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  1. HealthySnacker

    Success while snacking?? Migraines too.

    Hi there everyone, I'm writing to ask about your experiences with Whole30 if you didn't stick to big meals (i.e., following all the rules but not all the recommendations). I'm at the end of day 3, right now, and I feel like I can manage Whole30 as long as I can graze throughout the day and eat fruit as much as I like (probably five+ servings a day). Questions: have you done Whole30 this way? And if so, how did you feel about your overall results? I'm not capable of eating big meals (I get full too soon- I'm fairly petite) but I really don't get the concept of satiety that lasts for hours. I get full, then hungry rather quickly. A bit about me: My regular diet is pretty typical for Southern California: mostly vegetarian with some chicken and fish. I do eat a lot of carbs, but don't drink alcohol, I avoid fried foods, msg, processed foods & snacks. I'm saying this to give you an idea of which things are and are not big sacrifices for me. I'd love to hear from other people who started in a similar position to me. I understand that Whole30's aim is to help people change their hormones in a way that would give them more of a sense of fullness. I'm open to the idea that I may be able to eat larger meals with bigger gaps as the month goes on... but right now that sacrifice is too great ob tip of everything else. I had a migraine in each of these first three days ( for which I took triptan medicine) so struggle of this experience has been compounded. Thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing from you!
  2. MandaJo

    Weird Added Sugar Issue

    So I’m on day 12 of my first Whole30 and I came across a product that threw me with added sugar. I’m not sure if it’s off limits or not because it doesn’t have any form of sugar as an ingredient, but it has “Incl. 4g of added sugars” in the Nutrition Facts! Does anyone know if that’s an issue? Or why it would be there and not in the ingredients? thank you!
  3. Shannon Bradley-Colleary

