Tom Denham

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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...

    Not stepping on the scale is not a suggestion. It is a rule. Something that we have found to be important through experience with 1000s of people. You were not an exception. You short-changed yourself by weighing. You let the scale guide your behavior and you did not learn important lessons that you still need to learn. I am glad that you had a positive experience over all, but frustrated that you did not fully engage with the Whole30 process.
  7. Your eating two sweet potatoes per day eliminates the likelihood that you are feeling increased anxiety/depression as a result of your diet. People who go low carb and avoid eating starchy veggies are at risk, but two sweet potatoes per day should be enough to keep that aspect of things well supplied. Your meals sound good. I don't know what is going on. Are you eating plenty of food so that you are not hungry for more than a short-time before meals? Are you drinking plenty of water? We recommend 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. I don't know why being low in these regards might make you anxious or depressed, but people do often fail to eat and drink enough.
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    Cooking spray

    You cannot use ANY of that cooking spray while doing a Whole30. You can use coconut oil, ghee, or EVOO all the time with excellent benefit. EVOO is not a good oil for high heat, but I have used it for that a little.
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    Confused about date syrup?

    Let me elaborate.. a syrup made from dates is not acceptable during a Whole30 and a crappy idea at any time because sweetening your food with such a product erodes health. It does not make anything better. Making a puree with dates in order to sweeten your food is maybe 10 percent more acceptable than using a date syrup. You know where 10 percent better leaves you? Ninety percent away from where you belong if you want to be healthy. The person behind the dessert recipes thinks eating a frozen date helped her during her Whole30. This is not true. Feeding a sugar craving keeps the craving healthy and strong. The Whole30 approach to sugar cravings is to starve them unmercifully until they die. There is no room to negotiate with a sugar craving. They are cunning and powerful. Trying to placate a craving with just a little something has ended many Whole30s prematurely. Don't listen to the soft crowd. Listen to the old timers. Go cold turkey regarding sweetness. Let me explain where it really is okay to use something to sweeten your food... when you are making pickles. Here is a good recipe for making quick, refrigerator pickles... Submerge your sliced cucumbers in a mixture of half apple cider vinegar and half apple juice plus spices like salt, garlic, peppercorns, etc and let soak for 12-24 hours. Making pickles is an acceptable time to use a sweetener during a Whole30. Seriously.
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    Habit Burger

    The burger is a great choice. The fries, however, are not okay. The rules of the Whole30 specifically call out French fries as a food that is not okay. These are made with sweet potatoes, but they are still French fries. In another Whole30 article where we say it is okay to eat white potatoes, we clarify that you can bake or fry fries at home, but no commercially prepared fries are acceptable during a Whole30.
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    Digestive Enzymes and Probiotic...

    This looks like a fine product.
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    Day 19 Questions

    According to the template, your protein portion should provide as much meat as the area of the palm of your hand and you can eat as much as two servings of that size. Most chicken thighs would not match the size of the palm of my hand. I would need to eat 2 or 3 chicken thighs to get enough protein. Whether your chicken thigh will be enough depends upon the size of your hands and how hungry you are. Your vegetable medley sounds good as long as you cook it with some fat to boost the taste and ability to keep you satisfied. The gold standard post-workout protein is chicken breast. Most people can happily eat chicken breast cold. I frequently eat canned tuna as a post-workout protein because it is easy to take on the go. I actually carry my own can opener with me! Tuna packed in water is sufficiently lean to be a post-workout protein.
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    Help on energy drink pre-workout

    Requiring a stimulant to start your day is a good sign that your hormonal rhythms are out of whack and/or you are not getting enough sleep. You don't need a Whole30-compliant substitute. You need a change in your lifestyle. Eating early in your day is one of the most important things you can do to get your hormonal rhythms where they need to be. It is very challenging for some people - sounds like you - but very important. Your body carries enough energy stored as fat to run multiple marathon races even when you are lean. You don't require energy from food to perform well in the morning. The issue is accessing that energy. The Whole30 facilitates becoming fat-adapted so that you can draw on fat stores to zip through an hour of spinning. Unfortunately, the adaptation process takes several weeks and you will feel tired and sluggish and perform below your usual standards until you reach the other side. It is worth the pain. You can ease the pain a little by eating starchy veggies at several meals per day, but nothing will stop it. Eating pre-workout is a signal to the body to get ready for exercise. I often don't eat pre-workout simply because I don't notice it making a difference. When I do, like you, I eat a few nuts. Our bodies get maximum benefit from lean protein for muscle recover when eating within 15-30 minutes of finishing a workout. Protein still helps if you delay longer, but recovery is less robust. We recommend lean protein and a starchy carb to replenish muscle glycogen as a post-workout meal. Do the best you can to eat as soon as you can. Avoid fat after a workout because it slows digestion which consequently slows protein getting to your muscles. I eat canned tuna or sardines as post-workout meal because that is convenient. You might need to cook chicken breasts and eat a few pieces cold as your post-workout meal. That would be light on your stomach. Chicken and cold baked sweet potato is pretty mild. Then eat whatever you want for breakfast when you are ready.
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    Alternatives to cauliflower rice

