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Help! I am having muscle spasms since starting BLE.

You should definitely see your doctor, as this is not a typical side effect of weight loss or starting to eat a healthier diet. However, if you have stopped eating all packaged foods and are not adding any salt to …

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Can we have tamari?

Yes, you can have it as a condiment.

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Can we have Tamarind paste?

Tamarind paste is very sweet, and as such it’s not a BLE-friendly food.

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Can we have sardines?

Yes, sardines count as a protein. Just drain them really well (perhaps pat them with a paper towel to remove as much oil as possible). Weigh 4 oz. for a female’s protein serving and 6 oz. for a male’s protein …

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Can we have horseradish?

Yes, horseradish is a condiment, but make sure it’s pure horseradish (without sugar or any other form of sweetener in the first three ingredients) and not horseradish “sauce.”

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There are so many different kinds of balsamic vinegar. Are they all BLE-friendly?

Most are BLE-friendly, but beware of any “balsamic vinegar” that appears thick, like syrup, as opposed to thin, like water. If it has the consistency of syrup, it’s not BLE-friendly. Other than that, white balsamic vinegar is fine and many …

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Can we eat Sugar free gelatin?

No, sugar-free gelatin is artificially sweetened and the sweet taste triggers cravings.

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Can we have plain Ezekiel cereal?

Yes, as long as it’s the “Original” or “Golden Flax” flavor, and not the “Cinnamon Raisin” or “Almond” flavors.

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Can we have Bolthouse Farms dressing?

Yes. Bolthouse Farms is a low-calorie dressing, so 2 oz. would count as 1 fat serving. But keep in mind that it is a very processed food with a lot of questionable ingredients, so we recommend avoiding daily or regular …

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Can we have Waldon Farms dressing?

Yes, Waldon Farms dressing can be used as a condiment, but because it has some strongly questionable ingredients (like sucralose and preservatives), we recommend not using more than 1 oz. per meal and avoiding daily or regular use.

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