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50 minutes ago, Strictlyspeaking said:

The liver did not go well with the fam but they were sports about it and I have leftovers in the freezer! I am wakin gupa t 4 am and not able to go back to sleep but I have lots of energy anyway! Going to Disney tomorrow for a day trip with the marching band. Will be a grueling almost 24 hour day. A little worried but I have traveled before. Have a great day everyone you can do it!

I hope your trip goes well today! Also, you said you have FODMAP, right? How did you find that out? were you tested for it, and was that expensive? What do you eat to avoid FODMAP foods? Feel free to message me if easier!

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Good morning, everyone!

I felt so happy today when I got my Whole30 Daily email and it said Day 5! 
 

I feel much better this morning than I did yesterday. Not as tired or "foggy". My mood feels good. My skin is not as angry.

Last night I got home later than usual and was so tired, but I stopped at the store on the way home, and I put my leftover salmon cake "batter" in the oven before dinner. Then after I ate, I cut up some veggies and started marinating some chicken so I have something I can throw in the oven tonight for meals this weekend. I felt very accomplished getting this all done even though I felt exhausted. 

My goal today is to try to drink more water. I have been very thirsty the past couple of days, so I've already been pretty good at it, but I think for my weight I still need to be getting more.

 

Hope everyone has a good day!

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11 minutes ago, altyburger said:

You're right, that Larabar is just a substitute for my sugary craving. If I'm hungry late at night, maybe an apple and some almond butter?

I was looking into FODMAP information last night, too...I have had trouble with my stomach since I was a baby (colic, dairy, etc.). And, I love sugar. So may have leaky gut/FODMAP

Trying to get enough water! Definitely had around 70 oz yesterday. I weigh 140 lbs, so would that be the amount I am supposed to have?

A natural health specialist (from hair analysis) told me that I should take magnesium a while ago. Any recommended brands? I was taking nature made for a while.

I'm one of those that's scared of too much fat, I believe :unsure: I fried 3 eggs in coconut oil this morning, with spices. Then cooked up my mixed greens and some cherry tomatoes, tossed in EVOO. Does that sound like a better choice?

 

>This< is the best guide to eating low FODMAP (and with a great explanation of the whys etc) that I have found. Try eating from the green list only for a few days to see if your gastric symptoms subside.

If you *must* snack through hunger rather than boredom try protein & fat - that's always the best choice - so maybe have some hard/soft boiled eggs ready, and some home made mayo, or some meatballs & guac for instance. Fruit on it's own will spike your blood sugar & feed the craving, and whilst nut butter is a fat it's pretty carb dense, and hard to control portion wise...

Water wise you sound good. Magnesium wise I'm in Ireland so probably not good to make recommendations, but a lot of folk take Natural Calm - the original flavour is compliant.

Breakfast sounds like a better choice this morning, although again, if you'e not lasting that 4-5hr window between meals then add a little more. I often find that 2 eggs plus another protein (I like fish with my eggs) holds me better/longer than 3 eggs does so maybe play around with that too.

Just keep checking in and we'll keep you on the right track :)

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3 hours ago, Brie said:

Good morning,

I have a question about eating fruit as I have been reading to have it with meals. My dilemma with that is as far as I can remember I need to have fruit about half hour before protein type of foods, they've never mixed well with digestion, fermentation issues. Nuts would be ok but trying to limit those or avoid this month. Maybe an advocado or half of one for some fat would work alright. What I've been doing is after work having a small bowl of banana, apple, orange or some combo with some coconut flakes to tide me over while making or heating dinner. Or else, I'll have a half an orange or something similar while preparing breakfast.

I have an early schedule so my lunch time is around 11:30 by the time I get home at 4:30 I'm pretty physically hungry, stomach grumbling, once dinner is ready it can be around 6. 

I use realplans meal planning app to prepare my meals. 

Any suggestions? Thank you. 

I don't understand your question about fruit because you went from fruit to nuts to avocado as 'working alright'.  What are you trying to accomplish?

Fruit should only be eaten with meals, not on it's own or with nuts/nut butter as a snack. If you are hungry between meals, eat protein and fat... hardboiled egg, couple bites of chicken and avocado etc... 

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 Learning to add fat to my meals was a challenge for me as well. I always followed a high carb low-fat diet  and it was scary to shift! Trust the process, and eat that avocado! 

I make my own mayonnaise all the time by the way. I have found the easiest way to do it is with an immersion(sp?)  blender. It literally takes seconds instead of the slow tedious process of streaming in the oil. I squeeze in some lemon and garlic for a delicious  aioli or add various herbs.  I stir in a little curry powder and mix it into chicken, vegetables, chopped green apple or grapes and cashews for a delicious chicken salad!