    I've never found "ricing" cauliflower to be worth the effort and I've been eating Whole30-style almost 5 years. If you don't like something, move on to the next thing. You will never run out of new things to try even if you never eat anything like cauliflower rice.
  15. The reason we ask you to eat breakfast within an hour of waking in the morning is that doing so is critically important to getting your hormones into their proper rhythm. Eating an early breakfast helps you to sleep at night because it helps to raise cortisol levels early in the day, so that they are ready to decline late in the day as they should. Getting your hormones on a good rhythm helps enormously with shedding unneeded fat. So whether you feel like eating or not, it is really important that you work on getting your first meal in early and not delay it until later. You may not be able to consume a full meal immediately, but do what you can and work up to it. Eating two meals per day works against getting your hormonal rhythms where they need to be. It is important to eat 3 meals per day for at least one year so that your body can establish good rhythms and you can become familiar what it is like to live this way before you experiment with other ways of doing things that are known to be problematic. Dark, leafy greens are as close to greatness as any one food gets. I am convinced that no one dislikes eating greens. What they dislike is the crappy tasting stuff many people cook. I try to eat dark, leafy greens at least once per day. In some seasons I eat them twice per day. This is easy for me because I have learned to cook them in ways that I really like. I would not ask you to eat something that you hate, but if you hate greens, you need to learn new ways to prepare them.
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    Plate Size

    If you have a 9 inch plate, you may need to stack the veggies a little higher than if you have a 12 inch plate.
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    Help! Akward topic...diarrhea

    I have loose stools or diarrhea a lot. Sometimes I go weeks with solid stools, but sometimes I spend a lot of time with looseness. I have come to accept it as a normal part of life. If I have real diarrhea, I try to remember to take OTC meds and one dose usually tightens things up. I probably take meds less than once per month. I should probably take something a little more often, but I forget. This is really different from when I ate 3-4 bowls of Fiber One cereal with soy milk per day. I am much, much healthier nowadays than I was back then, but my bowels behave differently on veggies and fruits.
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    Just checking... Acidophilus supplement

    The supplement looks okay. Another approach to getting the probiotics you need is to eat fermented foods that include live cultures like sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented pickles, or kombucha.
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    can I have JenniO turkey burger on whole30?

    Jennie-O sells 7 different turkey burgers. Several of them are Whole30-compliant, but not all of them. For example, the Savory Seasoned Turkey Burger has sugar as an ingredient. You MUST check the package of each turkey burger and not just accept that Jennie-O in general is okay.
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    Is ghee an acquired taste?

    My wife, who loves butter, does not like ghee, but for my purposes, I don't really notice a difference. I have been satisfied with both ghees that I have tried, but think the Pure Indian Foods brand that I have been using the past year or two is probably better than the other one I was buying at Whole Foods. Also, I have been using Coconut Ghee for most of the past year - a blend of coconut oil and ghee from Pure Indian Foods.
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    What Hot Sauces are okay?

    You have to check the ingredients on each bottle. I seem to always be able to find something that is Whole30-compliant, but that sometimes means one or two out of 20 candidates. Many hot sauces have sugar or other off plan ingredients. Y We don't like to share vendor names or particular varieties since we have been burned several times by vendors changing their formulations so that something that was okay (when we recommended it) becomes not okay (and confuses people who find that something we recommended now has sugar or soybean oil in it).
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    Soy Sauce Slip: Start Over?

    I am really sorry you got dosed with soy. That really sucks. Unfortunately, soy is a big enough deal that you need to start over again. You get a pass on an accidental dose of sugar, but not soy because it can have a broad range of influences in your body. The fact that you don't feel bad after a dose does not mean you do not have issues with soy. The Whole30 eliminates a range of possible problem foods for 30 days before you reintroduce anything. If you have not been off of all of them for 30 days before you begin reintroductions, your experiment may be skewed.
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    Amber is right. We have refined our comments about kombucha over time. At first, I would not buy any GT Dave's product that listed more than 2 grams of sugar in the macronutrient report section, but the issue is added sugar, not the sugar from the original fruit ingredients. I still avoid the higher sugar drinks because I don't like them as much. I recommend avoiding the drinks like Guava Goddess because the sweetness may embolden sugar dragons, but they are officially acceptable.
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    Struggling with the morning routine

    You want to keep doing what you have always done when the issue calls for you to do some things differently. So you don't want to eat eggs in the morning. Okay. Prepare something to eat for breakfast the night before and then just heat it up in the morning. I had pork ribs with collards and chopped broccoli stems for breakfast recently because I had a container of it waiting in my refrigerator when I got up and thought it would be neat to just heat it in the microwave 4 minutes and eat. I was right. It made a great breakfast. The Whole30 is a time for you to learn how good things can be if you follow best practices. And a time to figure out how to reorganize your life to take care of yourself properly while you take care of your family. If you cut corners by drinking a smoothie now, it really is a fail.