ArtFossil

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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, 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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    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:
    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.
    ___________
    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 Amura in 1 gram of sugar in coconut milk?   
    You need to look at the INGREDIENTS list, NOT the nutrition label. The sugar on the nutrition label reflects the nutritional composition. (Fruits and vegetables have sugars). As long as the ingredients list doesn't have ADDED sugar (or other off plan ingredients) you're fine. Here's the nutrition information vs the ingredients list for Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk, a brand I use. 

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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Amura in 1 gram of sugar in coconut milk?   
    You need to look at the INGREDIENTS list, NOT the nutrition label. The sugar on the nutrition label reflects the nutritional composition. (Fruits and vegetables have sugars). As long as the ingredients list doesn't have ADDED sugar (or other off plan ingredients) you're fine. Here's the nutrition information vs the ingredients list for Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk, a brand I use. 

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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Dehh in Compliant Packaged Deli Meats   
    Hello Di. From my experience, I've never been able to find compliant + deli meat + budget-friendly. I did eat compliant hot dogs which I enjoyed. Otherwise, I just cooked my own meat, mostly chicken.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    SchrodingersCat, I’m sorry you’ve had a bad few days.
    As @Tom Denham used to say, it’s reintroduction and afterwards that the real work begins. A Whole30 is easy. Food freedom, or what used to be called here, “riding your own bike,” is hard. But that’s what we have to master. (By the way, I encourage you to read as many of Tom’s posts as you can. He has a lot of insights to offer.)
    Speaking only for myself, I have had to couple the nutritional insights I gained through Whole30 with the ongoing work of addressing my psychological and emotional issues around food. ( @MeadowLily is someone else who has gone through this, and I encourage you to look at her posts.) In particular, the Whole30 focus on real food, intuitive eating, and eating three meals a day, with no snacks, and within an hour of waking has continued to serve me very well, together with the concept of MINDFUL eating.
    You have a lot of things going for you, not the least of which is your ability to cook nutritious and delicious meals. (Your meals have had me swooning). That’s definitely a strength.
    You may find, as @Jihanna has posted about, that alternating the structure of Whole30 with short resets (three days? a week? ten days? etc) might serve you well.
    For myself, having done a Whole30 (and two more as resets) I am presently engaged in a dual project of weight loss and addressing my eating from an emotional and psychological perspective. I know I have all the tools I need to achieve my goals, thanks to Whole30 but thanks also to my external resources. Whole30 has helped me to get back to my natural, intuitive way of eating, where no food is demonized.
    By the way, my adult daughter (with whom I live) also has vestibular migraines (vertigo) so striving to cook nutritious meals for her to support her work to improve her health helps keep me motivated to also to keep my nutrition at a high level and to continue to be mindful about the food we eat.
    You have the tools to work this out, and I encourage you to persevere.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    SchrodingersCat, I’m sorry you’ve had a bad few days.
    As @Tom Denham used to say, it’s reintroduction and afterwards that the real work begins. A Whole30 is easy. Food freedom, or what used to be called here, “riding your own bike,” is hard. But that’s what we have to master. (By the way, I encourage you to read as many of Tom’s posts as you can. He has a lot of insights to offer.)
    Speaking only for myself, I have had to couple the nutritional insights I gained through Whole30 with the ongoing work of addressing my psychological and emotional issues around food. ( @MeadowLily is someone else who has gone through this, and I encourage you to look at her posts.) In particular, the Whole30 focus on real food, intuitive eating, and eating three meals a day, with no snacks, and within an hour of waking has continued to serve me very well, together with the concept of MINDFUL eating.
    You have a lot of things going for you, not the least of which is your ability to cook nutritious and delicious meals. (Your meals have had me swooning). That’s definitely a strength.
    You may find, as @Jihanna has posted about, that alternating the structure of Whole30 with short resets (three days? a week? ten days? etc) might serve you well.
    For myself, having done a Whole30 (and two more as resets) I am presently engaged in a dual project of weight loss and addressing my eating from an emotional and psychological perspective. I know I have all the tools I need to achieve my goals, thanks to Whole30 but thanks also to my external resources. Whole30 has helped me to get back to my natural, intuitive way of eating, where no food is demonized.
    By the way, my adult daughter (with whom I live) also has vestibular migraines (vertigo) so striving to cook nutritious meals for her to support her work to improve her health helps keep me motivated to also to keep my nutrition at a high level and to continue to be mindful about the food we eat.
    You have the tools to work this out, and I encourage you to persevere.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Jihanna in Sodium SulFATES   
    To add to the excellent advice of @Jihanna there is sauerkraut WITHOUT this ingredient (which can be added to food to affect the acitity and also the color). Why not buy that? (You can save this for after Whole30). For myself, if I were ever in doubt about an ingredient in a food during Whole30, I did not buy it/eat it.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    SchrodingersCat, I’m sorry you’ve had a bad few days.
    As @Tom Denham used to say, it’s reintroduction and afterwards that the real work begins. A Whole30 is easy. Food freedom, or what used to be called here, “riding your own bike,” is hard. But that’s what we have to master. (By the way, I encourage you to read as many of Tom’s posts as you can. He has a lot of insights to offer.)
    Speaking only for myself, I have had to couple the nutritional insights I gained through Whole30 with the ongoing work of addressing my psychological and emotional issues around food. ( @MeadowLily is someone else who has gone through this, and I encourage you to look at her posts.) In particular, the Whole30 focus on real food, intuitive eating, and eating three meals a day, with no snacks, and within an hour of waking has continued to serve me very well, together with the concept of MINDFUL eating.
    You have a lot of things going for you, not the least of which is your ability to cook nutritious and delicious meals. (Your meals have had me swooning). That’s definitely a strength.
