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  1. Hello, I am researching this food approach and am a bit stuck on some concepts I would like to have clarified. There are certain exclusions that are known largely as healthy foods. Now I know that there are many things that we as people accept as granted that may not be, however I have not seen any clear reasoning as to why certain things are excluded while others are not. A great example is buckwheat and Quinoa. Why are these bad? They are complex carbs with a good source of protein. I read the FAQ about Quinoa and the answer was quite cryptic. To quote directly "Quinoa is another one of those pseudo-cereals. While it might not technically be considered a grain, it contains properties that could be similarly problematic to your body, which makes it off-limits for your Whole30". This is not a very straight answer. What are these properties and what problems do they cause? What are the specific issues associated with something such as buckwheat? An orange or a banana is perfectly acceptable in the program but are clearly much simpler and less healthy carbs then the above "pseudo-grains". Finally I would like to hear any kind of evidence you can provide behind the concept of the "food reset"? Is there any research that supports this? Is the Whole30 basically an elimination diet, the kind used by medical providers to determine what a person may be allergic to? Before I get a bunch of angry responses from diehard fans please believe that I am not trolling! I honestly would like to know the answers to these questions and feel that they are not readily available on the resources provided on this site. I am in medicine and try to take an evidence based approach whenever I am able and need to know more before I commit to such a drastic change. Please no emotional replies, no "just do it, you'll feel better" just some concrete reasoning.
  2. I am on Day 26 of my first Whole30 and have been extremely careful with my compliance, and as a result have been feeling fantastic and seeing really positive changes - more energy, no caffeine at all in the last two weeks, not missing those addictive diet colas that I drank multiple times a day before June 1, not missing the massive quantity of sweets I used to eat, sleeping well, and experiencing almost no joint pain for the first time in ages (I used to pop Ibuprofen like candy throughout the day and am down to taking two every morning and nothing more). I have not felt "hangry" or tired or deprived, and have - shockingly to a lifelong hater of vegetables - developed quite a liking for healthy produce. Yep, I'm actually digging all the vegetables I'm eating. I realize that there is no way for any of us to do a "Perfect Whole30," but even in the face of my (mild) OCD and (not-so-mild) perfectionism, I am really happy with my compliance up to now. Here's the big problem: My husband (also Day 26 and doing great) and I had lunch today at Choice Greens, a local salad restaurant, where we have eaten many times, both before and after starting Whole30. The restaurant is set up so that, to order a custom salad (which are served finely chopped and mixed together), you take one of the paper cards near the door and check off a box for each of the ingredients you want in it and you give it to the cashier - here is the menu showing available ingredients: http://www.choicegreens.com/cgi-bin/nutrition.exe/showCat?c=Custom I ordered a salad with organic spring mix, grilled chicken breast (plain and not grilled in any oils), avocado, beets, bell peppers, black olives, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, hard boiled eggs, red onion, and tomatoes, with olive oil (I skipped the balsamic vinegar today), salt, and pepper. I felt really good about this choice, since my pre-Whole30 salads at Choice Greens used to consist of several types of cheeses, nuts, croutons, and lots of ranch or blue cheese dressing with almost no vegetables other than the lettuce. The big, beautiful, finely chopped, and veggie filled salad arrived and I began eating, enjoying its healthy deliciousness. And then I noticed them. Mixed in with all of the other items in the bowl were these little translucent cream and brown flecks of something clinging to the greens and vegetables. Were they some sort of little bean sprouts that were in the organic spring mix? Were they the little ends of broccoli and cauliflower that had come loose from the fine chopping? I looked closely and thought they looked like little pearls or beads - little grains of something. Uh oh. Were they perhaps something like - like quinoa? I actually don't eat quinoa, so I had to use my phone to do a Google image search of quinoa to see what it looked like - yep, one of the photos showed a bowl of little translucent cream and brown pearls that looked exactly like the grains that were scattered lightly through my salad. Uh oh. I called one of the servers over and asked whether Choice Greens had quinoa on its custom salad options menu (the online menu shows quinoa as a *NEW!* item, but it was not on the preprinted paper ordering card that I used), and whether it had been put in my salad. She nonchalantly replied that, yes, they do have quinoa as an available ingredient, and that the chefs only put a small amount in when they put it in salads. Yes, I realize that only a small amount was used, but I didn't ask for it and it clearly wasn't on my printed receipt listing everything I had ordered. As I stated earlier, I don't eat quinoa. I wouldn't have asked for it pre-Whole30, and I wouldn't have asked for it when reintroducing non-gluten grains after my 30 days. And it now may require me to restart my Whole30 after having made it all the way to day 26. And I am rather displeased. I have read the official discussion of this issue from the following link: http://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/ It's helpful, but I'm still not sure what to do. I realize that I'm an adult, and can tell you all to go jump in a lake rather than do whatever you suggest, whether it be to restart or stay the course for the remaining four days. I'm an adult and I get to make that choice. Got it. But I still want your thoughts and insight before I decide. It's Day 26 and I have eaten a small amount of quinoa, a non gluten grain, a food that is against the Rules. I didn't eat it because I failed to read a label or failed to read it carefully. I didn't eat it because I mistakenly thought it was okay under the Rules. I didn't eat it because I thought just a little wouldn't hurt me. I didn't eat it because I failed to ask someone the right questions beforehand. I didn't eat it because I was sloppy in checking off the boxes on my ordering card. I didn't eat it because I felt I deserved a "treat" or felt like being rebellious or was craving a sprinkle of some @#$&%*@ (insert any expletive of choice) quinoa. It was inadvertent and occurred without my realizing it despite reasonable precautions on my part. So, hive mind of Whole30 compliance, given my specific circumstances, what should I do in your opinion? Thank you for your time in reading this and your thoughts!
