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  1. Our first day after completing our Whole30 is my husband's birthday. I've managed to convince him to have a wonderful dinner at home (you know - give yourself the gift of health!), but he has asked for two things: beer or wine, and ice cream. I read the reintroduction in It Start with Food and had planned to follow it, except these two requests throw a curveball into the plan. Thoughts on keeping it a Whole30 day and then for dinner adding the alcohol and then having coconut milk ice cream? We'd have to watch the flavors and other mix-ins here, but figured it was better than dairy options. I was thinking I could then do the next two days Whole30 and get back on the regular reintroduction plan. We had such a successful 30 days, I just want to do my best to keep us on a good track! TIA
  2. Hi there, I'm on day 25 of my first-ever Whole30. Hooray! I feel great. I don't crave my (sweet) treats like I thought I would, don't crave the gluten-free hot cereal, except for the fact it's easy, and am proud of myself for upping the vegetable consumption. The *only* thing that concerns me is that I have thought about my celebratory glass of red wine all month. Every day. I want that glass. I'm an athlete and am a very light drinker. Over the past few years, one drink a week, maybe. Sometimes every few weeks. Sometimes if there's more social events happening, more than one in a week. I can limit myself to one, but it takes mental effort. Because........... I come from a family of alcoholics. Both sides of my family, including my father. And, in my 20s, I flirted with it. I started drinking heavily to self-medicate. Fortunately, I got my s**t together. I'm 47 now. That's why, I think, I have to really use my willpower to stop at one. What concerns me now is that I'm thinking about this darned glass of wine so much. I worry this is the genetic predisposition rearing its head, and wondering if it's a sign I should just give up alcohol completely. Another thing. In the months before I started W30, I was drinking a little more than usual. Like one a few times a week instead of one whenever. Almost always due to work stress, not because of a wedding or birthday party. I love W30 for helping to bring this and other food issues to light. And for many other reasons that I won't babble on about right now. If anyone has experienced something similar with alcohol, I would love some perspective. Thank you,
  3. Hello! I've just completed my first ever Whole30 and I feel amazing. I truly don't miss any foods, and don't really have the desire to reintroduce any (yet). The only thing I miss is red wine! I would like to stay Whole30 compliant food-wise while reintroducing red wine slowly - thinking a glass while cooking dinner tonight, and over the weekend, and then back to no wine at all next week. Then reintro for foods. If I do this though, am I just completely sabotaging my reintro? I don't know if this makes a difference, but my sugar dragon doesn't feed off of sweet sugary foods, but it rages for savory carbs (pasta, rice, potato chips). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  4. 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!
  5. I know we are able to drink things like flavoured sparkling water, or make 'mocktails' for special occasions, but what about using something like this product? It is a distilled non-alcoholic spirit. All the ingredients are compliant, but I have a feeling this might fall into the SWYPO category. Thoughts?
  6. nonnawickwire

    On Day 15 of my first Whole30

    Hello all! My name is Carol and I am doing the Whole30 for the first time. I am on day 15. I have been very strictly following this with the exception last night of a martini (which I folded and drank after pressure from my husband to join him). I had a rough first few days, mostly cranky, tired. A little headachy. After that I have felt GREAT! So on Day 14, I broke down and had a martini with my hubby. I have felt the worst today ever. Monster headache (despite taking tylenol before bed, and an ultracet and tylenol this am) which lasted all day, body aches, and lethargy (had 11 hours sleep last night). I feel like I may be so highly sensitive to the sugars in alcohol, that sugar may be the dastardly culprit behind my frequent headaches. Ugh. Well, it is so nice to meet you all! No more "cheating" for me!! It totally wasn't worth it! I promise!
  7. Odette

    Apple cider

    I see that the ketchup recipe uses apple cider, but the apple cider that i know in some countries has alcohol which is not Whole30 allowed. Can it be that this apple cider is just normal apple juice? The Portuguese version of the book just mentions apple cider, and for Portuguese or Brazilians, that one has alcohol... What do you recommend to replace it with?
  8. mummitch

    Day 1 September 30th

    I have been more or less Paleo in my eating for months, whole foods and cooking from scratch. I already make ghee, homemade mayo, bone broth etc. But need to do this to give up the alcohol. I really think I’m addicted, but tell myself it’s just a habit, pouring a glass of wine as I’m cooking dinner, then another and another. :/ So here goes! Hoping it’ll make me feel better physically...and better about myself.
  9. Dustin.huiting

