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  1. 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.
  2. Trail Mix Recipe ??

    Does anyone have a good trail mix recipe that is simple and quick to make? The boyfriend and I are taking the dog to the lake to go hiking and play fetch, where all of us out for the weekend and soak in some sun rays. We will be traveling a good hour's drive to get to the point, so I want to go prepared and make us a trail mix to munch on to keep our energy levels up. As of tomorrow, he will be on day 6 and I will be on day 4 slash 6 of the Whole30. We don't need anything fancy, I prefer to not have anything super salty. So far all I have come up with is making my own banana chips with lemon juice, buying some raw cashews, raw walnuts, dried dates, dried cranberries, shaved coconut, and maybe one other raw form of nuts. I've looked up a few recipes online that say whole30 friendly but there are ingredients I'm not sure about, like maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, or non-dairy chocolates....If could find non-dairy chocolates and use those, I would be in heaven! I would love to hear some of your ideas please
  3. Hello! I'm partially through the book, and I'm planning to start my Whole30 this Saturday, 7/15. I'm trying to get some things straight so I can start planning appropriately. Here are my series of questions: Snacking. Maybe I missed it, but WHY no snacking? What's the reasoning/science behind that? I also saw in another forum post that you do not recommend eating fruit and nuts/nut butters together—why is this? And is that combo acceptable when eaten together in a meal as opposed to a mid-afternoon snack? What's the Whole30 stance on smoothies? Currently, one of my favorites is blending 1 avocado, 1 banana, lots of spinach (whatever I have on hand/can fit in the vitamix), and cacao powder with water and protein powder. The recipe usually gets me 2.5-3 smoothies in the 12-16 oz range. Is this okay to consume as a pre-workout snack? Or any other times throughout the day (like an accompaniment to breakfast or lunch)? I'm worrying in advance about the no snacking, as there's usually a long period of time between lunch and dinner. My job is dependent on deadlines, so I'm not always leaving the office once 6 pm hits. A 7 pm dinner is often a pipe dream. If I go too long w/out a snack, I start experiencing low blood sugar symptoms, and sometimes a painful, distended stomach. The distended stomach is something I’m hoping Whole30 might help, but still. I'm a worrywart. I do plan on meal-prepping, but any other tips, advice, suggestions, recommendations, or guidance? Thank you!
  4. Hello guys, I'm on my second day and I've been learning a lot here in the forum but there's something I'm not getting. I study and work. I usually have breakfast around between 7 and 9, it depends on the day, and lunch at 12:10 because I have to leave home at 12:30 to get to work and I only get back around 19:30. It seems that ˜7 hours (6-hour shift + transportation) is too much for a gap between meals. If I don't eat a small snack around 16:00, I get home starving and can't control my actions haha. Should I really try not snacking or that is normal? I get home and need to study a little bit more until 23:00 almost every day, so no early dinner :/
  5. Pre-wo meal help needed!

    Hello all you lovely Whole 30ers, I completed a Whole 30 last summer and absolutely loved the program. I am prepping for a second round and I have three questions about the pre-workout meal. I am aware of the recommendations on the meal template for a pre-wo meal. "...include a small amount of protein (1/2 a meal size or smaller), and (optionally) a small amount of fat (1/2 a meal size or smaller). Do not add fruit or carb-dense veggies to your pre-workout snack. It specifically says if you train first thing in the morning, something is better than nothing." 1. Does a handful of whole 30 approved nuts and/or seeds or a couple of spoonfuls of nut butter work as a pre-workout meal? I am allergic to the protein in eggs so eggs or any item made with eggs are not an option for me. I have done small portions of chicken with avocado or something similar, but it is hard for me to stomach when I am not hungry (especially if I am training in the morning). 2. Sometimes I work out twice in one day; two mile run with the dogs in the morning before work and then weights, rock climbing or other cross training in the afternoon. Should be eating a pre-workout snack twice in one day? 3. According to the Whole 30 book, coffee should be drunk with a meal as it is an appetite suppressant, but does it have to be with a full meal? Or can coffee be drunk with a pre-workout snack? Thanks in advance! Candice
  6. I am on day 3 and I have been really hungry basically since I started. When I eat I feel like I have eaten too much but then 30 minutes later I feel like I need to eat again. Should I have a snack when I'm hungry or should I try to ignore the cravings? Is it better to eat larger portions at meal times and try not to snack as much or are a few light snacks between meals okay?
  7. Approved crunchy/dry snacks?

    Hello! I'm starting my first whole 30 tomorrow. I have been eating mostly whole 30 in preperation and have found most of the food I eat is a "wet food" like meat, fruit, and veggies. Does anyone have suggestions for compliant crunchy "dry food". I'm already tired of plantain chips and nuts!
  8. Energy for gym

    Hi! I am on day 3 of my first Whole30. I worked out yesterday and didn't feel like I had enough food fuel in my system to finish my workout. I will have to have a snack in the afternoon to fuel my workouts. I go really hard in the gym. Thoughts?
  9. Light Pre-WO snack?

