Tom Denham

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    Let's talk about poop (on the Whole 30)

    Not going every day, especially if you are used to daily movements, is concerning. However, if you are eating plenty of veggies, I would just keep going and expect things to work themselves out soon enough. I experience variety in consistency and have never been confident of why. Over the past 10 days I started drinking kombucha (live culture probiotic) every day. I had diarrhea for the first two days, firmed up on the third and fourth days, and have had solid movements since. I don't know if this will continue, but I'm pretty happy with the change. I'm buying the GT Dave's brand at Whole Foods.
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    Trader Joe's Coconut Cream

    There is much better product available. My Artisana brand coconut butter is 100 percent raw coconut. You can eat the TJ stuff, but the reason it's cheap is because its watered down and then pumped up with fillers.
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    Participating in communion services is okay during a Whole30. It is kind of like taking prescribed medication. The Whole30 does not want to stand between you and your doctor or you and your God. I took communion myself this morning. I thought about calling over the minister who was serving gluten free bread, but didn't want to make the effort. My church started offering a gluten free choice when we hired a minister with celiac disease.
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    Excess gas & Farting on Whole30

    I suspect your body remains in an adjustment phase. There is a good article at about excessive gas. You might be having problems with the broccoli, cauliflower, bananas, and apples. Personally, I eat a similar diet, although with much more variety, and I rarely produce much gas. Your body can adapt to a new diet and get better at digesting the foods you eat. It just takes time.
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    Raisins are okay during a Whole30, especially sprinkled on a salad. But check the ingredients label to make sure there are no added sugars. I avoid products that list vegetable oil as an ingredient. The Whole30 rules do not specifically outlaw vegetable or seed oils, but "vegetable oil" is a broad category. Wikipedia lists the major vegetable oils as the following list. Coconut oil is okay, but corn, peanut, and soybean oil is not. You can be pretty sure that the reason a manufacturer lists vegetable oil is because they are using something cheap like soybean oil. The chances they are using coconut or olive oil and listing it as vegetable oil is pretty low. The major oils: Coconut oil Corn oil Cottonseed oil Olive oil Palm oil Peanut oil Rapeseed oil Safflower oil Sesame oil Soybean oil Sunflower oil
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    Couple of items: pickles, V8

    I've only found the Bubbies at Whole Foods. Over in the dairy case.
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    Couple of items: pickles, V8

    Regarding the pickles... The Whole30 rules only list 3 additives/preservatives to avoid - carageenan, MSG or sulfites. That means the Clausen's are not ruled out, although better pickles exist. Until cucumbers came into season and I began making my own, I was buying Bubbies brand pickles and sauerkraut. They're really good. The problem with the V8 is not so much the ingredients as that it is processed and a juice. During your Whole30, we want you to adjust to eating whole foods. And we do not encourage drinking your meals or snacks. Note: I wrote this before the boss posted her note saying the V8 was okay, but my opinion remains the same... V8 is not a good choice.
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    Bedtime snack or tough it out?

    It is better to eat than to let hunger keep you awake. You might treat it like a pre-workout meal and eat a serving of protein and fat. I woke up hungry at 2 AM last night and ate a can of sardines packed in olive oil to get myself settled again. I was surprised at how one small can of sardines made me feel full, but I was surprised to be hungry too, because I thought I had eaten plenty.
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    Some people have difficulty with digestion when they change their diet. You could try taking a digestive enzyme like Now Foods Super Enzymes (2-4 capsules per meal). You can read the Whole9 view of them at