Melissa Hartwig

Is the Whole30 safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?

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I had a sliced banana with toasted coconut flakes and cashews drizzled with coconut milk for breakfast. Lacking protein, but was a good change of pace on a morning where I couldn't stomach the thought of meat and/or eggs for breakfast.

It also lacks in vegetables too - every meal needs to stick to the template with protein, fat and 2-3 cups of vegies.

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It also lacks in vegetables too - every meal needs to stick to the template with protein, fat and 2-3 cups of vegies.

I know that is a recommendend template...but I've never seen anywhere that every meal "needs" to follow it. In fact, if one just read the Whole 30 guidelines and not the success guide or It Starts with Food - I don't think it says anything about each meal including a protein + veggies. However, I do know it is not an ideal breakfast to start with fruit AND not include a protein. But for whatever reason, day 10 this morning, and just the thought of eggs, meat and veggies (which I have had for breakfast every morning so far) made me nauseous and gag. Had to trust my body needed something else in that moment and make up for it with a 2 course lunch including lots of meat and veggies - and a cup of homemade chicken stock to help settle my still somewhat queasy stomach.

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Hello all, my family and I did the whole30 last September. I just found out I am pregnant and have read the paragraphs referring to pregnancy in It Starts With Food. I live in the UK where folic acid is prescribed. Please can you explain what folate is and why folic acid is not advisable? I folic acid for three days but since reading the advice in the book I have held off until I find out more. I could do some research on the net but that seems like shouting the question on the street. Any credible source material you can point me to? Where would I find folate? What is the best form it comes in? Does it help prevent spina bifida?


Thank you

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Please can you explain what folate is and why folic acid is not advisable?.....Any credible source material you can point me to? Where would I find folate? What is the best form it comes in?

Here is Chris Kressor's take, and I would consider him a highly credible source. He does state that folate prevents neural tube defects, and lists a few sources (natural and supplments) for folate.  http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

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I'd really like to set myself up for success during these 30 days, but I can't find a good source for coconut milk (ironically I live in Hawaii, but cracking open a fresh coconut is a huge effort for a small amount of harvest), nor olives that aren't canned with many preservatives.

 

Aroy D brand is the only brand "pure" brand I've found - no preservatives or any additives. You can order it by the case on Amazon in either 8.5oz or 33.8oz cartons.

I've had eczema my whole life and a fairly severe tachycardia since middle school - I've seen correlations between eczema and food (specifically gluten and dairy), but it never occurred to me that the tachycardia might be triggered by food as well. Interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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I'm 6 weeks pregnant and today was day 23. I am not hungry outside of my 3 meals though it takes me a long time to eat those cause I'm not too interested in food at all these days so I have to force myself (mentally not physically) to eat them . I'm so tired I go to bed pretty early and then the mornings are hard cause it's been like 13 hours since my dinner the previous day. I did wake up at 1am the other day and had to eat some olives so the hunger pain would go away but I was so tired I didn't want to. I'm concerned with my total aversion to food while pregnant . Many people are concerned I didn't stop this Whole30 when I found out I'm pregnant but I'm sure this is better for me and my baby than my regular way of eating. Has anyone else been pregnant and just not wanted to eat? I'm not throwing up or anything so it's not like that is the issue. I also haven't experienced any cravings. I didn't even go through withdraw the first week. And I ate terrible. I think my body is confused and since both pregnancy and Whole30 are new I don't know how to hear from my body to guide me. My mind is basically never telling me to eat, I start feeling a discomfort in my stomach and make myself.

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So I am on day 2 of my Whole30 and am trying to figure out how snacking works. I don't want to eat more than necessary. 

Day 1, I woke up at 12am to nurse my 1 month old and had 1 HB egg, celery & carrots, and cashews. At 5am I had some deli ham, cherry tomatoes, and macadamia nuts. At 10am I had my first full meal, then again at 2pm, then had dinner at 6:30pm. 

Day 2, (today) I had similar meals at similar times so far. 

Am I eating too much, should I try to skip one of my nighttime feeding snacks or make it smaller?

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My husband and I were planning on starting the whole 30 tomorrow now that the holidays are over (it will be our third time)! I was eating paleo and juicing up until late December.... But this past week and a half has been sugar, dairy, bread heaven... Or hell.... And I feel awful and I am worried that if I start whole 30 right now it will be more of a "detox" .... So I guess my question is should I just start whole 30 and cut it all out at once or slowly wean myself off slowly over the next week/ two?

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Dearmrsarmstrong, a Whole30 isn't a detox and a week or so of sugar, dairy and bread shouldn't cause you a horrible reaction if you choose not to eat them.  Most people can avoid the "carb flu" by making sure that they eat enough starchy veggies along with adequate amounts of protein and fat.

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I am down to nursing 2 times a day.  I am on day 17 of the Whole 30.  I was wondering if these "extra meal rules" apply to breast feeding women who are feeding throughout the day and those that are providing limited milk.  I sometimes feel hungry (especially in the afternoon/evening) but I'm wondering if I am misreading the signals and eating because I feel that I am "allowed" since I am breastfeeding.  Is it boredom or hunger is what I am trying to figure out.

I understand there isn't a perfect W30, but I wondered if any of these BFeeding moms are doing the 4 meals + snacks and only nursing 2X daily.  That might help me better understand my situation.    

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I just found out I'm pregnant with #2 and I'm wanting to eat healthy from the start. I had gestational diabetes last pregnancy which I managed well with the diet prescribed by the hospital. So I am used to being strict and cutting out unhealthy foods. But I'm wondering about cutting out milk and whole grains. I usually only have brown rice, and I wouldn't have milk or fruit in the morning. So can I change a few things or do I need to do all of whole 30 to have the best results? Thanks!

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A Whole30 with dairy isn't a Whole30, and many people are intolerant to dairy without realising it, so yes, to get the best results from the 30 days you need to follow the rules to the letter.

If you're concerned about missing out on calcium you should know that dairy doesn't provide the most bioavailable source of calcium anyway - have a read at >this article< for more info.

Hope this helps, and congrats on the pregnancy!  :)

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