LindsayO

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    Walmart Frozen Meals

    Has anyone tried the Walmart Whole30 frozen meals? If so, are they good and which ones are the best? I'm hesitant try eat frozen meals as most of them usually taste bad, but I'm curious about the Whole 30 approved frozen meals!
  2. As much as I love coffee, it no longer agrees with me I have severe gut issues and coffee affects my gut and produces brain fog/bloating. I have leaky gut and bottom line is that drinking coffee is very unpredictable, sometimes it's fine but many times lately it just makes me sick. The problem is, that tea just doesn't do it for me! I've tried every tea, and the only tea that I somewhat like is green tea. But it doesn't give me the energy kick like coffee does, and it just doesn't compare to that good coffee feeling you get in the morning! I'm going to try and add MCT Oil to my green tea to see if that helps give me the energy kick I usually get with coffee. I'm also thinking about drinking bone broth in the morning as I know it will probably do wonders for my gut. But it's not as good as coffee.... Has anybody quit coffee and what did you use a substitute? Back when I tolerated coffee, it was a great part of my morning routine and felt so good. Yet I don't seem to have that experience with any other beverage...
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    Candida-Help!

    Hello! Okay so I'm trying to transition from a hardcore sugar addiction (like cupcakes for lunch) to a Whole30 and I know I have a severe candida/yeast overgrowth issue from obviously heavy sugar consumption. My problem is that many Whole30 foods cause bloating and vaginal itching, like nuts, undercooked/roasted cruciferous vegetables, and olives. I'm aware of raw veggies and nuts being disruptive to the gut, but I really enjoy olives and it's frustrating that some healthy Whole30 foods are off limits for me, at least for now. Can anyone share their experience and advice for doing Whole30 with candida? I've seen my doctor several times on the issue and she just tells me to quit sugar and I've taken many rounds of Diffulcan which helps only in the short term. Lastly, does anyone know if sweet potatoes are okay if I have candida? Many resources say that Candida thrives on sugar, which makes sense but that also potatoes turn into sugar too and therefore should be avoided if you have candida. I just worry that with some Whole30 foods being off limits for me, that as a result I won't be eating enough. Thanks!
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    Candida-Help!

    This is super helpful. Thank you LadyShanny!
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    MCT Oil Powder

    Does anyone use the MCT Oil Powder by Perfect Keto? They have several flavors and also offer an unflavored version. I've used it before, and here's what I've noticed: -It helps give me an energy boost throughout the day and a certain kind of mental clarity -It keeps me full and takes the edge off of hunger -Since it fills me up, it messes with my Whole30 meal template as I really don't feel hungry until the afternoon, so I worry that it interferes with my goal of trying to have a healthy relationship with food -It also makes me feel bloated and MCT oil is known to cause digestive issues I guess I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons and see if/how it fits in with my Whole30/Food Freedom journey. I know MCT oil is mentioned in It Starts with Food, so technically it IS compliant? But it's probably not a good thing if it messes with or eliminates meal #1? Thoughts? Does anyone else use MCT Oil as part of their Whole30?
  6. I find that coconut oil and butter really helps with satiety but I experience bloating as a result. I suspect I have candida and probably experience die off symptoms with coconut. I do not tolerate starchy carbs/fruit so I try to stay on the higher fat spectrum. It’s just that compared to the other fat sources, coconut really helps me with satiety. Anybody else experience unpleasant side effects of coconut? I wonder if I stay with the program and take a probiotic, that things will sort itself out with time?
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    Primal Kitchen Mayo

    Hello! Does anyone use the Primal Kitchen Mayo for their meals? Do you like it? Also, what do you use mayo for in your meals? The only thing that comes to my mind is artichokes and a chicken salad. I’m thinking of using some mayo to add some fat to my meals. Thank you!
  8. Hello! I will search online for similar topics posted in the past, but I could use some tips on doing the Whole30 with severe insulin resistance (Pre-diabetic). Today is day 1 of my whole30 and I'm transitioning from eating cupcakes for lunch to the Whole30 plan.... I intend on following the rules/recommendations and know it will help, but are there any guidelines I can pay special attention to that can help with IR? Just looking for any specific guidelines that I can really focus on that will help with IR. Thanks! And while I know it will take time, I'm just looking for things I can focus on to start bringing relief (blood sugar normalization) somewhat soon....
  9. I was pre-diabetic a year ago and struggle with sugar addiction and I'm pretty sure I'm diabetic now. Should I avoid starch and fruit on my whole30? I feel like fruit definitely affects my blood sugar and potatoes usually make me feel lethargic and just lousy.
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    Primal Kitchen Mayo

