saying that nectar, being a concentrated thing to make something sweet, falls outside of how I would interpret the Whole30 guidelines: "Do not consume added sugar, real or artificial." is the first thing on the "No" list here:
    https://whole30.com/downloads/official-whole30-program-rules.pdf
    Fruit juice is allowed, but even then it's not recommended to drink it:
    Fruit Juice: Yes
    Fruit juice is the only acceptable added sweetener on the Whole30. (We had to draw the line somewhere.) Use it to flavor sauces, soups, or entrees.
    Tip: While drinking a glass of fruit juice is technically compliant, we really wouldn’t recommend it, even if you juice it yourself. Juicing strips many of the nutrients out of the fruit, but still leaves all of the sugar. We’d much rather you just eat the fruit.
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    Yes, I get that this is not a glass of fruit juice, and it's often recommended on the forum to add a small splash of fruit juice to water when people are looking to liven plain water up, but even if you make the argument that peach nectar is a form of fruit juice and technically compliant, I'd still stand by leaving it out of a Whole30.  It's also possible nectar means different things in different places.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Everything is worth it today   
    I'm assuming you're post-Whole 30 based on the section you posted this in.....in which case, there are no rules for what you're eating and no such thing as cheat days.  Whole30 is about finding out what how foods affect you and your relationship with food, and guilt has no part in it.  If you're doing re-intros and are mixing "types" of food, you may not get as clear a picture about what foods affect you and how.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from EmilyK in Restarting/Vent   
    I'm sorry you're finding it so challenging, and especially over special family holidays it can be rough.  Here are some strategies that I've used.  (Also, I'm single, no kid, so I'm not cooking for anyone else.)  Are you trying to have your kid also be whole 30 (it might be too challenging at this point.)?
    What are your goals/motivation for doing the Whole30?  Keep those in mind.
    If you make soup, make some extra and freeze it for future meals.
    Same with casseroles/egg bakes type thing.
    I don't suffer from food boredom and I don't need something new everyday, so I'm a huge leftover fan.
    I'll often roast a tray of veggies on my top oven tray, bake a tray of meatballs at the same time on my bottom oven tray.  While eating those for dinner, I'll have two more trays going for leftovers.  One time cooking, multiple meals.
    Depending on grocery stores in your area, rotisserie chickens can be available with only compliant ingredients, but watch your labels.
    Your meals don't have to be instagram-worthy or even look like someone else's idea of a complete meal.
    It also depends on what type of resources you have at work/home, but assuming a freezer and microwave:
    A package of frozen vegetables, some coconut milk, some canned chicken or salmon: Microwave for 5 minutes, add salt and pepper: Easy delicious soup!
    I've done some sauteed onions, add a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tuna, simmer until hot: Easy meal.  Can top with some olives.
    Things I often use for traveling, no refrigeration or prep: package or can of salmon, some baby foods of sweet potato puree.  (Ideal? No.  Do-able?  Yes.)
    Yes, rotisserie and canned foods can be more expensive, but they are far less expensive than dining out.  Always read labels!
    Somewhere along the way I bookmarked this thread:
    https://forum.whole30.com/topic/53037-30-meal-prep-for-5-breakfasts-and-5-lunches-in-45-minutes/?tab=comments#comment-483813
    Good luck!  
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from EmilyK in Restarting/Vent   
    I'm sorry you're finding it so challenging, and especially over special family holidays it can be rough.  Here are some strategies that I've used.  (Also, I'm single, no kid, so I'm not cooking for anyone else.)  Are you trying to have your kid also be whole 30 (it might be too challenging at this point.)?
    What are your goals/motivation for doing the Whole30?  Keep those in mind.
    If you make soup, make some extra and freeze it for future meals.
    Same with casseroles/egg bakes type thing.
    I don't suffer from food boredom and I don't need something new everyday, so I'm a huge leftover fan.
    I'll often roast a tray of veggies on my top oven tray, bake a tray of meatballs at the same time on my bottom oven tray.  While eating those for dinner, I'll have two more trays going for leftovers.  One time cooking, multiple meals.
    Depending on grocery stores in your area, rotisserie chickens can be available with only compliant ingredients, but watch your labels.
    Your meals don't have to be instagram-worthy or even look like someone else's idea of a complete meal.
    It also depends on what type of resources you have at work/home, but assuming a freezer and microwave:
    A package of frozen vegetables, some coconut milk, some canned chicken or salmon: Microwave for 5 minutes, add salt and pepper: Easy delicious soup!