    Sugar in my coffee

    Hello All -- I am winding up my Whole30 with no slips except for one Lara Bar a day and perhaps a bit too much cashew butter so I don't think weight loss is going to factor too large in my results. But I am thrilled I haven't had any alcohol or refined sugar throughout (a big change for me). Truthfully I don't miss the alcohol or the pastries and ice cream as much as I thought I would, but I do miss having a little sweetness in my morning coffee. In my reintroduction I'd like to add some sweetness to my coffee and I'd love to know which sugar is least damaging and most recommended? Is coconut sugar a better choice? All thoughts appreciated. Best, Shannon
  4. Hi there, I am at the re-introduction phase and having issues with almost all of the food I didn't have during the whole 30! When I reintroduced wheat and soy (wheat, then soy), I had allergic reactions: hives, itchiness, and even throat-closing (I was almost getting Epipen!). Prior to the whole 30, I have no problem with wheat or soy, other than minor digestion issues. Sugar gave me a migraine (wasn't able to work for a half day). Rice, which was introduced the first even before wheat and soy, turned out to be OK, although I had a bit of bloating and tiredness. I feel like I am "oversensitive" to the food that I didn't have during the whole 30. At the post-whole 30, has anyone experienced allergic reactions (or allergy-like symptoms) to the food that you used to be OK with?
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  6. Hi! Starting reintroduce on Tuesday! I have never done reintroduce before, and I'm a little confused about the added sugar part. The reintroduction part on the Whole30 website says to add one thing back for a day while keeping the rest of your diet whole30, then go back to Whole30 for 2 days, fine. My question though is what about things like dairy and gluten. I saw a whole30er I follow on instagram use Noosa yogurt for dairy reintro, which for SURE has added sugar. Is it okay to have legumes/gf grains/dairy/gluten with added sugar? I've been unsure about how to reintroduce these things because most of them have added sugar. I was thinking of getting my beloved soy latte at starbucks for legumes but I know that the soy at starbucks has sugar. Any advice would be appreciated. :-)
  7. So I'm a few days into my reintroduction and I'm thinking how successful my Whole 30 was, 4 lbs, 1 inch off my waist and an overall happy gut! I'm really only reintroducing a few things like oatmeal, sweetened creamer in my coffee and the occasional sweet treat (macaroons, yum!) so I'm wondering if by bringing these things back, am I making my body stop using its fat as fuel? Will it burn those cards instead thereby reducing my weight loss? I read that is what happens on Whole30, your body changes how it runs, so I'm worried that by reintroducing certain foods, it will stop burning fat in that way. Does anyone know the science around this? Is there a certain sugar/carb ratio to stay under to keep your body burning its fat for fuel?
  8. Hello everyone! I start my whole30 tomorrow morning and I did some preparing today by shopping! I know sugar is not allowed in the whole30 (duh), but I'm a little confused on something... I was reading labels today at the store, and while sugar wasn't on the ingredient list, the nutrition label said it had sugar in it... so can I have the said item or not? For example, a can of Hannaford Tomato Sauce lists ingredients: "Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Water, Less than 2% of: salt, onion powder, garlic powder, citric acid, natural flavors, dehydrated bell peppers" But in the label it says "Total Sugars 2g" ("Includes 0g Added Sugars) Is this just the natural sugars you get from tomatoes? Should I be more concerned with the ingredient list or the nutrition label (or both)? What if the label DIDN'T say "added sugars"? A few items were like this, so I didn't buy the product just in case (but will need them soon if I want to make what I have planned!) If this is a product I should stay away from, anyone have any recommendations for tomato sauce, tomato paste and canned diced tomatoes? (I live in New England). Also, is there a source/list of products you can scroll through/browse to see what is approved? Little about me: I don't drink coffee, and am considered a social drinker to alcohol and soda (not even once a week!) Bread, pasteries, and ESPECIALLY chocolate are my biggest mountains to climb. Any tips or advice is welcomed! Thanks for reading! ^^ -oh, and I know it's been answered (but can't find it) but is popcorn okay to have? I'm mainly talking about the Skinny Pop brand (the plain/original flavor in particular). I think I read the answer is no, but it was because of the butter in it (which the original does not)
  9. Hi everyone, So... i'm curious about something. I've actually looked through the forums and can't find anything specific about this exact phenomena. I started my "first" whole 30 at the end of January. About 9 days in, I had to restart due to some soy in my teabags i hadn't realized was there, but other than that, i had been perfectly compliant. It so happened that the date that I restarted at day 0, I had a doctor's appointment with a new doctor who I went to see so that I could have someone who helped me track the response I had to the whole 30. He was enthusiastic and took my blood and did a bunch of baseline tests, and I moved on with restarting my whole 30. So as of the 9th, when my blood was drawn, I'd been eating whole30 compliant (except for the herbal tea with soy lecithin) for 10 days. As far as I have been aware, as of the last tests I'd had a few months before that, there was no trouble with my sugar. But the test from this doctor (fasting) came back with high sugar. I'm not sure how high- I see him tomorrow to go over