Tom Denham

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    Tom Denham got a reaction from TalyaT in Shelf life of coconut aminos   
    Ooh. It is sad to learn that coconut aminos are being pasteurized and thus killing off the probiotics in them. 
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Dawn S in Macronutrient ratios/grams   
    Okay. I think we have gone far enough with this topic now. I am closing it to further comments.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Mamita in The New Rx Bar - Chocolate Sea Salt   
    You should not eat this thing. 
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from jillylane in Raw Sugar   
    First thing, there is a difference between Paleo and healthy. Paleo is a broad, varied approach to eating that includes lots of things the Whole30 does not. There are many authorities in the Paleo world. You can be one if you talk long enough and use social media effectively. The Whole30 is defined by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig based upon their reading of science, self-experimentation, and their work with 1000s of consulting and seminar clients. 
     
    Second thing, sugar is sugar is sugar. No matter what form of sugar you are talking about, it has similar effects in the body. Fake sugars with no calories have similar effects on many bodily processes that "real" sugars do. Negative effects. Raw sugar, coconut sugar, stevia, aspartame, the blue stuff, the pink stuff, the yellow stuff, honey, maple syrup, etc. are pretty much the same inside your body.
     
    The Whole30 does not ban sweet food, but it does ban added sugars of any sort, except for using fruit juice as a sweetener in recipes. Eliminating added sugar improves the health and ultimate happiness of people who make the transition. Really.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from SaraEC in Canned Chicken/Modified Food Starch/MSG   
    I don't think modified food starch is the same as MSG, but I do think it is something to avoid during a Whole30. A lot of modified food starch is made from corn, wheat, or potatoes. And if you spend a little time reading about modified food starch, you have to ask yourself what is wrong that a vendor puts it in canned chicken. There is nothing natural about injecting chicken with potato starch before canning it. Yuck.
     
    Canned chicken with fully acceptable ingredients is not common, but I have found it at ordinary grocery stores once or twice. But I agree with ninadude... cook a whole chicken and eat off of it for a week. Here is a recipe I use that can be adapted to cooking a chicken in an ordinary pot: http://www.wholelifeeating.com/2011/08/pulled-chicken-with-fresh-tomatoes/
     
    And here are two articles about modified food starch you might want to read...
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modified_starch
     
    http://blog.bobsredmill.com/featured-articles/modified-food-starch-demystified/
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from SaraEC in Canned tuna   
    It is an okay additive. Here is an article you might be interested in reading: http://www.livestrong.com/article/549169-is-there-any-danger-in-using-sodium-acid-pyrophosphate-in-food-mixes/
     
    I find tuna with olive oil and salt at regular grocery stores. I have not seen this ingredient before. 
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Sarah1313 in Tuna contained soy. Do I have to start over?   
    I wish I had a definitive answer. It is probably okay to keep going with this one soy exposure. The tricky thing is that some people are very sensitive to soy and even a little exposure can make a noticeable difference. If it were me, I would keep going, but if I did not feel good at the end, I would consider extending for a while.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from JMT1127 in Are Prunes Acceptable and Question about Larabars?   
    You can eat prunes when they have no added off-plan ingredients like sulphites. That said, you do not need added fiber when you are eating protein, veggies, and fats at all your meals as the Whole30 prescribes. One thing you may need to help with constipation is to increase the amount of water you are drinking. We recommend 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day and it is okay to drink more.
     
    The changes of beginning to eat Whole30-style disrupts normal bowel movements for some people. However, this style of eating is ultimately exactly what your digestive system needs and eventually things will work themselves out. You might find that taking a magnesium supplement like Natural Calm at night will help ease constipation. One of the side effects of taking "too much" magnesium is diarrhea, so taking a dose will tend to get things going. Actually, our bodies adjust to taking magnesium pretty quickly, so diarrhea tends to stop being a symptom after an adjustment period. 
     