    I just started my first round of whole 30 and am unsure about snack that I can have throughout the day and before working out. I usually work out most days just before lunch or dinner, so I don't need an special post-workout meal, however, sometimes I feel like I just need a little something before working out (I do cardio and weightlifting mostly). I'd be happy with just an apple or a handful of nuts but what I could find is somewhat inconclusive , because it's often referred to as pre-workout meals that seem way more substantial than I need...especially given, that I usually have lunch or dinner shortly after.
  10. Snacks!

    I'm on Day 4, but it's my first day of going back to very heavy exercising (I was sick last week) and I'm starved! I did my breakfast, pre and post workout snacks, plus a huge lunch, but I'm still hungry. I'm worried because every time I've asked myself the question about whether I would have fish and steamed veggies the answer has been a resounding yes! However, I'm at work and have no more food left with me, what are some things I can have that I can find at a deli or Starbucks? And can I snack on veggies all afternoon long for instance? Thanks in advance for helping me!!!!!!!
  11. I am on day 6 and am experiencing cravings after dinner. Before Whole 30 I would normally have a protein shake before bed with almonds, oats and casein. A typical day of eating for me now is: Breakfast: 3 egg whites 1 full egg / 1 cup of peppers, 1 cup of broccoli / 1 TBS coconut oil / coffee black Lunch: 2oz chicken/ 2 cups of lettuce/ 1 cup zucchini / 1/4 avocado / handful of nuts Snack: 2oz chicken/ 1 cup peppers Dinner: 3-4oz chicken/ 2 cups of lettuce/ 1 cup zucchini/ 5oz sweet potato / 2 tbs olive oil Current snack: 2 tbs almond butter / 1/4 banana I own a CrossFit and am always on my feet/ coaching. I participate in class 6 days a week at around 4 or 5pm. Prior to Whole 30, I would have a shake after my workout. I am now having my snack after working out. What else can I do for my after dinner snack! Thank you in advance F/#114
  12. Fruits and nuts

    Hello there, I have a question about the program rules. I know that fruits, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are allowed to eat. Is it a problem if I have some fruits (1 or 2 depending on the size, I mean like either an apple or 2 small clementines for example) and approximately a handful of nuts, (occasionally) dried fruits with my 3 meals per day? For instance I have omelette for breakfast with a lot of veggies AND a fruit and some nut, then again lot of veggies and protein for lunch and dinner, side of a fruit and nuts. (For pictures of the foods find me on Instagram: ) Is that okay, or should I cut down on these things and stick to the meat and veggie version? As for me I don't think these are snacks since I eat them only with my meals, but I don't eat them together. I mean it would be awkward for me to eat broccoli with apples. I usually don't have snacks between the meals, only in those cases when I do exercises and it's not time yet to eat lunch or dinner, then I have a post workout meal, but otherwise no snacking. So what do you think? Is it okay?
  13. Fellow whole30ers please help! I'm on day 9 of my first whole30 and am hungry all. the. time. I'm trying not to snack because I want to become fat adapted, but can't make it between meals. I drink a lot of water and include lots of fat and protein with each meal. I've tried eating larger meals, but then I feel like I overate (sick and tired with a tummy ache), and usually am still hungry for a snack. I'm also afraid of gaining weight. I always *need* a snack at 10:30am, 3:30pm and when I get home from work. I always *crave* a snack before going to bed. Any ideas of what might be going on? and how important the "limit snacking" piece of the program is? Thanks a bunch!
  14. Hong Kong

    So I wasn't sure where to post this but thought I would try here. I live in Hong Kong and recently started the whole30 and have found it really tough to find restaurants or even health food shops to get snacks (even for paleo which I dabbled in before this). Is there anyone else in hk struggling like I am and never eating out with friends!? Or even where to buy meat you trust? Any information will be greatly appreciated! Even if it is just to say you're in the same boat as me! Thanks in advance! Jen
  15. Need more food.

    I understand the meal template should keep you satisfied. But I just can't eat all that food in one sitting. Eat till I am physically full, but I still am hungry. Poor nutrition absorption due to Crohns. Lost a lot of weight and hadn't been able to gain back. Not losing anymore for months and I don't want to lose now. I don't care to gain, but I just want to eat. More. Food. But I can't do it in 3 sittings. What do I do?
  16. After School Snack