that. But when they told me, I thought maybe the 4 oz of coconut water i'd had that morning had messed up my results, so i have tested several fasting sugar levels in the am this past week, and the first one was scary high. 213. They've gone down a bit first to 186 and then settling around 175. But I seem to now really have high fasting blood sugar on a consistent basis. So, i'm just curious if anyone has experienced this phenomenon. Something I read implied that maybe it's more a result of glycogen and liver function overnight when you go longer than 5 hours eating, with your body starting to convert fat instead of carbs? And also something about eating a lot of coconut oil (and i've been using coconut oil and coconut milk etc) possibly doing something ketogenic wise? Could that be why? Can someone explain to me what actually HAPPENS overnight when your body fasts that might account for it? I just really expected that the numbers would be LOW. I am not eating any real quantity of fruit except a bit of pineapple or berries with meal 3 here and there. I'm having reasonable portions of protein - not massive loads of it, and a really wide variety of fresh, raw and roasted veggies - probably easily 8 cups a day. I'm not having any of those blood sugar crash driven cravings... in fact this way of eating has been remarkably easy for me to stick with... pretty much the only thing I miss is the cream for my coffee, and even that's not all that hard - more a wistful sorta sigh type of missing The food on the whole 30 actually represents an increase in variety from the strict fodmap diet i had been on for a while for my stomach difficulties (whih are totally resolved on the whole 30 - no issues at all!) Maybe it's just a coincidence of timing and i truly did develop diabetes in the past few months, right before I went on the whole 30 and it just hadn't been diagnosed.... i guess an A1C test might show that... but I was hoping to walk in tomorrow armed with an explanation where I could say "let's just wait 30 days and see if it fixes itself".... I really don't want to go on meds. I don't want to be stupid about it, but it seems such a downfall to go ON diabetes meds halfway through a whole 30. If anyone wants to review my logs to see the sort of meals i've been having, I have literally logged EVERYTHING... here:
  10. Call me Phoenix. I started the Whole30 on March 17th 2018. It was absolute hell. I've never had my body feel worse. For 10 straight days I had a pounding headache/migraine, I had no strength in my body, I couldn't sleep, and I just felt completely miserable. I could hardly move around the house. Granted, all I had been eating was carbs, dairy, sugar and more sugar, so I knew stopping it all at once would be harsh, but I felt it had to be done. I didn't except the fallout to be so hard on my body; that was a wake up call. Then day 10 hit, and I don't know if it was some new medication I started for anxiety or what, but s--- hit the fan. I went from following the plan completely for 10 days to running out to the store for some lemon juice and coming back with a handful of candy bars, 4 slices of pizza from Pizza Pipeline, and devouring half a carton of Tillamook ice cream with 2 cans of diet and caffeine free soda. And I hated myself for it, because I instantly felt better. My headache went away, I got my energy back, and I've slept better last night and today than I can remember sleeping in weeks. But then the reality hit me. I was 10 days in to the Whole30, and I threw it all down the drain. And my cravings for junk are worse than today than they were yesterday. At my heaviest, I was 280lbs. Before my binge yesterday, I was at 225lbs. This morning, I was back up to 230lbs. Is that even possible? Did I eat 5lbs worth of crap? I'm totally devastated. Not only do I have to start over completely (Yes, I absolutely have to start over 100%) I have no idea what made me break so badly yesterday, but the worst of it is, IS THAT I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I WAS DOING. No one forced pizza down my throat. No one scooped ice cream into the bowl for me. I did it all on my own. And I hate myself for it. This time last year I was down to 170lbs. Long story short, calling off my wedding 3 days before did not help matters, and I spent a good 4 months in bed crying, depressed, and eating everything within sight, which rocketed me up to 250lbs. But I don't want to live like this anymore! I don't want food to control me or my life! I am desperately, desperately ready to get over this garbage and eat well. I've made sure my meals were balanced with the whole 30... good fats, a fair amount of protein, lots of veggies and some fruit with a meal, and as much water as I can remember to make myself drink. But for some reason, I AM HUNGRY ALL THE TIME NO MATTER HOW MUCH I EAT and I hate it. I did finally go to the doctors yesterday to have them test my thyroid and hormone levels, because intense hunger is something I've been dealing with for years now. But I feel like I let myself down so badly. I mean come on.... I had made it 10 whole days!!!! My plan is water fast Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if I feel like I'm dying I'll have a small amount of veggies and protein once a day) and then to restart my Whole30 on April 1st. I'm just hoping that I wont have to deal with the miserable fly like symptoms I got the first week I tried. Do any of you have any advice for getting through this? And for not feeling like a total failure when you mess up? I know what the rules are, and this wasn't a tiny slip. It was a major one. And starting over is the only choice I have if I'm serious about really doing this. But man. I just feel worthless. My goal weight is 130-140lbs. I just want to be there by this time next year. So why do I feel like I won't make it?
  11. Chelsea Cooper