 I took my whole 30 compliant chicken salad to a party and it was the most popular dish! 

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Thank you for the responses. To clarify, if I eat fruit with meat or fish/eggs at the same time, always, it creates fermentation in my tummy and I get very gassy. The only time I've ever in my life have been able to eat fruit is eating it at least half an hour before a main meal with protein or several hours after main protein meal is digested. So basically, if I can't digest fruit with full meals at the same time and I'm supposed to only have it with meals, then that means I can't have fruit period. That's not a good option, so I'm wondering what is the best non-protein vegetarian side that would curb the sugar effect of just having pure fruit. Are coconut flakes with fruit enough, or advocado with fruit, maybe even just having a sponful of coconut or ghee? 

Thanks, I hope that helps. 

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19 minutes ago, Brie said:

Thank you for the responses. To clarify, if I eat fruit with meat or fish/eggs at the same time, always, it creates fermentation in my tummy and I get very gassy. The only time I've ever in my life have been able to eat fruit is eating it at least half an hour before a main meal with protein or several hours after main protein meal is digested. So basically, if I can't digest fruit with full meals at the same time and I'm supposed to only have it with meals, then that means I can't have fruit period. That's not a good option, so I'm wondering what is the best non-protein vegetarian side that would curb the sugar effect of just having pure fruit. Are coconut flakes with fruit enough, or advocado with fruit, maybe even just having a sponful of coconut or ghee? 

Thanks, I hope that helps. 

Why not skip the fruit? Lots of people do Whole30 without fruit. 

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32 minutes ago, Brie said:

Thank you for the responses. To clarify, if I eat fruit with meat or fish/eggs at the same time, always, it creates fermentation in my tummy and I get very gassy. The only time I've ever in my life have been able to eat fruit is eating it at least half an hour before a main meal with protein or several hours after main protein meal is digested. So basically, if I can't digest fruit with full meals at the same time and I'm supposed to only have it with meals, then that means I can't have fruit period. That's not a good option, so I'm wondering what is the best non-protein vegetarian side that would curb the sugar effect of just having pure fruit. Are coconut flakes with fruit enough, or advocado with fruit, maybe even just having a sponful of coconut or ghee? 

Thanks, I hope that helps. 

A) yes, you could just avoid fruits for 30 days, tonnes of us don't eat fruit, myself included.

2) why are you looking for a non-protein vegetarian side? Are you a vegetarian? 

C) It's hard for us to say if coconut flakes with fruit or avocado with fruit is going to help you or not. I guess you could try? But regardless, it is not within best practices to include fruits plus fats as any sort of snack.

That all said, it would be far better for you to compose your meals in such a way that you do not require a snack and thus the need to include fruit seperate from those meals is negated. Eat protein, vegetables and fat. 4-5 hours apart. Problem solved. ;) 

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40 minutes ago, Brie said:

Thank you for the responses. To clarify, if I eat fruit with meat or fish/eggs at the same time, always, it creates fermentation in my tummy and I get very gassy. The only time I've ever in my life have been able to eat fruit is eating it at least half an hour before a main meal with protein or several hours after main protein meal is digested. So basically, if I can't digest fruit with full meals at the same time and I'm supposed to only have it with meals, then that means I can't have fruit period. That's not a good option, so I'm wondering what is the best non-protein vegetarian side that would curb the sugar effect of just having pure fruit. Are coconut flakes with fruit enough, or advocado with fruit, maybe even just having a sponful of coconut or ghee? 

Thanks, I hope that helps. 

Why is not having fruit not a good option?  Everything that is bioavailable in fruit is MORE bioavailable in vegetables.  Sure, fruit is tasty... but not imperative for health or wellness so you could definitely leave it off for a month... It sounds like you know yourself enough to know that you can't eat it with a meal and the recommendation is to not eat it alone, so that leaves you a choice of giving yourself gas or not following the recommendations... totally your own choice but I know what I'd do for 30 days...

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7 hours ago, Brie said:

Good morning,

I have a question about eating fruit as I have been reading to have it with meals. My dilemma with that is as far as I can remember I need to have fruit about half hour before protein type of foods, they've never mixed well with digestion, fermentation issues. Nuts would be ok but trying to limit those or avoid this month. Maybe an advocado or half of one for some fat would work alright. What I've been doing is after work having a small bowl of banana, apple, orange or some combo with some coconut flakes to tide me over while making or heating dinner. Or else, I'll have a half an orange or something similar while preparing breakfast.

I have an early schedule so my lunch time is around 11:30 by the time I get home at 4:30 I'm pretty physically hungry, stomach grumbling, once dinner is ready it can be around 6. 

I use realplans meal planning app to prepare my meals. 

