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  1. Fed Up!

    Watch the trailer of this compelling documentary on sugar, the fast food industry and a compelling reason to keep going with our Whole30.
  2. 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?!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Hi! I'm new forum but wondering if these hair vitamins are compliant with Whole30. I looked for hidden sugar ingredients based off the fact sheet but I just wanted to be sure... please see photo and lmk
  6. 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?
  7. RX Bars and Lara bars

    My husband and I are prepping to start Whole30 next week and I see a lot of people talking about rxbars and Lara bars for Whole30 approved snacks. Both of these have grams of sugar listed on the label- I thought no sugar was allowed?
  8. TL:DR Day 4 saw me getting IV fluids to rehydrate and add back electrolytes after quitting soda (sodium) and switching to water. Magnesium and Potassium levels also dropped giving me heart palpitations. I knew going into this (Whole30) that I have a serious sugar addiction and most of my sugar comes from soda. I drank at least two 12oz cans a day but most days it was 4-6 cans and I never drank diet. As I'm not a dietician or even a healthy eater I never even thought about sodium levels and not getting enough. I figured it was the opposite and I should avoid sodium if anything. So there I was, 3 days after quitting soda cold turkey. I couldn't stand up without having blackness close in on me and nearly passing out, tachycardia, severe headache where I could feel my heart beating in my skull, peeing every five minutes and heart palpitations. I was drinking plenty of water plus the Whole30 book specifically said I would feel like I had a horrible hangover. Feeling like my heart was going to beat out of my chest when I was just laying in bed freaked me out enough to call my doctor. The drastic depletion of large amounts of sodium (Cokes) plus all the water I was drinking eliminated some essential, life sustaining minerals. Sodium, potassium, and magnesium I believe are the ones my doctor told me were dangerously low and helped me replace. As a side note, I normally take Epsom salt baths for Magnesium but the ES baths also dehydrate which was a big part of my problem in addition to the missing minerals. The doc told me all of those are important for muscle function, including the heart, so if I hadn't gone in I could have done serious damage to my heart. Throw in the fact that I was dehydrated, which made my blood thicker, I was asking my heart to work harder without the things it needs to do its job. I'm not sure I quite understand how it all works even now. I've been googling Whole30 with my symptoms and only found a few partial matches so I wanted to share my story in case someone else goes down the same path. If anyone has more insight for me on the mechanics of how and why this happened I would appreciate it. It was scary to be told I was hurting myself when I thought they were just the normal detox symptoms. It's 12:30 am so I'm officially on day 7 and I feel so much better. The last two days I haven't even craved my morning Dr. Pepper. That kinda makes me sad because I love soda so much but I have two small kids who I plan to be around for for a very long time.
  9. So I started my Whole30 journey today and already messed up! Grr! A couple of girlfriends asked me to lunch at work today and I said, sure, as long as we go to Pei Wei or Chipotle, where I've read you can find compliant menu items. (BTW - I had packed a lunch already, but I never miss a chance to catch up with these two fun ladies!) So we went to Pei Wei and I ordered from the gluten free menu. I ordered Spicy Pei Wei chicken, which had lots of veggies and "Pei Wei spicy sauce." Like a true Whole30 rookie, I started eating the dish only to taste the very sweet sauce. I asked an employee what was in the sauce and she told me "sugar and vinegar." Then she proceeded to rattle off all the sauces that have sugar in them. Like everything basically. So, I'm bummed I made a dumb mistake on Day 1. And I'm bummed that I'm starting over ALREADY! I want to be able to enjoy an occasional lunch out with friends. If you've done this successfully and eaten more than just steak and plain baked potato, I'd love to hear from you.
  10. Yesterday, I was making a salad, and saw a jar of mushrooms in the cupboard, and thought those would taste great on it. This has to be the one and only time since I've started this that I didn't even think to look at the label. I mean, they're mushrooms. Right? So today I looked at the jar, and they have sugar added. If I look at the serving breakdown, it says there is 0 grams of sugar per serving, and I'm not sure I even had a serving, but there is obviously some in there. So, does sugar that doesn't even come out to a gram enough to mean start over? I'm asking in the sense of reintroduction etc. I'm 21 days in, so I really would like to continue on.
  11. Oops... 2g of sugar :(

    Hi Whole30 Fam, Question for you- tonight I made chicken curry. Without thinking (I know... this is how it always starts...) I added 2 tsps of Sriracha to the sauce to make it a bit spicier. It wasn't until after I ate it that I discovered that there was added sugar in the Sriracha (ugh). Learned my lesson. It's 1g of sugar/tsp, and I only ate 1/3 of the sauce. Does that small of a hiccup warrant a restart?
  12. Headaches

