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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in It's Time To Slay The Sugar Dragon   
    Breakfast is just Meal 1. There's no reason you have to go near an egg. Some of my favorite Meal 1s are tuna salad (with homemade mayo) or compliant hot dogs with lots of mustard and sauerkraut. Steamed frozen spinach supplements both. Plus, you have a potentially endless supply of leftovers from dinner . . . .
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from littleg in It's Time To Slay The Sugar Dragon   
    Breakfast is just Meal 1. There's no reason you have to go near an egg. Some of my favorite Meal 1s are tuna salad (with homemade mayo) or compliant hot dogs with lots of mustard and sauerkraut. Steamed frozen spinach supplements both. Plus, you have a potentially endless supply of leftovers from dinner . . . .
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    ArtFossil reacted to littleg in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    Hi Amura!  It is interesting how one's perspective changes with information and experience   I'm just wondering... what is your "ultimate" goal?  You have a lot of really great guidelines which will certainly help you have a more nutritious and hopefully gut friendly life.  I'm wondering though if a few "rule" might help since you said you do well with clear boundaries.  Like, if work treats or too-many-special-occassions are the problems make quantifiable rules around them.  "I will only eat treats at work once a month" or "I will enjoy a meal in a restaurant only 2 times a calendar month"... things like that.  It is something that has been really helpful for me.  I'm a nurse and the hospital snacks are: packs of cookies, ice cream, gingerale (those are supplied by the hospital, you know, the place trying to make people healthier ).  The foods brought in by others I'm sure you can imagine.  ER nurse recognition week was 10 half gallons of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream etc.  There was practically no room in the fridge it was so full of sundae toppings!  Anyway... lots of temptation is my point.  And my issue has always been sugar so not easy for me.  So I have a rule: I will only eat food at work that I bring to work with me or purchase in the cafeteria from the salad bar which must be meat, raw veg or fruit.  I just don't break that rule.  And it has really been helpful for me to reign in a history of off-the-rails eating at work.  Anyway, just food for though  
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    ArtFossil reacted to Jihanna in Detailed Reintroduction Schedule Questions   
    Throughout the reintroduction, the only non-compliant foods you should be eating are the ones that you're testing that day. You may not experience any immediate reactions that you can see during your "recovery" period before starting a new test, but that doesn't mean that continued exposure won't cause an issue... and if you experience any issues, you need to be able to point out exactly what's likely causing it, not be left wondering if it was the newly reintroduced food or one you continued eating.
    The only exception to that is generally the added sugar. I personally wouldn't go overboard adding sugar to everything myself, but when it comes to sugars in things I'm reintroducing (or a small amount in a recipe I'm using for reintroduction), that's completely fine. Once we begin to reintroduce foods, it can be difficult to stick to the no added sugars rule anyway, by virtue of added sugar being in so much of what we want to test.
    I would separate the wine and beer since you're dealing with two different types of alcohol there. I separated just about all of my own foods for reintroduction, though, because I wanted to know (for instance) if certain beans affect me more heavily than some or if quinoa would be better/worse compared to rice. I feel like detailed knowledge is a good thing when it comes to determining what should and shouldn't be part of my everyday diet.  
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    ArtFossil reacted to Jihanna in Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?   
    Crepini is a crepe made with a flour substitute (cauliflower powder). This makes it totally paleo-friendly, but definitely is against the spirit of Whole30. Making your own crepe would definitely still be against the rules, because it would be a recreation of a pancake-like product. Whisking an egg and frying it thinly is NOT a crepe, however -- it's an egg, nothing else added to make it crepe-like.
    For ongoing health, it's fine. But if you're mid-round then it's not okay for Whole30.
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    ArtFossil reacted to laura_juggles in Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?   
    So, I think it's really great that you're here supporting people and sharing your experience. 
    But can you please maybe be a little more thoughtful about your "it's not a trigger for me so I don't care" attitude? If you're using them now and you're not doing a Whole30, that's fine, but maybe a "they're great for my Food Freedom when I'm not in the middle of a Whole30" could be included? Because it really comes across like your entire Whole30 philosophy is "screw the rules, I'll do what I want". 
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Jihanna in Day 9 & feeling hopeless   
    First of all, not everyone feels terrific while doing a Whole30! It does help to follow the recommendations and the meal template and make sure you are getting enough protein, veggies and fats. It also helps to make sure you salt your food as you are not getting added salt in processed food. And many people feel better with at least one serving of starch vegetables every day. Finally, drinking water--HALF your weight in ounces--is key, so just do it!
    Secondly, a Whole30 doesn't have to be expensive. Where I live, avocados, shrimp and (especially) compliant bacon are expensive so I would be limiting those foods (I never at bacon on my Whole30 because either couldn't find it or I couldn't afford it.). You can eat cheaply by roasting lots of vegetables (just olive oil, salt and pepper), eating things like grilled chicken breasts, and making your own mayonnaise and ghee (clarified butter). I roasted a lot of vegetables, made a lot of frittatas and tuna salad, and used my Forman grill almost every night and kept things very simple, with balsamic vinaigrette, dump ranch and a compliant curry sauce as my only dressings/sauces. I didn't make any "recipes;" I just made what I would already eat compliant.
    On a more philosophical note, Whole30 is an elimination diet. It is designed so that if you comply and you eliminate completely foods that are common sources of inflammation for 30 days and then systematically reintroduce these food groups (not repeating them) during your Reintroduction, you will have invaluable data. That is, you will know exactly how YOU respond to these foods so that you can make an informed and conscious choice whether to eat them going forward. If you want this information, you'll stick with it.