    Angostura Bitters

    Hi. I’m not interested in reintroducing alcohol just yet but I am wanting to reintroduce Angostura Bitters back into my diet. While it has a high alcohol content, the amount you ingest is so tiny since only a dash is usually added (in my case to club soda). The ingredients also list sugar and caramel colorant. My question is would I consider this reintroducing alcohol or something else since the ingredients also list caramel color and sugar? I really only use are a teaspoon per drink. Thank you!
  12. eatclean_4life

    Metamucil Dr Orders

    I searched for some information on this and although there are a few that touched on the subject I didn't see anything that helped me. I recently was diagnosed with an anal fissure that has since healed (yes ew and ouch). The doctor had me take a TBL of metamucil daily. Which worked. Mind you I am someone that eats fruits and veggie so lack if fiber isn't my issue. We went on vacation and I didn't take it for a week and winded up with constipation which lead to tearing again. My point is what in the heck can I take if this is not compliant? I don't enjoy the flavor in the least. Every version of it either has sugar, fake sugar or something else I can't identify. Appreciate to hear from someone who's had similar conflict with the product and Whole 30 compliance. I am on round 1 day 4 and doing great otherwise! Thanks
  13. Just started my vegan whole30 and on day 6. Yay!! I am also reading It Starts With Food and finding it helpful in understanding the underlying reasoning, which helps keep motivation up. As I understand it, the idea is to eliminate all inflammatory foods and then slowly introduce ingredients to gauge their effect on our body. Given this, why are red meats allowed as part of whole30? The link between animal fats and inflammation has been established well beyond doubt, and so is its harmful effect on the gut bacterial fauna (which in turn leads to inflammation and tissue damage). Grilling it only makes the effect more potent. So why are *any* animal products allowed (instead of merely cutting down on dairy) as part of whole30? Has anyone here who has, e.g., arthritis or IBS here noticed difference after whole30 with vs without animal products? Thanks! Rahul
  14. tuzmusic

    Cashews - natural sugars?

    Newbie here! I just bought whole cashews at whole foods. The ingredients list just says "cashews", and this is Whole Foods so I very much trust that. But the nutritional facts says Sugars: 2g. Am I right in assuming these are naturally occurring sugars and that these are okay? Thanks!
  15. Can’t believe reintroduction is coming up in less than a week! I’ve done two Whole 30s previously and I did the fast-track reintroduction both times (followed generally the plan laid out in the book.) Had no real reaction to anything, other than a little bad mood with soy, and a huge resurgence of my sugar dragon. And then just generally my old habits crept back pretty quick. I’d like to do something different this time. I’m thinking of a combo fast-track and slow roll. I was thinking of starting with wine, but this time focusing on wine in recipes/cooking. I have a ton of recipes that are alllllllmost Whole 30 compliant, but for a little wine. After that, I’d like to do added sugar, because again, it’s hard and annoying to avoid in cooking/ingredients. Also, I’d like to see if I can add it back in in cooking without awakening my sugar dragon. Basically, I’d like to know if I could have these items back in my cooking as part of my food freedom. After that, I’d like to then do the slow roll, and just eat Whole 30 (with possibly the cooking wine/added sugar if no bad effects) until something comes along that I really want to specifically test out. Sound reasonable? And I assume I should go back to pure Whole 30 compliance between the wine and added sugar tests? I was thinking of doing the individual tests for longer than just a day or two. I was thinking about five days since it might be important to see the culmulative effect since I’ll likely be having relatively small amounts in a given meal.
  16. I am on day 11 and have been following this program to a T. Today, I went out to breakfasts, it was a work meeting. I made sure to ask the server about my meal to make sure it was compliant. I took a black coffee. After drinking about half of it, I kept thinking it had a sweet taste to it. I asked the server and they add sugar to the grounds to take the bitterness out. I am so upset I could just cry. Its been two hours now and I have an awful headache. I know the answer, but just want to hear it said to me. I have to go back to day one don't I?
  17. Hi, I am on day 7 of my whole 30. I followed the rules 100% on day 1. However, on day 2, I actively made the decision to use mustard with added sugar in my salad dressing. I looked at the label and thought,"ugh. it has sugar. Whatever, this little bit of sugar won't hurt. I'll get compliant mustard tomorrow." I did get compliant mustard on day 3, and have followed the rules 100% besides that instance. I've been stressing over whether I need to add an extra day to my whole30, e.g. have my last day be February 5 rather than February 4. I really don't want to have to add on an extra day! Is the mustard enough of a deal breaker to justify tacking on an extra day?
  18. amandablakley22

    Endometriosis & Sugar

    Hello ladies, I am on day 32 of a compliant whole 30. I decided to do this program because I suffer from chronic endometriosis pain. I decided to buy some cold cut honey glazed ham as my first reintroduction. Does anyone know how long it takes to get pain from having a reaction to the sugar/honey. After eating this ham I started having mild pelvic pain again... which I have actually been free from during my whole 30. Any help or research would be appreciated... thank you so much!! Amanda
  19. Twall58