    Hello - I'm on Day 25 and about once a week I'm getting headaches that last a day or two. Could this still be sugar withdrawal? I'm drinking tea so I don't think it's caffeine. Has anyone else had sugar withdrawal last this long? Thanks for any help
  13. Sugar Withdrawl

    I am on day 4 of Whole30 and have had dreadful headaches the last 2 days. I am drinking as much water as possible, but thinking this really is my withdrawal symptoms from sugar/carbs. Anyone else have similar side effects with headaches? If so, how long did they last?
  14. Documentary: Sugar Crash Just shy of an hour ... documentary about the ramifications of sugar in our diets. Has an Irish focus, but obviously there's a message here for all of us. @jmcbn have you had to deal with this "sugar culture" they mention?
  15. I finished my second full round in January and want to go again in May. BUT, during my last round I had a major trouble. After I got my Tiger Blood, my energy level dipped to a all time low. Even more troubling, I got headaches after each meal. Both continued and progressively got worse until I finished my 30 days. I made sure I drank plenty of water and I feel my whole30 was prefect as far as fats/veggies/proteins. I upped my fats when tired and did not snack unless really needed. But as I progressed through my 30 days, my desire to face-plant into a chocolate cake grew stronger and stronger. Once I hit day 31, I lost all will power and ate that cake. My headaches immediately stopped and my energy returned. I can only think my headaches and fatigue were due to the lack of carbs and/or sugar. And my body did like using fats for energy. I want to start a round, but I'm worried about a re-occurrence of the headaches and fatigue. So, if the headaches and fatigue after meals were due to lake of carbs and/or sugar, do I up my intake of carbs next time? Reduce the fats? Please someone advise me!
  16. So I'm in day 4, things are going great so far, but I'm starting to notice how many products have sugar in them. Any advice how to the difference between added sugar and natural sugars? At first I wasn't eating anything that contained any amount of sugar per serving, but so many food have naturally occurring sugars. How do I tell the difference?
  17. I won a silly, fun little office bet. So the coworkers that lost had to each give me a couple bucks. So I told everyone I would bring treats yesterday for their "donations". None of them are doing w30 or are gluten or dairy sensitive like I am. So I decided on cupcakes! I mean I knew I could handle it! I had no problem purchasing them and then taking them to work. The problem was that I bought enough so that everyone would get one. I didn't know my boss was going to bring in donuts! And I didn't know so many were taking vacation. So I ended up with 2 dozen left. When I went to consolidate the boxes, and give a dozen to a coworker with 4 kids, and take home a dozen to my husband and brother-in-law, I just did the natural thing and picked them up on the sides (trying to avoid touching the unavoidable frosting). I got frosting on my fingers from a few of them! Then I did something I've never ever done before! I washed the frosting off my fingers! It was actually a very good and strange feeling, changing a deeply rooted habit. Or starting to change it. I haven't touched a cupcake since going dairy free 9 months ago, and being gluten free almost 2 years. But I plan to make some gf and df eventually. Anyone else experience something similar? Edit: I forgot to mention I'm on day 21 of round 1.
  18. Starting On March 28th!

    I am starting the Whole30 on Monday! I am a HUGE sugar addict! Any tips on avoiding this? I usually use gum, but that is not allowed. Also, I can go all day eating healthy and keeping myself in check, but the second I get home, I can eat the entire refrigerator! Any suggestions on why this is or how to keep that at bay during the whole30? Thanks in advance for all your support! Angela
  19. Hello! I'm in the middle of my first Whole30 (Day 21), and I'm loving the changes I'm observing so far! Just in the first two weeks I noticed my face/cheeks are less red and puffy, my stomach is less bloated, I'm not tired in the middle of the afternoon, and I'm not getting headaches! My husband and I are in this together and have been very particular about meal planning, reading ingredients lists, and keeping each other accountable. Here's my question- The first two weeks, we barely ate any fruits. This week, I bought some grapes and some dried (no added sugar) mango slices. About two hours after eating just a handful of grapes, I noticed my cheeks had gotten quite red. On the days I have eaten some mango slices, I've had some stomach/"bathroom" issues. Is it possible we took the "no sugar" restriction too far? I'm worried that moving forward, any time I eat fruit or any foods with a significant amount of sugar that I will see some negative reactions. Has anyone here noticed any similar occurrences?
  20. Sneaky labels

