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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.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ladyshanny in Smoothie bowl success?   
    You may want to reconsider your professed lack of attachment to smoothies if you need to keep defending them.  Have you read "It Starts With Food?"  They talk about some of the considerations of of a liquid diet and how it influences hormones.
    This is going to come off slightly harsher than I want, but as has already been stated, there's no Whole30 police, you can do what you want, it's in the recommendations of the program not the rules, but no one here is going to tell you that you cracked the smoothie code and it's OK.  It's good that you're eating protein on the side since that is a thing often missing in smoothies, but I'd try to get the protein amount up to template standards (the template is also just a recommendation, not a rule).  
    Here's a quote from a few years back on exactly the same subject.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from berry straw in Whole30 and Hashimotos   
    We'd need a lot more details about what/how much you're eating (as related to the template) in order to give any directed feedback. 
    But: Eat more.  Eat more fats especially.  Drink water.  Salt your food.  Check out the timeline: https://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/  It's not exact and not all people follow it at the same rate, but....it's funny at least.
    I have Hashimoto's, and this might be specific to me and have nothing to do with the autoimmune condition, but Whole30 helps me tremendously.  During Whole30:
    I need to eat cooked vegetables at breakfast.  There's a noticeable energy dip in the afternoon if I do not, even if I get plenty of calories.  (Note: not just carbs like fruit, vegetables.  Specifically cooked.  Raw does nothing for me.  Favorites are asparagus, zucchini, sweet potato, and arugula.  I try to have leftover roasted vegetables available in mornings for ease.)  If I do need an afternoon something, I eat something high fat, like olives, with some protein if I have it.
    Nuts destroy me.  Both digestion-wise (problems), hunger-wise (they make me hungrier), and energy-wise (see you later, energy).  
     
    Good luck.
     
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SharonCoffini in Brand new.....Can I have tomato sauce? Also need ideas   
    Some breakfast ideas: 
    In general, if something says cook in avocado oil, cook in whatever oil you want.
    Add some protein to this: https://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-blog/our-favorite-whole30-breakfast-aip-friendly-and-egg-free/ 
    Check out: https://therealfoodrds.com/30-egg-free-whole30-breakfasts/  (Warning: Do your own vetting of any random internet recipe that claims to be Whole30.  There are plenty out there that don't embrace the spirit of the program, even if the ingredients are technically compliant.  Always try to build a template meal - protein + veggies + fat.  If you see anything like chia seed pudding with berries, RUN THE OTHER WAY.  I didn't look at every single recipe on this one, but definitely DON'T go with the Apple sandwich thing at the end as your sole breakfast.)
    And some other ideas in this thread: 
     
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from NoreenM62 in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea   
    If you're eating nuts as your primary protein source, I think you'll be lacking a lot of protein. Nuts can be very hard on the digestive system, are recommended as a handful every other day at most, and don't have great omega 3/ omega 6 ratios. Anecdotally, nuts have been a factor in a lot of people's skin problems on the forum.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from LauraKY in Help I'm Picky! Not Eating Enough   
    Looks like you need to add some fats to your meals.  That will help you feel full.