Any suggestions? Thank you. 

 

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10 hours ago, Brie said:

Good morning,

I have a question about eating fruit as I have been reading to have it with meals. My dilemma with that is as far as I can remember I need to have fruit about half hour before protein type of foods, they've never mixed well with digestion, fermentation issues. Nuts would be ok but trying to limit those or avoid this month. Maybe an advocado or half of one for some fat would work alright. What I've been doing is after work having a small bowl of banana, apple, orange or some combo with some coconut flakes to tide me over while making or heating dinner. Or else, I'll have a half an orange or something similar while preparing breakfast.

I have an early schedule so my lunch time is around 11:30 by the time I get home at 4:30 I'm pretty physically hungry, stomach grumbling, once dinner is ready it can be around 6. 

I use realplans meal planning app to prepare my meals. 

Any suggestions? Thank you. 

Alright, well thank you everyone for taking the time to respond, I appreciate it. I've decided to stick to having my fruit for now because I know I wouldn't finish the plan giving that up as well, and have it with some fat that is digestible with the fruit. All the best. 

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Day 5 finished and all is well. My legs are aching badly, but that is probably from being on my feet to long in heels. Tomorrow I have to get my son to a band competition at 8 am, so I  have my breakfast packed...3 hard boiled eggs, a salmon cakes, 1/2 of an avocado, grape tomatoes and cucumber slices.  All I need to do is make my coffee in the morning and I'll be ready to 6

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Day 5 complete! Aside from waking up feeling like my blood sugar had crashed and continuing to feel like that well past breakfast, today went really well. I didn't feel hungry most of the day. I think it's so ingrained in me to eat 'less' because I've heard that's how you stay healthy, lose weight, etc. all my life that I have a hard time eating enough. But it feels good to actually be full and not get hungry every hour. No headache today!! :D I went grocery shopping and instead of planning out meals like I normally would I got a ton of protein and a ton of vegetables and a few fruits. If I need to make a set plan because that's not working I will. I am going to prep my breakfast for the week and all my sauces this weekend, and I'll probably choose a few whole30 recipes to make for dinners. I've never been a fan of leftovers, but I've actually been enjoying combining leftovers to see how they pair together or with other things like eggs or spinach. I feel like I'm actually getting creative with my food!

side note: I think I'm hitting the kill all the things phase. Even though I feel better than the first few days I was very easily irritated today, particularly at my daughter and my dogs. :(

2nd side note: even though I MISS sweets, I haven't really been craving them. I think the fact that the program has such set rules helps me so much. There are no gray areas, and I love it! 

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47 minutes ago, ldmcniel said:

Day 5 complete! Aside from waking up feeling like my blood sugar had crashed and continuing to feel like that well past breakfast, today went really well. I didn't feel hungry most of the day. I think it's so ingrained in me to eat 'less' because I've heard that's how you stay healthy, lose weight, etc. all my life that I have a hard time eating enough. But it feels good to actually be full and not get hungry every hour. No headache today!! :D I went grocery shopping and instead of planning out meals like I normally would I got a ton of protein and a ton of vegetables and a few fruits. If I need to make a set plan because that's not working I will. I am going to prep my breakfast for the week and all my sauces this weekend, and I'll probably choose a few whole30 recipes to make for dinners. I've never been a fan of leftovers, but I've actually been enjoying combining leftovers to see how they pair together or with other things like eggs or spinach. I feel like I'm actually getting creative with my food!

side note: I think I'm hitting the kill all the things phase. Even though I feel better than the first few days I was very easily irritated today, particularly at my daughter and my dogs. :(

2nd side note: even though I MISS sweets, I haven't really been craving them. I think the fact that the program has such set rules helps me so much. There are no gray areas, and I love it! 

Good for you!  Regarding 'Kill all the Things', altho you may not be able to avoid it, just be sure to be eating the three template meals a day, don't skimp on fat, drink your water (1/2oz per pound of body weight), salt your food and try and rest :)

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Hello May Team!

I'm facing some challenges today, and writing it out seems to help me in the planning. After lunch today, I have a 3 hour drive to a presentation I'm giving tonight. Car time is not the best for me, so I need to pack a snack. After my presentation there is a dinner. I have no idea what is being served. I'm thinking I need to pack a back up meal just in case there's not something for me to put together that's compliant.

My husband is meeting me at the workshop (we have a commuter marriage and live 8 hours apart - a story for another day!) and then we are driving 2 hours to spend the night in Philadelphia before he flies out for a business trip tomorrow. So, lots of driving, a day without refrigeration, and a couple of meals that I don't have a lot of control over. I am certainly making up some hard boiled eggs for the trip!  I need to think and plan ahead. It's these kind of situations that can easily derail me.