    The part of the larabar label that you must read is the ingredient list. The other information about carbs and sugars is not relevant because the Whole30 does not specify a carb or sugar count. Some larabars include off-plan ingredients. Some do not. I'm never going to tell you one that is compliant because I think you should never eat a larabar. I don't disagree that you need to carry food with you if you have a hectic schedule, but you can carry a can of tuna packed in olive oil and a can opener for emergency protein. You can even carry a container of dried prunes. You can carry an orange and an apple. Back when I traveled, I kept a gallon ziploc bag filled with almonds in my car. 
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Marj K in Day 8 - Feeling bloated .. is it my diet?   
    Of everything you shared, eating one or two handfuls of almonds daily is the most likely reason for feeling bloated. Nuts can be tough on your gut and one cup of whole almonds is 822 calories. Nuts may be paleo, but they are not your friend.
    I might have more ideas for you if you gave more details about what you are eating - portion sizes and the actual veggies you are eating. I mention this because we see a tendency for people to eat plenty of meat and not enough veggies. That can be a problem.
    By the way, whole eggs include good fat in the yolks, so you don't necessarily need to add fat when you are eating whole eggs.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from AndrewsLynn9 in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
    You can plug alcohol in to the schedule similar to any other food with the exception that you probably don't want to have a shot of whiskey at breakfast, a glass of scotch at lunch, and a glass of wine with dinner unless your lifestyle is friendly to drinking all day. Actually, a few servings of your favorite drink should give you an idea of how your body responds.
    I was impressed with how much more detailed the reintroduction advice was in It Starts With Food than anything Dallas and Melissa had written before. Now I hear you guys asking for more details. Some of that is developing though our discussions here on the forum. I am kind of saying you may need to reintroduce for several days in order to have enough servings of a food to get a reaction if you are going to have one. And then I think you need several days of clean eating before testing a new food to let your body get back to baseline. If you crowd tests too closely together, you won't get as good an idea of how strongly something is affecting you.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from JLHill in Nutritional yeast?   
    You might want to avoid nutritional yeast for psychological reasons even though it is not a banned food. Your Whole30 is a time to develop a new relationship with food. I would be concerned that adding cheese flavor to veggies or sauces with nutritional yeast would keep you from learning new ways of enjoying food and make you feel like you are depriving yourself if you don't cook with cheese.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from pibbylotter in Vitamin D   
    This is the one I take: http://www.amazon.com/NOW-Foods-Vitamin-5000-120-Softgels/dp/B002EA99HE
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from chichi in Accidental slip-ups -- SO frustrating!   
    I agree with Megan M. But as to the sunflower oil in the tea, I would not restart based upon that use. I would find another tea, but would not restart your Whole30. Here's why. The real problem with seed oils is cooking with them.
    We're concerned that bad things happen with seed oils with high levels of heat. The temperature of hot water for tea is probably not high enough to cause problems. Let's get this in perspective. You can eat sunflower seeds during a Whole30. They are not recommended, but you can. The whole seeds include sunflower oil. The oil itself may lean too far to the omega 6 side of things, but a little bit that is not heated to high temperatures should be okay.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Heather Lindquist in Almond Flour   
    Not okay. Muffins made with almond flour and fruit is SWYPO. Don't do it.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Minnie Lu in why is ghee acceptable?   
    Ghee is acceptable during a Whole30 because Dallas and Melissa Hartwig says it is acceptable. It is an exception to the no dairy rule. If you try to apply logic to start including things that are not approved by the Hartwigs, you will have departed from Whole30-land.
     
    I understand questioning. Read this article and you will see: http://www.whole9life.com/2011/10/better-butter-on-the-whole30-version-5-0/
     
    If you don't read the article, here is a summary: There is a reason the Hartwigs accept ghee. Milk proteins are the problem with dairy. Ghee and clarified butter have been "cooked" and skimmed to remove milk proteins. There might be one or two milk proteins left in ghee or clarified butter, but 99 percent of people who have a negative response to milk proteins do not have a negative response to ghee or clarified butter. So, after studying all available research and interviewing a bunch of people who are very sensitive to milk proteins, ghee and clarified butter was added to the available menu during a Whole30.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from NathaliaF in Coconut Yogurt and Deli Meats   
    Let me add that there is only a little protein in almond milk and less in coconut milk. And no plant-based protein offers the rich nutrition of animal-based protein. So coconut or almond milk yogurts don't come close to meeting Whole30 standards as breakfast food. 
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Minnie Lu in why is ghee acceptable?   
    Ghee is acceptable during a Whole30 because Dallas and Melissa Hartwig says it is acceptable. It is an exception to the no dairy rule. If you try to apply logic to start including things that are not approved by the Hartwigs, you will have departed from Whole30-land.
     