    Unity kombucha

    Can I have unity kombucha beer. It is made like normal kombucha but fermented to 8% alcohol but the alcohol is the byproduct of fermentation and there is no added sugar.
  10. I would like to be sure that natural/herbal/homeopathic remedies (with one form of sugar) and diluted with Brandy (yes... that alcohol...) are allowed while doing the Whole30. I read what the books tell about taking prescribed medication by doctors , but in this case it also has added alcohol and it is the persons choice to take it. Some say "yes", because at the end of the 30 days, there was not much alcohol ingestion, some say "leave it for 30 days, if you can stay without it"... So, what to do? I think that if taken by a persons choice, than it´s not allowed, but when prescribed as a "must" for a treatment, then yes. I also heard that "if you can have alcohol vinegar, than you can surely add a few drops to your medication". So, what would be allowed in the program in this case? Thank you in advance!
  11. Hi, I need some help......I am a serious chardonnay drinker (20+) years. I quit drinking 30 days prior to starting the W30, but I wanted to know if this program is harder for those that are addicted to alcohol. I am on day 25 and I'm really struggling with depression, lethargy crankiness and stomach upset. Is my body still trying to detox from the wine as well as foods with sugar? I don't want to quit since I'm so close, but this has been going on for several days now and want to know if it's normal. Thank you.
  12. I have been pretty determined to wait until Day 40 to have alcohol in the evening. However, it's Day 30 and I am really considering having a martini tomorrow night. It's been a pretty crazy few weeks for me on all counts, and my soul, my SOUL wants a drink. Is the idea here that, at times, the sugar and booze will send us off the plan/reintro etc.? Reintro is still very important to me. I want to do this correctly and I know I can. I know I can wait 10 more days for some alcohol, but I needed somewhere to dump this whine-fest. And, get feedback. Thanks.
  13. I am thrilled with my Whole30 results and am excited about this new lifestyle with more energy, better mood and a healthier body. Here are my results: able to lower all medication dosages clear skin more outgoing happier/less irritable no sugar cravings everything tastes better/more flavorful kicked my Splenda "addiction" no arthritis pain never got sick (even though everyone else in my family did) lost 10 pounds (and never felt hungry after the first few days of sugar withdrawal) I like people - lol! Last night I started my reintro with a half glass of red wine. To my chagrin and disappointment, I woke up in the middle of the night with a splitting headache. I didn't have a single headache throughout the entire Whole30. Anyone else experience this? What did you do? I have a huge wine cellar - this is NOT good me through this...Do I try again?
  14. *I'm sure this topic has been discussed elsewhere, but I could not find it through several different searches - please point me in the direction of an older post if there is one! Has anyone tried limiting their reintroduction to just alcohol? I am in the middle of my first Whole 60 and will be finishing on September 30. While I was worried about cravings at the beginning, I have been doing really well managing them and really do not miss any non-compliant foods. I feel so good, I don't think I really want to stop after Day 60, but I do really miss the occasional cocktail or glass of wine. Has anyone had any experience with making it to day 30 (or 45 or 60 or whatever you chose) and limiting their reintroduction to just alcohol? Eventually, I am going to have to reintroduce some other foods as I am spending three weeks in Mexico next February and really don't see how I can survive that trip without eating any corn, beans, or added sugar. Would it be reasonable for me to limit my reintroduction to alcohol for now, and then reintroduce some of those other foods in January? Is this timeline totally against the idea of Whole 30? I know I could just keep to a strict Whole 30 and not reintroduce the alcohol until January either, but I'd really like to be able to enjoy a hard cider at the local cider mill this October, some wine at Thanksgiving, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  15. I have a few seeming remedial issues/questions to throw out on this forum. Here goes: I'm on Whole30 (Day 11 wrapping up) and I'm just wondering what the basis is for not having alcohol--as in a glass of dry white wine, which according to my research, has 4 grams of carbs and less than 8 grams of sugar in a glass and 100 calories. I'm fine not having it for 30 days but when I go back to "normal" I'm thinking of what I may want to add back in and wine is definitely at the top of the list. So it got me questioning what is wrong with it in the first place? Is it bad for you if you have 1 glass a few times a week, generally speaking? I thought it had tons of sugar in it, but apparently most dry whites don't. And I have a local wine store that I shop at where they pretty much know the vintage, etc, so I can get some personalized service when I am done with Whole30. I guess it can depend on a lot of factors, which is why knowing the vineyard, vintage, etc (via the wine store owners) is key. My other question is bread. Without it I am hungry all the time. Which is a different issue (below), but my question is, why is bread the devil lately? I know so many people who are gluten free, but bread has been around for the ages. Do we just eat more than our ancestors did? Or do our bodies just not process it the right way anymore? I was thinking, once Whole30 is over, I would start making my own bread. Is that a better option? Is everyone anti-bread because it's so processed these days? My kids love their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and it's one of the staples for their lunch. So before I go giving up on bread in my house, I want to know the reasons why everyone is on the gluten-free bandwagon, even if you don't have gluten intolerance issues? No one in my family has gut or gluten issues. We have pretty iron stomachs. I'm happy to make my own if it's bad because of over processing. And pasta that is whole wheat and organic? Is that "bad" now? Because in Italy I'm guessing most kids still eat that every day (probably not even whole wheat) and it is another staple in our diet. I'm trying to sort out which foods my family should avoid. I know with weight loss bread is a big one to avoid, but if the rest of us (not including my husband) digest things fine, then is it wrong to eat it? If not, then how many servings are okay a day? Now onto my hunger: I'm doing this because, while I eat pretty well, I think I could eat healthier. But the main reason is to support my husband because he wants to loose some pounds (like 10-15). But I don't want to lose any. I'm already on the thin side. Today I had Chia Pudding, 2 eggs and sweet potato cakes for breakfast and was still hungry. I ate a big lunch, a huge chicken salad (Whole30 approved), charred zucchini, then a cashew-banana-vegan smoothie, then had a spoonful of cashew butter and while at the gym, I still bonked. Total sugar shakes, etc. Luckily I had a Lara bar with me but that barely did the trick. I felt like I was going to pass out. I'm feeling worse by the day on Whole30. Is it possible my body just doesn't have the reserves to do this? I have always had a very high metabolism so I'm wondering if i'm burning through everything too fast, and if so, how to fix it? I know I threw out a lot here so thanks in advance for anyone who wants to take on my questions!
  16. As I near the end of my first Whole30, I'm thinking about what I'm doing differently now. For sure, I'm not consuming 12-24 ounces of wine multiple times/week. As I think through whether I have a "healthy psychological response" to wine, I would veer away from saying yes. If I have one, I want two. If I have three, I want four. Aside from completely giving up wine, what are some ways you consider drawing boundaries around your "no brakes" foods and drinks so you can learn to have a healthy relationship with them? Thanks!
  17. On day 11 here and feeling fantastic while planning reintroduction - I'm a planner... I have a couple of questions: First: what exactly is gluten free alcohol? Is gin gluten free? I have a gin tasting event on day 1 after the end of my Whole30, and I'd really like to participate. Second: Say I introduce dairy with no ill effects, and go back to W30 for 2 days before introducing legumes, can I have dairy on my legume introduction day? Thanks in advance for any help!
  18. OK, I must be the only alkie on the forum...... . I am so looking forward to having a cocktail or two on DAY 30. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to drink alcohol post Whole30? I'm a retired teacher and my friend and I drink LOTS of wine. And I love my Jack Daniels. What is the best (least damaging) alcohol suggested. ANYONE? I"m on day 28 now. I've loved the program (excuse style)). I want to be a Whole30 junkie, but I need to add alcohol... any advice??? And please don't tell me I'm on the wrong forum LOL... Happy Whole30ing to all!!!! Loved it. Gonna do it again. Thinking every other month....
  19. Alleyface