    Saw this in my landlady's cupboard ... thought "hmmmm, that "Added" bit in a different font looks sneakily suspicious!" Wait, what's that on the bottom??? Ohhhh, "with Sucralose" Ok, well that's what they meant. No sugar added, but it does have Sucralose (added). Ok, I can accept that. But wait, what do the ingredients say?!!? THREE "sugars" "added"!!! Obviously an experienced Whole30'er would not be swept up by such label-writing TOMFOOLERY, what with our experience in avoiding sneaky sugars and being label savvy in general, but man, I feel bad for the rest of the world. Engineered food is a chemical chameleon!
  21. Day 7 of my first Whole 30

    Hi all from Alberta, Canada. I started my Whole 30 journey last Monday and I've had an amazing week on this program. So far, I'm feeling less bloated, my sugar cravings are manageable . . . (some days are great, other days not so much like today while I'm marking grade 8 essays and I'm dying for sugar). I've also slept through the night for the past 3 nights in a row which is unusual for me. I'm also not really experiencing hunger in between meals anymore, which again, is very unusual for me because I'm always hungry. What are you all eating for breakfast. I've always eaten an egg, toast and a bowl of fruit for breakfast so I didn't think I'd get tired of eggs so soon but I have. This week I mostly ate leftover fried potatoes and fried eggs and fruit. Any other "breakfasty" ideas that are quick and easy? I have about 20 minutes to make and eat breakfast. Also, how are you combatting boredom eating? I'm marking right now and I just want to eat and eat while I'm marking. Is this just a will power thing that I'm going to have to deal with? Thanks all. Looking forward to another great week on the Whole 30!
  22. I'm one week into reintroduction (have tried non-gluten grains and dairy so far). Last night, after 3 days of feeling good and stable, I tried one 12 oz hard cider around 7:30 p.m. I went with the cider because I wasn't ready to try gluten-filled beer just yet. I felt absolutely fine drinking it and was tired by 9 pm my normal bedtime. However, once I tried to sleep I couldn't. The cider is the first really sugary thing I've had since finishing the Whole30 and I'm wondering if that influx of sugar right before bed super charged my body and kept me awake. I felt tired but could't sleep (and I've been sleeping great for the last week). Has anyone had a reaction like this to cider or sugar? I don't know if it's the sugar in the cider (much sweeter than a beer would be) or if it's the alcohol. Today I feel ok, just tired after only 4 hours of sleep.
  23. Sugar Question

    Hi everyone! I'm just gearing up to start my first Whole 30 and I want to make sure I get it right! I'm a little confused about some of the sugar stuff and was looking for some help. I completely understand that no added sugars of any form are allowed, but when I am looking at labels, I'm still seeing sugar percentages on labels that don't have any added sugar in them. For example, Red Jacket apple juice only has apples and vitamin c listed on the ingredients, but there are still 30g of sugar on the nutrition facts. Same thing for the Wegmans vegetable broth. There is no added sugar, but there is still sugar listed on the nutrition facts. Help! I'm so confused about what I should be looking at or avoiding here. Thank you all so much!
  24. To Sugar or not to sugar?

    Hey all! Just wondering if anyone has decided, during reintro, not to reintro added sugar? I gave w30 a shot in January, made it to day 19. Added sugar is my Food with no brakes, and I feel helpless around junkfood/sweetened foods/etc.; I've struggled with binge eating in the past too. I'm planning on doing a round 2, but want to plan ahead. I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences & if they decided to continue to leave sugar out of their diet?? What are your experiences? Is it challenging?? Even if you dont have this experience, any insight would be greatly appreciated!
  25. Under doctors orders I went dairy/ gluten free which led to me feeling amazing which led me to whole30. About 2 weeks ago, I got a cold which has now morphed into Bronchitis and I feel like garbage. Why when I feel like garbage do I want to put garbage into my body!? I am not on a 30 day right now but have been eating a Paleo diet. The last 4 days I have lost desire:energy to get in the kitchen and take care of my food prep and myself. I've beeen sucking on cough drops that contain sugar and have been consuming honey. Being Insulin Resistant this was a very poor choice on my part as now the insatiable hunger is back. I want All.The.bread and I just ate 2 pancakes so I could take my antibiotics WHAT????? (thanks for not putting them away DH) what the heck did I just do!? HAS anyone experienced a terrible/cold or flu? What do you take? What home remedies do you use that are sugar/honey free? I believe that introducing the sugar from the cough drops started a downward spiral. Time to reset ASAP.