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  1. Cashews - natural sugars?

    Newbie here! I just bought whole cashews at whole foods. The ingredients list just says "cashews", and this is Whole Foods so I very much trust that. But the nutritional facts says Sugars: 2g. Am I right in assuming these are naturally occurring sugars and that these are okay? Thanks!
  2. Just started my vegan whole30 and on day 6. Yay!! I am also reading It Starts With Food and finding it helpful in understanding the underlying reasoning, which helps keep motivation up. As I understand it, the idea is to eliminate all inflammatory foods and then slowly introduce ingredients to gauge their effect on our body. Given this, why are red meats allowed as part of whole30? The link between animal fats and inflammation has been established well beyond doubt, and so is its harmful effect on the gut bacterial fauna (which in turn leads to inflammation and tissue damage). Grilling it only makes the effect more potent. So why are *any* animal products allowed (instead of merely cutting down on dairy) as part of whole30? Has anyone here who has, e.g., arthritis or IBS here noticed difference after whole30 with vs without animal products? Thanks! Rahul
  3. Can’t believe reintroduction is coming up in less than a week! I’ve done two Whole 30s previously and I did the fast-track reintroduction both times (followed generally the plan laid out in the book.) Had no real reaction to anything, other than a little bad mood with soy, and a huge resurgence of my sugar dragon. And then just generally my old habits crept back pretty quick. I’d like to do something different this time. I’m thinking of a combo fast-track and slow roll. I was thinking of starting with wine, but this time focusing on wine in recipes/cooking. I have a ton of recipes that are alllllllmost Whole 30 compliant, but for a little wine. After that, I’d like to do added sugar, because again, it’s hard and annoying to avoid in cooking/ingredients. Also, I’d like to see if I can add it back in in cooking without awakening my sugar dragon. Basically, I’d like to know if I could have these items back in my cooking as part of my food freedom. After that, I’d like to then do the slow roll, and just eat Whole 30 (with possibly the cooking wine/added sugar if no bad effects) until something comes along that I really want to specifically test out. Sound reasonable? And I assume I should go back to pure Whole 30 compliance between the wine and added sugar tests? I was thinking of doing the individual tests for longer than just a day or two. I was thinking about five days since it might be important to see the culmulative effect since I’ll likely be having relatively small amounts in a given meal.
  4. I am on day 11 and have been following this program to a T. Today, I went out to breakfasts, it was a work meeting. I made sure to ask the server about my meal to make sure it was compliant. I took a black coffee. After drinking about half of it, I kept thinking it had a sweet taste to it. I asked the server and they add sugar to the grounds to take the bitterness out. I am so upset I could just cry. Its been two hours now and I have an awful headache. I know the answer, but just want to hear it said to me. I have to go back to day one don't I?
  5. Hi, I am on day 7 of my whole 30. I followed the rules 100% on day 1. However, on day 2, I actively made the decision to use mustard with added sugar in my salad dressing. I looked at the label and thought,"ugh. it has sugar. Whatever, this little bit of sugar won't hurt. I'll get compliant mustard tomorrow." I did get compliant mustard on day 3, and have followed the rules 100% besides that instance. I've been stressing over whether I need to add an extra day to my whole30, e.g. have my last day be February 5 rather than February 4. I really don't want to have to add on an extra day! Is the mustard enough of a deal breaker to justify tacking on an extra day?
  6. Sugar vs added sugar

    Starting the #JanuaryWhole30 next week and I have been doing a lot of reading but I still need a little clarification. The question is are products that naturally have sugar okay on the whole 30? Looking to make a compliant catsup and have not found a tomato paste with no sugar. Found one at Whole Foods with 3 grams of sugar and "No Added sugars". Is this okay? Another example is Good Belly probiotic drink. Most have added sugar so they are out but I have a Good Belly Coconut Water with NO ADDED SUGAR although it has 13 grams of sugar listed on the label. Again, my main question is, are items that naturally contain sugar Whole30 compliant?
  7. 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.
  8. Sugar in Almond Butter

    Newbie, Day 7; just realized the Justin's Vanilla almond butter I used during day 5 has sugar in it? I used about 1 tbsp, do I have to start over?
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. 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!
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
  25. 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?