    I understand questioning. Read this article and you will see: http://www.whole9life.com/2011/10/better-butter-on-the-whole30-version-5-0/
     
    If you don't read the article, here is a summary: There is a reason the Hartwigs accept ghee. Milk proteins are the problem with dairy. Ghee and clarified butter have been "cooked" and skimmed to remove milk proteins. There might be one or two milk proteins left in ghee or clarified butter, but 99 percent of people who have a negative response to milk proteins do not have a negative response to ghee or clarified butter. So, after studying all available research and interviewing a bunch of people who are very sensitive to milk proteins, ghee and clarified butter was added to the available menu during a Whole30.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from RandiW in Bloated, looking awful, feeling low   
    Your gut flora adjusts to whatever you eat habitually. When you change your habits, your gut flora must adjust too, but those changes tend to be slow. Your digestion is probably disturbed right now because your gut flora is still good for your old diet, but has not grown in the proper ways to digest your new diet. That's why you need digestive enzymes and maybe probiotics. Many people can adjust without taking supplements, but for those who adjust slowly, the sensible thing to do is supplement. Many people no longer need supplements after their bodies have had enough time to adjust.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in What Consitutes a Slip or Accident?   
    Accidentally eating something with sugar in it is probably not a reason to start over. Willfully eating something with sugar in it is. The real issue comes with things like wheat, soy, MSG, etc. Even a little can cause trouble and keep you from having the best Whole30 experience. And sometimes waiters assure you there is no wheat or MSG, but, if you are sensitive, you get sick and you find out there was. Such things invite starting over.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from RandiW in Bloated, looking awful, feeling low   
    Your gut flora adjusts to whatever you eat habitually. When you change your habits, your gut flora must adjust too, but those changes tend to be slow. Your digestion is probably disturbed right now because your gut flora is still good for your old diet, but has not grown in the proper ways to digest your new diet. That's why you need digestive enzymes and maybe probiotics. Many people can adjust without taking supplements, but for those who adjust slowly, the sensible thing to do is supplement. Many people no longer need supplements after their bodies have had enough time to adjust.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from eleni in Pre-workout and Post-workout for Yoga practice   
    The issue with your schedule is eating breakfast 3.5 hours after waking. We strongly recommend eating within one hour of waking because doing so is the most powerful way to induce your hormones to get into a good rhythm that supports being sleepy at night and hungry in the morning and other good things. I appreciate not wanting to eat a full breakfast before yoga, but eating some protein and fat before 6 AM would be valuable for you. So basically, even though a pre-workout meal is not necessary for a session of yoga, you do need to eat during that first hour for other important reasons. 
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from jennafleur in Not hungry?   
    It takes longer than 9 days for your hormonal rhythms to get to a really healthy place. One of the best ways to encourage your hormones to get to where they should be is to eat breakfast within an hour of waking and then eat lunch 4 to 5 hours later, and then eat supper 4 to 5 hours after that... even if you don't feel hungry. And it is common to experience little hunger eating this way. At least not much more than a little hunger just before meals.
    That said, you departed from the Whole30 when you had a glass of wine. You are not on day 9. It is great that you avoided the mountains of desserts and appetizers, but deciding to drink the wine ended your process. You have to start over if you want to do a Whole30. It is one thing to discover after the fact that there was a little sugar in something you ate and another thing entirely for you to choose to eat or drink something that absolutely makes you less healthy. The Whole30 is a big deal in part because it demands full compliance. You can't experience the full benefits of a Whole30 if you cheat and you deserve to experience the full benefits.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from paleoandme in Corn the vegetable   
    You know they lie on television all the time. They call beans a vegetable. They are not. Beans are legumes. They call corn a vegetable. It is not. Corn is a grain. It is all part of a conspiracy by the corn and bean marketers to increase consumption of their products by claiming the health benefits of veggies for their second-rate foods. 
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from Vanneza77 in Rice Vinegar   
    The fermentation process makes rice vinegar okay. The original Whole30 guidelines left room for only apple cider vinegar and balsamic, but deeper studies opened the door to many more vinegars.
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    Tom Denham got a reaction from MeadowLily in Moderators, this one's for you!   
    My story on the Whole9 site is a bit out of date, but you can find an early description at http://whole9life.com/tom-denham/. After 2.5 years, I still think the Whole30 was one of the best things I've ever done.
    I never planned to learn anything about food. I literally told Dallas and Melissa that I chose them as my food experts and would keep my focus on other areas, but I've since gotten interested and learned a thing or two.
    I eat what you see posted on my Wholelifeeating website. I have my favorites, but pretty much eat whatever my local farmer is growing and then supplement from Whole Foods when he can't keep up with my appetite.