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    ArtFossil reacted to freebird2021 in Day 10 - Healthy 53 YO/2nd W30 Feeling Shaky After Starting to Eat   
    Thank you -- ate much more today.  It was difficult to eat that much (3 eggs, plus veggies) but I was not hungry between meals and my shakes have disappeared.  Thanks for your feedback!
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    ArtFossil reacted to Jihanna in foods in reintro??   
    The elimination phase (the 30 days) gives you a "control environment" to work from, and each reintroduced food is a separate "test". Just as in a science experiment, your first goal would be to establish the effects of the test subjects individually within the control environment, and later you could choose to test reactions of combined subjects. Renewing the control environment between tests is why we return to Whole30 compliance between test days, and establishing individual reactions before combined reactions is why we don't include previously reintroduced foods while testing a new one. You CAN repeat a test if you need clarification, but you don't want to mix until you're sure of how individual ones affect you first... otherwise you wouldn't know if a reaction was caused by the new food or the combination of two.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Amura in Can I have Recess sparkling water?   
    It's simple really. When in doubt, leave it out!
    People, it's only 30 days!
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from belabrancatelli in foods in reintro??   
    You can reintroduce in any order YOU choose. But, you give each group (or subgroup) its own day and then go back to Whole30 for at least 2 days (more if you have a reaction). And you can't repeat any reintroduced food until all your reintroductions are complete.
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    ArtFossil reacted to slc_melissa 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,, 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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    ArtFossil reacted to slc_melissa 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:
    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.
    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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    ArtFossil got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Headaches   
    Make sure you're SALTING your food! It's instructive how much you may need to salt when you're not eating any processed food. 
    Dont forget your water! 1/2 oz per pound of body weight. 
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    ArtFossil reacted to ShannonM816 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    If you continue eating Whole30 style, making your meals match the meal template, you will continue to improve your health, and you will almost certainly also lose weight as you get healthier, although it may not be as fast as you would like. However, losing weight slowly while eating in a way that is sustainable means you won't yo-yo, losing and gaining and losing over and over again.
    Losing a pound a week is not bad. Keep doing that and in a year, you'll have lost 50 lbs. Focus on the other improvements you've seen. List them somewhere -- actually write them down -- and when you feel discouraged, refer back to your list. Add to the list over time, if you experience new improvements. If you have trouble getting started, here's a handy checklist you can print off and mark the ones you've experienced.
    Remember that the more time you've spent dieting, gaining and losing weight, restricting your calories, the longer it is going to take to really heal from that. I know that it's frustrating, and I know that you want to lose weight as quickly as possible, but think about your experiences with other diets. You've lost weight on them, sure, but it sounds like you weren't able to maintain that weight loss -- therefore they didn't really work. A successful diet not only helps you lose the weight initially, it helps you maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. Try something new. Ditch the scale, focus on non-scale victories and on eating healthy foods that will nourish your body and make you healthier.
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    ArtFossil reacted to Terez in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
    I don't have any input on the alcohol question but I do have a suggestion on the reintroduction schedule.
    It turns out that we should be prepared to allow 2 days for each reintroduction and then three days of clean eating to see if we react to it. (If we react the first day then no need to add the second day. But if we don't react the first day, we might not have enough of the food in our system yet and we should eat it a second day.)
    So your schedule above (if allowing 2 days per food test) would be:
    Days 1 & 2: dairy.
    Days 6 & 7: gluten grains.
    Days 11-12: non-gluten grains.
    Days 16-17: legumes.
    I'm whining that they should call this a Whole60 and not a Whole30 because we're really not off it until after we've tested all the foods that we're going to test.
    I look forward to hearing the replies to your alcohol question.
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    ArtFossil reacted to Tom Denham in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
    You can plug alcohol in to the schedule similar to any other food with the exception that you probably don't want to have a shot of whiskey at breakfast, a glass of scotch at lunch, and a glass of wine with dinner unless your lifestyle is friendly to drinking all day. Actually, a few servings of your favorite drink should give you an idea of how your body responds.
    I was impressed with how much more detailed the reintroduction advice was in It Starts With Food than anything Dallas and Melissa had written before. Now I hear you guys asking for more details. Some of that is developing though our discussions here on the forum. I am kind of saying you may need to reintroduce for several days in order to have enough servings of a food to get a reaction if you are going to have one. And then I think you need several days of clean eating before testing a new food to let your body get back to baseline. If you crowd tests too closely together, you won't get as good an idea of how strongly something is affecting you.
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    ArtFossil reacted to laura_juggles in Can i have balsamic vinegar?   
    I was really bored one day and started looking at tons of labels at the store. I don't remember which brand(s) it was, but there were definitely ones with the sulphites in parenthesis attached to the vinegar. It was an eye-opening experience. 
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    ArtFossil reacted to laura_juggles in Can i have balsamic vinegar?   
    That's not always true either, unfortunately. Often, ingredients will list the sulfites whether they're added or not. If the label says something like this:
    Ingredients: Wine Vinegar, Grape Must Concentrate, Cooked Grape Must, Sulphur Dioxide (Antioxidant)
    then it's out because of the Sulphur Dioxide. But if it says something like this:
    Ingredients: Wine Vinegar (contains sulphites), Grape Must Concentrate, Cooked Grape Must
    then it's compliant because the sulphites are naturally occurring in the vinegar. 
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Profile Image Issues   
    Still no luck with uploading a photo. I get an error message, "Failed to set new photo."
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from kirkor in Profile Image Issues   
    Still no luck with uploading a photo. I get an error message, "Failed to set new photo."