    Why is this ok if it has alcohol in it? Gts organic gingerade is what I bought
  20. I just finished my first Whole30 and have a few questions about how Reintroduction works: How do I reintroduce formerly off-limit food groups while also using the Whole30 meal planning template of palm-sized portion of protein, plate of veggies, and a thumb-sized portion of fat? For instance, I'm supposed to add legumes back into my diet tomorrow. Do beans count as a protein or a fat? Should I replace my usual source of protein with beans that day, or just add a few spoonfuls to my regular source of protein? Some non-W30 food, like alcohol, have effects I am already familiar with. Does this "food group" need it's own stage of reintro? What have you experienced W30ers done in the past that has helped you evaluate the effects of those food groups? How did you go about creating your own guidelines for eating after Whole30? Do any of you know where I can find some postW30 eating guidelines aimed to encourage weight loss?
  21. I have just stated my whole30 program and cannot find an answer in the Forum about drinking or not drinking Alcohol free beer. I live in Germany where such a drink is quite popular. The only ingredients are: water, hops, hops extract and barley malt. There being no added sugar and no alcohol maybe it's an ok drink for the program. Thanks for any guidance for a beginner.
  22. I am on Day 7. On Day 6, Friday night, we had a cocktail party to attend. I really wanted to go as there were some good friends there and possibly some new friends, which is always nice. But I was concerned, of course. To prepare, I ate dinner just before going so I wouldn't be actually hungry. That was a good move. And I was prepared to just drink water. After greeting and being greeted, we all moved toward the bar set up in the back yard. Soda, wine, and booze. I found one lone bottle of Indian tonic water. Okay. Water. Perfect. Poured it, added lemon, took a sip. Not sure. Took one more, quizzically, but wasn't sure if the sweetness was the lemon or what. Checked the bottle. Sugar. I had no idea there was such as a thing as sweetened tonic water. My sips were miniscule. This week I've learned that my first bites of something I didn't make myself or buy myself need to be like testing for the king himself -- just little tiny bits to let my tastebuds tell me what I need to know. Went to the kitchen and poured tap water. The table had the usual array of snacks at parties in India and a few nods to the Americans tastes of the host and guests: samosas (nope), little hamburgers (maybe, if I take off the buns), dips (too unclear), watermelon (okay), raw veg (okay), paneer (nope), various deep fried pasty covered things (nope, nope, and nope), and an appetizer sized quiche thing (nope. So, table assessed, and loaded with tap water with lemon, I visit, chat, and nibble on carrots. Tried the hamburger sans bun only to realize I had a mouth full of potato (it was some Indian kind of "hamburger" thingie). Spat it out without swallowing, delicately, in the kitchen, where no one could see me. Barely avoided that one. went back to carrot and cucumber snacking. Probably should have just NOT snacked. Probably should have just relied on my very own water bottle, which I carry with me everywhere in part because of safe drinking water issues in India, and in part because of Whole 30, as I like to have flavors all day, so I carry flavored water (ginger, mint, lemon grass -- more or less weak, iced cold tea). So it was a success, but for the two very tiny tester sips of the tonic water. But what a MINE FIELD! OMG. Ironically, the host was our doctor and his wife. And all I could eat drink was veg sticks and tap water :-)
  23. Krista Billows Rodriguez