    You may find, as @Jihanna has posted about, that alternating the structure of Whole30 with short resets (three days? a week? ten days? etc) might serve you well.
    For myself, having done a Whole30 (and two more as resets) I am presently engaged in a dual project of weight loss and addressing my eating from an emotional and psychological perspective. I know I have all the tools I need to achieve my goals, thanks to Whole30 but thanks also to my external resources. Whole30 has helped me to get back to my natural, intuitive way of eating, where no food is demonized.
    By the way, my adult daughter (with whom I live) also has vestibular migraines (vertigo) so striving to cook nutritious meals for her to support her work to improve her health helps keep me motivated to also to keep my nutrition at a high level and to continue to be mindful about the food we eat.
    You have the tools to work this out, and I encourage you to persevere.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    SchrodingersCat, I’m sorry you’ve had a bad few days.
    As @Tom Denham used to say, it’s reintroduction and afterwards that the real work begins. A Whole30 is easy. Food freedom, or what used to be called here, “riding your own bike,” is hard. But that’s what we have to master. (By the way, I encourage you to read as many of Tom’s posts as you can. He has a lot of insights to offer.)
    Speaking only for myself, I have had to couple the nutritional insights I gained through Whole30 with the ongoing work of addressing my psychological and emotional issues around food. ( @MeadowLily is someone else who has gone through this, and I encourage you to look at her posts.) In particular, the Whole30 focus on real food, intuitive eating, and eating three meals a day, with no snacks, and within an hour of waking has continued to serve me very well, together with the concept of MINDFUL eating.
    You have a lot of things going for you, not the least of which is your ability to cook nutritious and delicious meals. (Your meals have had me swooning). That’s definitely a strength.
    You may find, as @Jihanna has posted about, that alternating the structure of Whole30 with short resets (three days? a week? ten days? etc) might serve you well.
    For myself, having done a Whole30 (and two more as resets) I am presently engaged in a dual project of weight loss and addressing my eating from an emotional and psychological perspective. I know I have all the tools I need to achieve my goals, thanks to Whole30 but thanks also to my external resources. Whole30 has helped me to get back to my natural, intuitive way of eating, where no food is demonized.
    By the way, my adult daughter (with whom I live) also has vestibular migraines (vertigo) so striving to cook nutritious meals for her to support her work to improve her health helps keep me motivated to also to keep my nutrition at a high level and to continue to be mindful about the food we eat.
    You have the tools to work this out, and I encourage you to persevere.
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    ArtFossil reacted to Jihanna in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    (((hug)))
    I'm so so so sorry, I know that's a horrible feeling to see what's happening and have absolutely no way of stopping it yet, but I'm glad you'll have the opportunity to get things going more smoothly again soon! It would be SO NICE if work lunches and the like were actually catered with awesome whole foods instead of junk  
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    ArtFossil reacted to Jihanna in Compliant Packaged Deli Meats   
    I'm a big fan of the idea of doing things at home, just because I know I can almost always get better value for my money that way... with that in mind, here's a recipe I came across not long ago that has me wanting to make some turkey sandwich meat  
    https://tastythin.com/instant-pot-homemade-deli-meat-whole30-paleo-keto/
    If making it at home isn't an option, though, here's a post with some information on brands and where to find them:
    https://www.oliveyouwhole.com/whole30/whole30-approved-deli-meat-brands/
    I'm an extremely budget-conscious shopper, and I can tell you that I've never found compliant deli meat with a price I felt was affordable for my own budget (hence typically just doing things at home instead). I have used (and still do) Garret Valley's paleo bacon, but bacon is more of a seasoning/additive than an actual meat in my house; I absolutely never buy it unless it's on sale, though, or if I actually happen to see it at LIDL instead of Sprouts.
    Good luck!
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    ArtFossil reacted to Jihanna in Doubting myself/ progress   
    Just going to throw this out there... if you're a person who menstruates (totally stole that from a mod), then dietary changes can actually play a little havoc with your cycle, which can throw you for a bit of a loop when it comes to emotions, cramps, bloating, etc. even without adding in the changes to your diet and any lingering detox you might be experiencing. If this happens to be applicable, then you might find it helpful to boost your intake of certain things to help you through it (I personally have to increase starchy veg and protein, and avoid nuts/seeds or fruit because these screw with my hormones and the fruit feeds a sugar dragon that wants to rampage, especially that week).
    Regardless of whether or not the above applies to you, however, I have to agree with the others that your meals look a little light and that following the template could help resolve some of those issues over time. Keep a log of what you eat and how you feel afterward, noting if you've gotten bloated or had other issues and how long afterward those occurred. This can help you determine if there are compliant foods causing problems in your system, which can then be avoided.
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    ArtFossil reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    Sure! I just used 2 cans of tuna, a couple of big scoops of green Thai curry paste (found a compliant one - Mae Plot brand), 3 eggs, some coconut flour as a binder, and a tablespoon of compliant fish sauce. Mixed it all well and then cooked them in coconut oil! You can do the curry paste to taste - I like them spicy!
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    Thank you! I love the Mae Ploy red curry so I'l have to try their green curry!
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    ArtFossil reacted to Jihanna in contains traces of caseinate   
    Sodium caseinate is a milk-derivative that's added (in low percentages) to improve the consistency and flavor of coconut milk powders, giving them a more creamy/milky texture. Because it's derived from milk, there are allergic properties. I would personally avoid it because it's declared on the packaging, whether it's in the ingredients or not, but a mod would have a better idea of what the official stance would be.
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    ArtFossil reacted to laura_juggles in Acetic Acid in canned tomatoes   
    Also, fire roasted tomatoes aren't fermented. 

    Sometimes, you just need to google to find out what the ingredient is (leaving Whole30 out of it) and then it's usually pretty easy to make a decision if it's okay or not.