    I've done some sauteed onions, add a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tuna, simmer until hot: Easy meal.  Can top with some olives.
    Things I often use for traveling, no refrigeration or prep: package or can of salmon, some baby foods of sweet potato puree.  (Ideal? No.  Do-able?  Yes.)
    Yes, rotisserie and canned foods can be more expensive, but they are far less expensive than dining out.  Always read labels!
    Somewhere along the way I bookmarked this thread:
    https://forum.whole30.com/topic/53037-30-meal-prep-for-5-breakfasts-and-5-lunches-in-45-minutes/?tab=comments#comment-483813
    Good luck!  
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from EmilyK in Restarting/Vent   
    I'm sorry you're finding it so challenging, and especially over special family holidays it can be rough.  Here are some strategies that I've used.  (Also, I'm single, no kid, so I'm not cooking for anyone else.)  Are you trying to have your kid also be whole 30 (it might be too challenging at this point.)?
    What are your goals/motivation for doing the Whole30?  Keep those in mind.
    If you make soup, make some extra and freeze it for future meals.
    Same with casseroles/egg bakes type thing.
    I don't suffer from food boredom and I don't need something new everyday, so I'm a huge leftover fan.
    I'll often roast a tray of veggies on my top oven tray, bake a tray of meatballs at the same time on my bottom oven tray.  While eating those for dinner, I'll have two more trays going for leftovers.  One time cooking, multiple meals.
    Depending on grocery stores in your area, rotisserie chickens can be available with only compliant ingredients, but watch your labels.
    Your meals don't have to be instagram-worthy or even look like someone else's idea of a complete meal.
    It also depends on what type of resources you have at work/home, but assuming a freezer and microwave:
    A package of frozen vegetables, some coconut milk, some canned chicken or salmon: Microwave for 5 minutes, add salt and pepper: Easy delicious soup!
    I've done some sauteed onions, add a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tuna, simmer until hot: Easy meal.  Can top with some olives.
    Things I often use for traveling, no refrigeration or prep: package or can of salmon, some baby foods of sweet potato puree.  (Ideal? No.  Do-able?  Yes.)
    Yes, rotisserie and canned foods can be more expensive, but they are far less expensive than dining out.  Always read labels!
    Somewhere along the way I bookmarked this thread:
    https://forum.whole30.com/topic/53037-30-meal-prep-for-5-breakfasts-and-5-lunches-in-45-minutes/?tab=comments#comment-483813
    Good luck!  
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from eposey in Day 18: I am feeling bloated and my body is gaining water weight.. help?!   
    Cut out nuts and RX bars.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from rrsu in Fresh Thyme brand Kombucha   
    Hmm, the whole 30 kombucha link that pops up in a google search, unless something has been officially updated after this post, seems to imply that any listing of sugar is out:
    https://whole30.com/2016/08/kombucha/
    And for the people who aren't going to actually read the link and say something about sugar before or after the fermentation process, here's a key excerpt:
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    So I rely on the black-and-white rules. If there is sugar on the label, it’s out. Period. Which means Health-Ade is out, but GTs is in. Is this fair? No. Is it the best way I know to implement the Whole30 rules? Yes.
    Now… if you can drink GTs kombucha because of their labeling practices, how can I say, “This kombucha is okay, but you can’t make your own kombucha at home, because you’re adding sugar?”
    I can’t. Which means there’s a loophole here in the strictest sense of the Whole30 rules.
    If you’ve followed along thus far, you can see how managing the Whole30 program can be complicated at times. Please know I’m doing the best I can. I have to make the rules easy to follow, and in the case of kombucha, it’s the FDA’s laxity in labeling laws that is making my job hard. And I guarantee I’ll be criticized no matter what I do, so I’m going to stick to my guns and make the call that I think is in the best interest of the program, and your results.
    The Final Word
    If you make kombucha at home and don’t add sugar after the fermentation process, is that Whole30-compliant? Yes.
    If you buy store-bought kombucha and sugar is not in the ingredient list, is that Whole30-compliant? Yes.
    If you buy store-bought kombucha and sugar is not in the ingredient list, but you do see fruit juice, is that Whole30-compliant? Yes.
    If you see store-bought kombucha and see any form of sugar (including stevia) in the ingredients, is that compliant? No.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Brandon in Alpha Galactose   
    You're asking a general internet forum to answer a question that would need a very specific scientific study behind it.  Funding, hypothesis, test subjects, control subjects, peer review, etc. 