    Sugar vs added sugar

    Starting the #JanuaryWhole30 next week and I have been doing a lot of reading but I still need a little clarification. The question is are products that naturally have sugar okay on the whole 30? Looking to make a compliant catsup and have not found a tomato paste with no sugar. Found one at Whole Foods with 3 grams of sugar and "No Added sugars". Is this okay? Another example is Good Belly probiotic drink. Most have added sugar so they are out but I have a Good Belly Coconut Water with NO ADDED SUGAR although it has 13 grams of sugar listed on the label. Again, my main question is, are items that naturally contain sugar Whole30 compliant?
  20. Hi! I think Whole30/ Melissa needs to outlaw larabars and anything that comes in a small wrapper. I never would have even known what they were or tried them if they weren’t mentioned in the book so much. After looking at this forum I realized a lot of people are having issues with "treating" themselves with a half Larabar. I’m on week two and was doing so well, but then saw Larabars at Trader Joe’s and got one and before you know it, I was back in the store buying five. The Whole30 book talks about the "spirit" of whole30, yet Lara Bars and Epic bars literally the only brand and thing allowed that can be eaten from a wrapper. My guess is Whole30 gets paid to promote these products. But if Whole30 outlawed chips, then why would they allow sweets in a wrapper labeled "cookie." The "Cashew Cookie" larabar messes with my head. I just ate cookies on Whole30. I think that anything sweet and processed should either be homemade or outlawed. Larabars are like candy and I just don't think it's right to put them in the book so many times. I never ever would have even looked in the "bar" section of my grocery store. I get they're for emergencies, but the WHOLE point of WHOLE30 is to do things whole heartily. Wrappers are cheating and i kinda feel like i failed and need to start over again because i ate so many lara bars in two days.
  21. Aatifah21


    Hello all, I'm new to the forum. I literally needed to make this post because I just started the Whole30 diet on Sunday, but AF is visiting and I NEED sugar omg. I used to eat a lot of carbs all of the time. I'm talking 2 cinnamon raisin bagels for breakfast EVERYDAY, some sort of sandwich for lunch or soup with soup crackers and multigrain bread. Also I used to be addicted to the ZonePerfect Fudge Graham bars and I'd eat 3 at a time (the pharmacy around where I live ALWAYS have them on sale for 3 for five dollars ) so my question is, how do I get my sugar fix? I know it's counter intuitive but I'm dying and AF isnt making it any better! Any fruit bars? Any sort of cacao infused fruit or nuts I can buy? If not then I'll have to just suffer. I'm not hungry and I know I'm not hungry but I can't stop thinking about these cravings! It's driving me insane! Please help. - Aatifah21
  22. Almost50

    Sugar in Almond Butter

    Newbie, Day 7; just realized the Justin's Vanilla almond butter I used during day 5 has sugar in it? I used about 1 tbsp, do I have to start over?
  23. Local gas station chain in Iowa called Quick Trip has unsweetened peach tea... I am having a hard time finding the ingredients.. I can find the nutrition facts and it says 0grams of sugar, but could there be fake sugar? Is all unsweetened tea okay?!
  24. Hi folks! I'm on day 4 (start date was 9/10/17) and have had some cravings this week. I just read something that indicates not to head for fruit if having a craving. I have done that this week, as well as had a Lara Bar (Apple). I'll do better tomorrow! Haven't noticed much change other than I am feeling fuller than usual eating less food, and not feeling gorged when I have eaten the whole plate. This weekend is a test of commitment. Boyfriends birthday on Friday and I'm taking him to dinner. He is easy so Mexican it is--fajitas for me and that means I can splurge on the steak and shrimp! We also have a friends kid birthday then next day...which is what I'm more concerned about. I plan to bring my food to his place so I can finish preparing what I will eat. But one thing I need to plan on is snack foods. Any suggestions? Then we have dinner with his parents which is also a concern as they likely won't have items I can eat. So again, packing my dinner :-) looking forward to beating the sugar cravings soon.
  25. if i’m craving something, to any varying degree, would it be wise to “give in”? i know i’m allowed to eat whatever i want because i’m an adult but when those cravings come and i just want to make some homemade cookies with my husband on a tuesday night, is this a recipe for disaster? or is this just an opportunity to practice food freedom and ask myself if making those cookies will be worth it and if it will do more harm than good (physically and mentally)? (grated, making homemade cookies is tough because you have a whole bath right in front of you). i guess after reading everything melissa has to say about it, “cravings” = sugar dragon, which means i should ignore it/starve it. so no homemade cookies when I’m craving it? i guess i feel like i'm doing something wrong if i'm "craving" something in particular and going out of my way to get my hands on it. hopefully that makes sense! thanks in advance!