I'm headed out for an early morning walk. Everyone get lots of sleep this weekend - you'll need it!

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HI everyone.  How is day 6 going for everyone? I think I  spoke too soon about not having any symptoms. I went to bed last night feeling like I had the flu, and slept poorly. I woke up still a little achy and tired. I took some Tylenol,  but still feel blah. Hopefully it will pass soon.

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I'm on day 6 and it's going well so far! This is my 2nd time around and this time I am trying to be more proactive and Prepping food so I have things ready! This is always my problem with any program I start, I get bored or I don't prepare enough and lose focus. This time around I bought the book and am reading it. Using recipes etc.

I also have been having digestion issues (which might get worse before they get better?) so I want to eliminate problem foods so I  figure out what is causing the problems. I would love the added bonus of losing weight. Let's see how it goes! Wish me luck! 

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It's chilly here in NC today and I would like to make some chili for dinner.  Almost all the recipes I have found call for canned diced tomatoes.  I have some organic diced on hand, but they all contain 3g of sugar.  I tried to search for this on the forum, but not much luck.  Is there another brand that doesn't contain sugar or am I ok with this?

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1 hour ago, Pumpkinm said:

HI everyone.  How is day 6 going for everyone? I think I  spoke too soon about not having any symptoms. I went to bed last night feeling like I had the flu, and slept poorly. I woke up still a little achy and tired. I took some Tylenol,  but still feel blah. Hopefully it will pass soon.

I have felt that way since I started (and actually developed a viral infection soon after) and I am on Day 10. Hope you feel better soon!  :)

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2 minutes ago, 2luv2farm said:

It's chilly here in NC today and I would like to make some chili for dinner.  Almost all the recipes I have found call for canned diced tomatoes.  I have some organic diced on hand, but they all contain 3g of sugar.  I tried to search for this on the forum, but not much luck.  Is there another brand that doesn't contain sugar or am I ok with this?

Is there added sugar? If not, all fruits have some sugar, should be ok. I just checked my can and it also says 3 g of sugar, but there is not added sugar. 

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Just now, cidyvee said:

Is there added sugar? If not, all fruits have some sugar, should be ok. I just checked my can and it also says 3 g of sugar, but there is not added sugar. 

Nope, no added sugar in the ingredients. Thanks for the help!  

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4 minutes ago, 2luv2farm said:

they all contain 3g of sugar.

Is this noted in the ingredients? Or in the nutritional info? If it's the former these are a no. If it's the latter these are fine.

The ingredients list should be your only concern as that will show any ADDED sugar.

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56 minutes ago, 2luv2farm said:

It's chilly here in NC today and I would like to make some chili for dinner.  Almost all the recipes I have found call for canned diced tomatoes.  I have some organic diced on hand, but they all contain 3g of sugar.  I tried to search for this on the forum, but not much luck.  Is there another brand that doesn't contain sugar or am I ok with this?

Did you read the ingredients or the nutrition label? Tomatoes have natural sugar, which will be on the nutrition label. As long as the don't have added sugar or high fructose corn syrup,they should be compliant.

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58 minutes ago, 2luv2farm said:

I have felt that way since I started (and actually developed a viral infection soon after) and I am on Day 10. Hope you feel better soon!  :)

Thank. I still feel a little achy and tired, but a little better than earlier. 

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15 hours ago, CCLaymon said:

Hello May Team!

I'm facing some challenges today, and writing it out seems to help me in the planning. After lunch today, I have a 3 hour drive to a presentation I'm giving tonight. Car time is not the best for me, so I need to pack a snack. After my presentation there is a dinner. I have no idea what is being served. I'm thinking I need to pack a back up meal just in case there's not something for me to put together that's compliant.

My husband is meeting me at the workshop (we have a commuter marriage and live 8 hours apart - a story for another day!) and then we are driving 2 hours to spend the night in Philadelphia before he flies out for a business trip tomorrow. So, lots of driving, a day without refrigeration, and a couple of meals that I don't have a lot of control over. I am certainly making up some hard boiled eggs for the trip!  I need to think and plan ahead. It's these kind of situations that can easily derail me.

I'm headed out for an early morning walk. Everyone get lots of sleep this weekend - you'll need it!

I hope your trip went well! I found that traveling is hard, too. Took a short day trip to visit my friend today, and made some food ahead of time to be prepared. I knew we were getting coffee, and brought canned coconut milk to try it in the coffee (delicious! it's naturally soo sweet!). Also, whipped up some egg salad with HB eggs and Primal Kitchen Mayo, Kroger brand mustard. SUPER easy and great protein + fat combo. Would be great on bed of lettuce for full meal, too.

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