    Some random stranger on the internet hopefully isn't going to recommend you eat something that could send you into anaphylactic shock.  I stand by recommendation that you can do your own experiment on yourself - do two whole 30s (while closely monitoring, working with doctor about the allergies).  Or, do three - one without mammal meat, one with, one with + Zyrtec.  Only way to know is to try it.  Also, what works for one person might not work for you specifically. 
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Brandon in Kratom Tea   
    Well the moderator said that kratom has never been specifically addressed, but here's a screenshot of the link she sent regarding cannabis usage in case you're not on facebook:

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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Jihanna in Introduction Plus Biggest Challenge For Me   
    I would also add a non-food or drink related strategy to deal with cravings - go for a quick walk, do some pushups, read an essay, have something in mind to do instead of dwelling on a craving.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Everything is worth it today   
    I'm assuming you're post-Whole 30 based on the section you posted this in.....in which case, there are no rules for what you're eating and no such thing as cheat days.  Whole30 is about finding out what how foods affect you and your relationship with food, and guilt has no part in it.  If you're doing re-intros and are mixing "types" of food, you may not get as clear a picture about what foods affect you and how.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from xFeistyWolfx in Legoland in California   
    I've never been to Legoland and haven't been to any kind of park in a long time, so I don't know if they do an actual pat down.  I'm more familiar with trying to sneak snacks into sporting events or concerts, and the level of check just depends on the venue/event/etc.   A lot of sporting events are moving towards requiring clear bags to be brought in.  But if Legoland has a policy for dietary purposes, sounds like you're covered.  Although it's easier to say (and other people understand better) "I'm allergic to...." vs "I'm doing a dietary elimination protocol...."
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from xFeistyWolfx in Legoland in California   
    Eat something large and filling beforehand, be ready with something after, wherever that is.  (Something in the car, hotel room, etc.)  
    Plain salads with no croutons are sometimes a restaurants best bet, proteins can be tough.  If they're willing to cook something in plain oil, salt, and pepper, or if they can add hard boiled eggs, those can be options.
    Depending on how, ahem, detailed their search is upon entering, you could creatively stash food on your person while entering that would be difficult to find or feel during a pat down.  Meat sticks, pouches of tuna, etc.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Kemz in Sunday Brunch Out   
    The odds of the bacon not having sugar are extremely low.  (Unless it's a sort of local sourced type restaurant.)  Meatballs often have bread crumbs in them.
    Here are some ideas:
    https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-dining.pdf
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ammisias in Supplements   
    Sulfites can be naturally occuring, which is fine for the Whole30, but added are the problem.  If the sulfite was added, it would be part of the ingredient list in some fashion, like Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source, sulfites), or it would specify "added" in the "contains sulfites" part.  Way to be heads up!
     
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from sweetcee in Trader Joe’s pesto?   
    From: https://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/
    Safflower/Sunflower Oil: Yes
    While we don’t think vegetable oils are a healthy choice (understatement of the century), we don’t expressly rule them out on the Whole30. If we did, you’d never be able to eat outside of your own kitchen, because all restaurants use them in cooking. We wanted to create the healthiest program possible, but we also need it to be do-able for those who travel for business or pleasure, or simply want to dine out during the month.  Ideally, you’re using high-oleic safflower or sunflower oil; these actually have a pretty favorable fat profile,  similar to extra-virgin olive oil.
    _______________________________
    I've seen on the forums a bunch where people say it HAS to be high-oleic for home use, but according to the website it's just IDEALLY. Side note: I love that pesto!
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @wp3
    How are you coming up with 1700 calories from fat per meal?  If I model 1-2 heaping handfuls of, say, olives as a can of olives, that's like 250-300 calories.  If I call 2 thumb sized portions of olive oil as about 3 Tablespoons, that's about 350 calories....
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Ah, yeah, the template could be phrased better.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Ah, yeah, the template could be phrased better.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @wp3
    How are you coming up with 1700 calories from fat per meal?  If I model 1-2 heaping handfuls of, say, olives as a can of olives, that's like 250-300 calories.  If I call 2 thumb sized portions of olive oil as about 3 Tablespoons, that's about 350 calories....
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Smoothie bowl success?   
    Nowhere did I call into question your personal commitment.  Presumably you are "are following through with what they (you) decided to do for themselves (yourself)" which is exactly what I said.  Smoothies are not recommended.  That's it.  You can do a complete technically compliant whole30 using only smoothies.  Or only almonds and compliant bacon.  Neither would be recommended.  When people come to this forum, they are often looking for advice and troubleshooting.  Moderators and others are not going to recommend things that are not recommended.