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  1. I'm confused... isn't that article ""for better results choose this" recommendations for vegetarian protein" ? That appears to be exactly what it is. Also, I didn't come up with the idea of whey protein all on my own, it is suggested in that very article that you linked, which indeed I have already read, along with the book. A quote from the article: "You could also use a whey protein powder from grass-fed, organic sources, which would provide the protein you need with fewer downsides than other dairy products (including cheese)." I appreciate what you're saying - obviously if you don't eliminate something and have sensitivities to it you would have poor results and your reaction would skew reintroductions. That said, it's not only possible with vegetarian proteins! What if I have a sensitivity to eggs or nightshades? In that case I could do the original Whole30 and have all reintroductions skewed. (This very scenario with nightshades and FODMAPs is even mentioned in the book.) It seems odd to me that the Whole30 purports to be "welcoming" to vegetarians, and makes modification suggestions, but then has a board filled with people trying to say that the very suggestions made in the book etc. are bad.
  2. No, I don't eat fish. If I did, I wouldn't be worried about trying to do Whole30 with just eggs. I'm not doubting that it is *possible* to do an egg only Whole30, but as someone who is generally active and lifts weights twice a week, I'm not sure the minimum protein is going to be enough. Eggs only have 6 grams of protein, so I'd have to eat 8 per day to get the minimum recommendation of 46g, which is already a pretty excessive number of eggs. If I find that 46g is not enough (likely because of my size and activity level), then what? Also, I didn't say anything about fruit in my protein shakes, and I already have a protein powder without added sugar or artificial sweetener. That said, I realize that liquid food isn't ideal, which is why I'm asking this question.
  3. I agree. I just finished reading the book, where they repeatedly suggest that vegetarians eat meat during the Whole30, because science. Then in the section about taking communion they simply say that God is more important, so go ahead and take communion. Everywhere else in the book they argue that just one bite of "off program" food totally derails the program and you have to go back to the beginning. They're not just being mean, they say, it's science. Well, why not a similar warning about communion? Many vegetarians have religious reasons or strong ethical reasons (similar in intensity to religious beliefs) for being vegetarian. Yet those beliefs are not given much respect. The authors give several arguments about why vegetarians should give up their vegetarian diet, and then basically say "OK, well if you really must be a vegetarian then go ahead but know that you're not *really* doing the Whole30 and it your results might not be as good." But for the religious person eating wheat wafers for communion we see nothing of the sort. No "Well if you choose to take communion that's fine because it's part of your religion, but know that you're not *really* doing the Whole30, just the variation which allows communion wafers, and you might not get the same good results." Nope, they just say they're allowed with no caveats and no "maybe consider skipping communion for 30 days".
  4. I've finished reading the book and am planning on starting mid-month, but I need to figure out what to do about protein. I eat some eggs, but I don't think eggs alone are going to be enough to get me through the 30 days. So how to choose vegetarian proteins? I've read the book and website section, and here are a couple of thoughts. It seems like (for elimination purposes) it makes the most sense to choose a limited type of additional protein. Like, not tofu AND yogurt AND legumes, but maybe one of those. Theoretically I could manage with only whey protein and eggs. (Although I realize that smoothies and shakes aren't encouraged, a protein shake every day or two combined with eggs would be enough protein.) That said, my reason for trying Whole30 is to try to get my body used to burning fat. Because of a metabolic disorder, my body doesn't like to do that which results in low energy without frequently eating carbs and a difficult time losing weight. The idea is that the Whole30 will force my body to use fat as an energy source, and hopefully help me resist high sugar / high simple carb snacks as a way to keep my energy up after the 30 days are over. I don't currently suspect any food sensitivities, though I haven't done an elimination diet so it's really hard to know. Thoughts? Suggestions?