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Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post. I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this: Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that). Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about). Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey. And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post): Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like. Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you. Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
Please can someone help me find a compliant brand of olives?! I love love love olives and would most likely eat them as my "fat" portion with most meals however I can't seem to find any that don't include a bunch of ingredients. I have Unico Stuffed Manzanilla in my fridge right now but I don't know if I can eat them. Here are the ingredients: Olives, Water, Salt, Minced Pimento, Lactic Acid, Sodium Alginate, Guar Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Chrloide (this was the ingredient I really wasn't sure of), Citric Acid. Since I don't recognize a lot of those, I've been trying to use the "when in doubt, leave it out" rule however I'm having trouble finding a fat source to go with every meal and since I love olives, it'd be awesome if I could have them. If anyone could help, that'd be amazing. I'm in Ontario, Canada by the way.
I searched the forums for this particular restaurant but didn't find it anywhere, so I hope I'm not reposting! I have a dinner devotion at McAlister's on the 22nd and I need to know if I can actually attend and stay compliant! Can some more experienced W30ers check the menu and see if there is anything on there I can have? Soup was my first thought, but their soups are always changing and I don't want to get there and not have any approved soup available! When I called it also sounds like most of their soup is non-compliant anyway. So then I looked at the salads, she said their grilled chicken has no added sugar so would that be my best bet? A grilled chicken salad with oil and vinegar dressing? Do I need to dig further on their chicken to see if it's compliant? Is there anything else on the menu I might possibly be able to eat? TIA! http://www.mcalistersdeli.com/