    My bike got a flat!

    My my my how easy it is to slide back into old habits. The past few weeks I've gone through my reintroductions and tried to "ride my bike". Well, my bike got a flat tire. My undoing? Alcohol. My brain does not compute moderation with regards to drinking, add to that a husband who really enjoys a couple nightly drinks-and annoyingly seems to suffer no ill effects-and you have a sad and frustrated Krista. And a foolish one too! I drank a beer Sunday night, I knew I shouldn't but darn it, it looked good! So I drank it, I even told my husband I would pay for it and oooooh nelly did I pay!?! Monday I felt like I had a load of rocks in my gut, I was so bloated and uncomfortable! Beyond my physical pain my depression has started flaring back up. I told myself, no more! Then Tuesday night rolls around and hubby suggests cracking a bottle of red wine....did I say no? No. I agreed. The wheels on my bike just fall right off in the face of alcohol. When I finished my W30 I vowed NOT to return to the multi times a week drinking, I know it impacts my depression. I know it makes my anxiety worse. I know it makes my temper worse. I know it sends me face first into a bar of dark chocolate. I know all those things and more yet I still struggle with saying no. so, today marks Day 0...again. I have an event coming up in a little over two weeks, so I'm calling this a W15. I don't know for sure if the food at the auction will be compliant, I know there will be a gluten free options, that's the benefit of being the head of the PTO, I get veto power on the menu! Knowing that the food might not be 100% compliant I will give myself permission not to stress about it that day. After that I plan to continue....until I can get a handle on the booze demon. The simple answer would be to eliminate it from my house, but we are a house divided, my husband-while enjoying my paleo cooking immensely-is not interested in adopting a W-anything-lifestyle. I cannot change him, but I also cannot continue to use him as an excuse for my drinking. I will say though, it makes it much harder to stay on track. But I'm the one who suffers most when I go off track.
  24. ileahal

    A Small Amount of Alcohol?

    So it's day 12 for me and I haven't cheated in the least! Haven't even really been tempted too much to be honest. Then of course, the biggest temptation ever comes to me tomorrow night... It's my best friends birthday. At a bar. In a college town. Being 22 and not drinking often is hard enough, but being forced into a bar with drunken fools is brutal. So I was wondering, is ANY kind of alcohol going to completely kill my whole30? I wasn't wanting to go too crazy, was just thinking of taking a couple shots of pure vodka. If this is going to ruin things for me, then I definitely won't, but if there's anyway that I can get away with drinking a little bit that anyone knows of, please share.
  25. I think Whole30 has ruined alcohol for me, which I realize is a good thing, but old habits die hard. On Thursday I had one glass of red wine. You would think that after a month of not drinking it would hit me hard, but it didn't hit me at all. It did, however, make me sleep like crap. Then, on Friday night my husband and I went out to dinner, and there was wine there too. As is typical for me non-W30, Friday and Moderation are mutually exclusive terms, and I probably consumed the equivalent of around 1/2 - 2/3 of a bottle. Not only did I notice that the buzz felt more like I'd been poisoned, but the headache was much worse yesterday morning (and in fact I still feel a bit off today). I'm realizing that I don't want the wine anymore, but I'm so used to madly craving it that a part of me can't wrap my brain around not wanting it. It's a confusing place to be! Just wanted to vent my experience.