    Thank you! Hi
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    Dark Chocolate Cravings

    Thank you Sam and LadyShanny! Great suggestions here. I think it's a very good strategy to do something else when the cravings hit, instead of doing nothing (or giving in). So I will go for a walk, etc, or eat some olives and I think it's practical to expect the first few days to just kind of suck. I go to chocolate for comfort in times of stress. So it's about creating new stress relievers and being patient with myself during the transition....
  12. In preparing for my Whole30, I have given up most non-compliant whole30 foods. The only thing is I switched to dark chocolate for sugar cravings, and I'm having a hard time giving it up! In order to fully commit to the program and follow the guidelines, I just need some advice on what to do when the dark chocolate craving comes up.... If anyone has struggled with chocolate of any sort and was able to successfully give it up, what did you do? And what do you do in that moment where you think that "some chocolate would be really nice right now"? Thanks!
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    Food advice for small kids

    Thanks! I do something similar but I add the peptides to milk.
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    Food advice for small kids

    Hello, My guy will be 5 in July, and has always been a little guy. To illustrate, size 4 pants are still way to big for him. His energy is fine, everything else is fine. But his doctor has always been concerned about his weight and I refuse to give him pediasure. I do use the Whole 30 template as a guide, and thankfully he does eat veggies, lots of eggs, avocado, compliant bacon, olives, and coconut. He'll only eat a few pieces of meat on his plate though. Any suggestions? I feel like I've done everything possible to give him whole 30 foods. He's not crazy about potatoes, (he does love sweet potato fries.....) And he does eat plenty of regular SAD food at daycare during the week.
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    Food advice for small kids

    Thanks!
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    Starchy Carbs Necessary?

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate the help. I will eat within an hour of waking and focus on the meal template, getting enough veg and fat in.
  17. Hello, I know I am not eating enough as I am either always hungry or fatigued. Definitely no tiger blood here. https://whole30.com/2017/05/tiger-blood-help/ This article sums it up perfectly for me. I am also pre-diabetic, and starchy carbs and fruit usually make me feel horrible (foggy brained, irritable, blood sugar spike). Starchy carbs make me feel like crap but then eating on the lower carb spectrum also makes me feel like crap. Is it possible to do a whole30 without starchy carbs? Happy to post a typical day of eating, and if it is possible to do a whole30 without starchy carbs, I suspect I need to focus on getting more low starch veg and fat. Thanks!
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    Starchy Carbs Necessary?

    As a matter of fact, yes, I do! I'm super tired in the morning when waking up, then my coffee helps....then after lunch I totally hit a wall and can't keep my eyes open, until I get home in the evening. Then when I get home from work I'm not as tired.
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    Starchy Carbs Necessary?

    Thank you so much! I am literally doing everything in my power to not fall asleep at my desk today... I can increase the veg and fat, but will the eating within an hour of waking really help with energy? Guess it's a hard habit to break, but if that is where some of the magic happens with energy, I'm all for it!
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    Starchy Carbs Necessary?

    I suspect a lot of tough love is going to follow as I am not following some guidelines.... Wake up at 6:00 and have a cup of black coffee, make breakfast to take with me to work. M1 at 8:30-3 eggs, 4 slices of complaint bacon, half an avocado if it's ripe! M2 at noon-2 cups of spinach on top of salmon patty, 1 tbs olive oil and vinegar M3 at 6:00-8 oz steak with 2 cups of steamed broccoli with some olive oil on top. Now, I was eating a ton of roasted veg (Brussels sprouts) with a generous amount of olive oil (after it's roasted) and I actually became addicted as it was sooooo good! I was having heaps of it with every meal, then I got a yeast overgrowth/infection and wondered if there was a correlation to the increase in Brussels sprouts. Or it could have been nuts as I went overboard on nuts recently so added nuts to my "no" list. Pretty sure I need to try adding more veg and fat, and eat an hour within waking
  21. Hello! A few years ago I did a Whole30 and coconut oil was a really useful fat source at that time. Any time a meal was low on fat, a thumb size amount of coconut oil worked really well and kept me satiated. Fast forward a few years to doing another Whole30 now, and I am not having the same response from CO. As soon as I have some, it puts me to sleep! I'm very tired and sometimes get a headache. Google says it's probably "die off", which makes sense because in between my two whole30's, I became a sugar addict and was eating 5 candy bars a day or more... Has anyone experienced this? Do the die off symptoms go away eventually, going slow with the CO? Or should I avoid it completely and focus on the other fats? I have also heard that this is like a "healing crisis", so while it may be uncomfortable, it's actually a good thing. CO just worked so well for me before, and it's a convenient portable fat to have on hand when you need it.