  3. Stomach attack

    I ate some brown rice, quinoa mix yesterday, just a little bit and I feel like I am being attacked! This was with a stir fry of chicken and veggies in coconut oil with curry powder and ginger, which I have eaten many times before. I immediately began to feel nauseous and had pain in my esophagus. Lots of burning and burping ensued plus my tongue was burning. I had previously take prilosec for a few years but quit after about a week of Whole 30 with no side effects. I did notice a little indigestion at night after reintro of sourdough bread a few days ago. So I decided that was out. But this attack is like the worse I have ever felt of acid reflux. I am not sure if I want to try anything else ever and I am not sure if this will go away. I took some digestive enzymes and a prilosec when it seemed like there was just too much pain. It is a little better this morning but I have not tried eating anything yet. What do I do now?
  4. Hi Everyone! I'm sure similar topics have been posted a lot, but I wanted to put out my personal issue to try and get some advice/input. I'm running a full marathon on Feb. 14 and am doing my second round of Whole30 starting Jan 4. During the Whole30 time frame, my training plan has me running 176 miles, so I am pretty nervous about not getting enough hearty carbs to give me energy to get through the day and through my runs. I did my first Whole30 in September, and didn't necessarily feel tired on my runs, but as soon as I was having rice and quinoa again, my pace improved by about a mile a minute. I'm very confident that I can follow the rules -- my first time, I was very strict and to my knowledge, never broke a Whole30 guideline. This time, I'm thinking about allowing myself brown rice and quinoa to eat, mainly on nights before long runs. (I have several 10 miles or over, one 20 mile run and one 23 mile run). I guess that would mean this whole30 would be less about a big "cleanse" and more about my relationship with food (which I'm fine with), although I'm sure the benefits would still be pretty great. Does anybody have any thoughts? Thanks! Jacob
  5. I came across the 'whole30' yesterday - I have been doing something very similar since May last year. I have an autoimmune condition, Graves Disease, which improved month on month after changing my diet and is now in remission. I was curious to see quinoa and buckwheat in your list of foods to avoid, as I'm aware these are (non-grass) plant seeds rather than grains. I eat a fair amount of buckwheat and so far have no problems from it. I also eat a very small amount of nightshades (I get a weekly veg bag, so if it contains nightshades I will eat them, but I dont buy them separately ever). I understand that a substantial percentage of graves sufferers may also be intolerant of nightshades. I am aware I have had a problem with peppers for years, but assumed I was allergic to capsaicin - I have re-evaluated this in the last year and am unsure if its is capsaicin or nightshades that I'm allergic to. What are your thought on nightshades, and why do you consider buckwheat and quinoa foods to be avoided? Many thanks, Mandy ps I also ferment a proportion of my veg and eat or drink something fermented everyday - I believe this is also an important aspect of a healthy diet – what are your thoughts on fermented foods and drinks?
  6. Quinoa Question

    I recently read: "Quinoa is commonly grouped with grains such as wheat, oats, barley, and rye because it is typically consumed the same way. But in all actuality, quinoa is a member of the same food family as spinach, Swiss chard, and beets—a chenopod" Does this mean we can eat Quinoa? What is W30's take on this information. Thoughts would be much appreciated.