    HI! I'm in high school so every morning when i wakeup i eat a good breakfast at around 7:15-ish but then at about 10:45 i have to eat lunch because that's when my scedule says it is. i can't really eat in another class because i have no time. this wouldn't be that much of a problem but 1)i'm not overly hungry by that time and 2)when i get home (about 3:30-ish) i am STARVING! i need an afterschool snack! any ideas?? i would still eat a normal whole30 dinner like i would without school so it doesn't need to be a huge meal! thank you! i would also like to avoid nuts and fruit because i feel like they awake my sugar dragon (:
  17. Hi friends! My husband and I are starting our first Whole30 on April 1st and we've been planning a lot, but there's one area I need some help in. We normally do a small protein shake post-workout to recover & replenish, so I'm having a hard time figuring out some real food options for post-workout snacks. I know they are supposed to be protein + carb, but I was wondering if I could get some examples from you lovely people on what your go-to post-workout snacks are for recovery! We do CrossFit, so any of my fellow WOD-lovers, feel free to weigh in
  18. I am just so excited to be Day 2 but to have also found out about back bacon. As an American, and a Southern one at that, I am used to my bacon grizzly, curled and hissing with grease. I was delighted when I found out I could eat it with Whole30. But today, when I made the rookie mistake of not preparing a breakfast last night (I never make time in the AM), I was ravenous by 9AM. I could feel my body crashing and I knew coffee was not going to work. I popped down to our local organic market (if anyone is in RVA -- you have to check out Harvest on Main) and they had back bacon. You can eat it without cooking it. Think prosciutto but with a bit more umph behind it. For those of you who have hectic mornings and need something filling to snag and compliment your breakfast with, I highly recommend it. The owner/butcher of the store is an avid Whole30'er and I was able to run down all of the questions with him. This is a locally sourced bacon but has no sugar, no additives-nothing. It is delicious. Also, I am struggling on breakfast ideas. I am not a huge egg fan. Anyone have some great go-to's that don't require eggs? Thanks!
  19. So today I was strolling through Target this morning, and what to my wandering eyes should appear but a lovely & tempting little fruit snack... Not sure how new they are, but I've never seen them until today- I just need to be sure they are safe... can someone please help me out? Snack: Big Slice - Kettle cooked apples (Grandma Hoerner's) Comes in a few different flavors- I bought the ones I thought would be safe. Flavor: Natural, Raspberry hibiscus & green tea extract, pineapple passion fruit & fiber, boysenberry chocolate None of these flavors appear to contain any sugar, sweetener, wheat or other gluten in their ingredients. Example: Raspberry hibiscus & green tea Ingredients: Sliced apples, water, apple &/or white grape juice concentrate, raspberries, xanthan gum, green coffee bean extract, fruit & vegetable juices for color, absorbic acid, natural hibiscus flavor, citric acid. The thing that mostly concerns me are the concentrates and juices- is that compliant or no? If they are, I would definitely recommend eating only a small amount at a time as the packs are pretty large servings. You can look up these and other products and their ingredient lists at to inspect further if they are Whole30 compliant.
  20. Snacking...

    Snacking - I've done it most of my life - not so much that it interrupts my meals, but having started on the whole30, I'm having a hard time giving up the habit. I *think* I'm eating enough fats and good foods to hold me until the next meal, but I still find I'm wanting something. I'm upping my water intake, especially during the snacking times, but I still reach for a handful of almonds or cashews or a carrot. Generally something crunchy. Is this OK? Or am I hurting myself? TIA!
  21. Advice

    Hello all-- looking for advice...I work 3 12 hour shifts per week, and on a typical workday I usuall eat breakfast around 6am, lunch around 1-2pm, and dinner when I get off work at 8pm. Is it acceptable to have a snack between my breakfast and lunch since I go so long between those two meals?
  22. Matts munchies

    Is this in the no zone? Ingredients are (for the mango at least) organic mango purée. That's it. Nutrition facts- 1 container 35 cal 0 fat 0 cholesterol 0 sodium 80mg potassium 9 carbs 8 sugars 0 protien
  23. Fruit and nuts as a snack?

    Help! I read on another person's post (in the serving size forum section) about how we shouldn't have fruit and nuts as snacks. I think we're not supposed to snack at all, but if we do need a snack, is fruit or nuts a bad idea? Please let me know, I have been snacking on blueberries and apples when I'm hungry. I remember reading in ISWF book that if my meals are satiating enough (with protein) than I shouldn't need to snack between meals. I'm on day 5 and have significantly been snacking less, but still get hungry between meals (even though I'm eating 1 1/2 palms of meat at each meal.
  24. For a great lunch idea: 1 hard boiled egg half of a small avocado lemon salt 1/4 red pepper (chopped) -mix together, add some onion or pickled cucumber if needed 1 red pepper - cut the top and remove the seeds (keep the top) stuff the empty pepper with the mix place top back and take with you for the road
  25. "Snacking"

    I am starting my first W30 on Tuesday and am feeling good about following most rules but need some help with the "snack" rule. I work early so I generally have to have breakfast by 6:45am and then don't have lunch until 1pm. I can't make it through all that time without at least something to hold me over. I have been working on reducing the amount I eat, but still am starving by 10 or 11am. I generally eat either carrots with celery or a handful of nuts and a quarter of the pear (the other 2-3 quarters I eat with lunch). I know there isn't "technically" a rule against snacking other than to try and have a mini meal if I do snack. Any ideas about compliant things one could eat for a morning snack? I can make it through from lunch to dinner and I do eat a large breakfast so I can't just add more there. Thanks for any ideas!