Tom Denham

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About Tom Denham

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    Whole30 Moderator/First Whole30 May 2010
  • Birthday 09/14/1957

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    Alpharetta, Georgia, USA
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    Cooking, kettlebells, crawling, rocking, rolling, and equity options trading

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  1. Tom Denham

    Chia Pudding?

    What you have been doing is technically acceptable, but the exact opposite of what we encourage you to eat.
  2. Tom Denham

    Days 5-7 Lower Joint Pain

    With your history of ankle injuries, I am concerned that the pain is related to your body and not what you are eating. You are not eating nearly enough. You are skipping meals. Eating small snacks in place of meals. And maybe not eating adequate size meals when you do eat a meal. You talk about exercise sessions without listing any post-workout meals. You are drinking enough water if you weigh between 60 pounds on days you drink 30 ounces and 140 pounds on days you drink 70 ounces. We recommend 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. Regarding meals... How much to eat Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do if you want to make progress doing a Whole30. Eating within one hour of waking has a powerful influence on your hormonal rhythms. By not eating meal 1, you are encouraging negative hormonal rhythms.
  3. Tom Denham

    Orange juice

    Here is the relevant rule: Fruit juice as a sweetener. Some products or recipes will include fruit as a sweetener, which is fine for the purposes of the Whole30. (We have to draw the line somewhere.)If you drink the juice, you are not using it as a sweetener. You would be violating the Whole30 rules. Don't do it.
  4. Tom Denham

    Mayo help!

    I used to use avocado oil and my mayo had a green tinge. I liked it fine, but some people can't stand it.
  5. Tom Denham

    Sodium Metabisulphite

    Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30. - See more at: Sodium metabisulphite is a form of sulfites. Your coconut milk has been irritating your gut meaningfully and has been pressing the restart button on your Whole30 every time you ate it.
  6. Tom Denham

    CalifaFarms Coconut Almond Milk - compliant or not?

    Technically this product is not non-compliant, but it is far from what we want you consuming during a Whole30. By combining coconut cream and monk fruit extract with almond milk, this is sweet. We want you eating whole foods or as close to whole foods as possible and this is a processed product that is sweet. Just don't go there. This is too much like conventional foods and if you consume conventional foods during your Whole30, your results will be lame.
  7. Tom Denham

    Approved Supplements

    I order Solgar B-12 and Now Foods D3 from The D3 includes glycerin, but I don't care about that in a supplement.
  8. Tom Denham

    Lump in Throat

    I've never heard of anything like this during a Whole30 before. For that matter, I've never heard of anything like this at any time.
  9. I've never heard of anyone having an experience like yours. Hopefully some others will have more experience with such a reaction.
  10. Tom Denham

    Hair Loss?

    There is nothing about eating meat, veggies, and fat that would accelerate hair loss. If anything, we have reports of better hair health during a Whole30. This would be worth consulting a doctor about.
  11. Tom Denham

    GMO salmon coming

    The sale of GMO products does not bother me if they are clearly labeled as GMO. However, our government has been bought by big business, so GMO status is hidden from consumers.
  12. Getting inflamed late in the 30 days suggests the issue is not food. Maybe it is the stress. The few things you might do to rule out the likelihood of the issue being food would be to eliminate all nuts and nut butters. I don't think you are eating enough. You are working out 5-6 times per week and adding no food to account for the extra energy demands. You are eating light for a sedentary person and you are very likely undernourished for an an active person. This might be causing physiological stress. You need post-workout meals and they are best consumed immediately after you complete a workout. We say there is a "window of opportunity" to feed hungry muscles within 30 minutes of completing a workout. The best approach is to eat fast digesting lean protein as soon as you catch your breath so that there is time for the protein to reach your muscles before the window closes. Note: The window of opportunity is really longer than 30 minutes, but if you wait longer than 30 minutes to eat, the protein probably won't reach your muscles in time to achieve its ideal effect.
  13. Tom Denham

    Failed Mayo 101

    Lime juice might not be "strong" enough. You could try adding a little apple cider vinegar.
  14. Tom Denham

    I can't find answers on most of these ingredients

    I have no objection to any of these supplements during a Whole30 based upon ingredients even though vegetable glycerin is a sugar alcohol. I recommend you avoid taking a laxative. Just because senna is a herb does not make it natural for you to use it to force your body to expel waste. Use of a laxative can make you dependent on a laxative.
  15. Tom Denham

    Insomnia - ketosis?

    I am one of those people who needs starchy veggies every day to keep me sleeping good. I've also had a great experience with taking magnesium. I used to take Natural Calm, but it provoked diarrhea for me. I switched to magnesium aspartate supplements - 200 to 300 mgs per night. It is working very well. Actually, when I first saw a functional medicine doctor, she gave me an injection of magnesium and I enjoyed great sleep that night and for the next several nights.