The Walmart Edition Gutsy Finds is the first up for the Favorite Gutsy Finds series.
I already sense some noses crinkled or in the air, “Really? Walmart is what you chose first for gut health and gut healing products?”
It sure is.
And I’ll tell you why.
Until moving back to a small town in Southern Minnesota and having access to pretty much (only) Walmart, all of this was really hard for me to understand.
When we lived in California, it was truly a bubble. Yes, the California bubble is very real. Even in Tracy, California the “cow town” many in the Bay Area proper refer to it as, it’s hardly rural anything. You name it, we still had access to it. And even if there wasn’t a Whole Foods or Trader Joes in the town, there was one within 20-30 miles.
The nearest Trader Joes and Whole Foods is a good 45+ minutes from where we live now.
And I’m not hating on those of you who do have access to all the things. In fact, it’s one of the only things I miss about living in California. What I wouldn’t give for that access again.
But that life – shocker – is not reality for most people.
Furthermore, it’s easy to say, “Well, go drive those 45 minutes and get what you need at Trader Joes and/or Whole Foods.” Yeah, right. Once in awhile, sure. Weekly? Um, no.
Walmart is Reality
But Walmart? Oh yeah. Walmart – THE Walmart – as the besties and I refer to it as is reality for many people in the United States.
Love it, like it, or hate it, but almost everyone has access to Walmart.
And you can crinkle your nose at it or you can roll with it.
Listen, when you NEED to heal your gut and options are limited, you’ll do what you need in order to succeed.
Walmart is part of my Small Town Grocery Shopping list. It’s true that I shop in other places, out of town, and online, too. But, there are absolutely things Walmart can give for both a gut health and healing journey.
I’m about to show you today.
But first, please refer back to the main post, Favorite Gutsy Finds, for criteria.
The main thing to remember is probably this:
The products I feature are products I either have used or would use during both a gut health and gut healing phase. Because of this, the list of items will not be as robust as you might think.
Here are some key notes from my shopping trip for the Walmart Edition Gutsy Finds.
Everything found from this first Walmart shopping trip is from a small store. There are now mega-Walmart stores, in which I could find double (maybe even triple) the items. What’s on this list is likely to be found at any Walmart.
More items in the fresh produce area
Of course there are many more items I could have added from the fresh produce area. Walmart does a good job at offering various things that you might not have even known they carried. A great example are the plantains I mention below. Yes, I get my plantains at Walmart. Anyways, I didn’t feature all the different produce items on this list, but will continue to add.
I have pictures to accompany every single item on the lists above. I’ll add them all for reference, as I have them edited and reduced in size.
See #1. Because of this, my goal is to continue building this post out. While it’s already robust, I believe it can be even bigger. Be sure you’re always on my FREE EXCLUSIVE NEWSLETTER LIST so you never miss when the post is updated with more.
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Walmart Edition Gutsy Finds
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- Hail Merry Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
- Perfect Bar Almond Butter
- Organic eggs
- San Pellegrino
- Coconut flour
- Cassava flour
- Organic almonds
- Pumpkin, canned
- 100% Avocado oil pray
- Cacao Nibs
- Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, butter flavor
- Olive oil
- Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
- Drink Simple watermelon and maple water
- Organic unsweetened applesauce
- La Croix
- Beans, black and dark red kidney, canned and organic
- The Nutty Gourmet pistachio butter
- Creamy peanut butter, organic
- Wedderspoon manuka honey
- Bragg liquid aminos
- Thai Kitchen unsweetened coconut milk, just 2 ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- The Maple Guild, fermented maple sap
- Enjoy Life Foods dark chocolate morsels
- Vermont Village, flavored apple cider vinegar
- Lindsay sliced naturals, olives
- Tomato ketchup, organic
- Tea, organic
- Traditional Medicinals tea
- Mahi Mahi, wild-caught, frozen
- Ahi Tuna Steaks, wild-caught, frozen
- Himalayan pink salt
- Organic raw cashews
- Wildplanet tuna
- Wild-caught salmon, canned
- Fruits and vegetables, organic and frozen (strawberry-banana, triple berry blend, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, pineapple, broccoli, butternut squash, peas, and mangoes)
- Vegetables, non-organic and frozen (cut green beans and broccoli + many more)
- Beetnik Paleo organic beef chili and sweet potato frozen meal
- Applegate Savory Turkey Breakfast Sausage, frozen
- Fresh herb plants (mint, basil, rosemary)
- Bolthouse Farms, 100% organic carrot juice
- Kombucha, GTs, Health-Ade, Humm, Kevita
- Fresh herbs, packaged and refrigerated (dill, thyme, chives, cilantro, oregano)
- Litehouse freeze-dried herbs and spices
- Organic herbs and spices, in jars
- Almond flour
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Coconut sugar
- Acai Maqui Bowl Mix
- Chia seeds
- Organic pecans
Supplements and Personal Care
- Natural Vitality Calm
- Country Farms MCT Oil
- G’t Pure Collagen
- Dr. Teals pure epsom refreshing foot soak
- LetsGet Checked tests (Colon Cancer Testing, Thyroid Testing)
- Schmidt’s deodorant
- Seventh Generation deodorant
- Dr. Teal’s deodorant
- Pill boxes
- Hello brand (activated charcoal mouthwash and toothpaste)
- Schmidt’s toothpaste
- KitchenAid mixer
- Ninja systems
- Food processor, KitchenAid
- Lodge cast iron
- Ceramic bowls and other kitchenware
- Meat thermometer
- Lemon squeezer
- Lime squeezer
- Kerr & Ball mason jars
- Seventh Generation multi-surface cleaner
- Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and ECOS dish soap
- Journals, regular and bullet
- Seventh Generation and ECOS laundry detergent
- Pyrex glass bakeware and storage
Walmart Digestive Aisle
This is what the Walmart digestive-focused aisle looks like.
I know what you’re wondering.
Have you ever taken anything from this section? If so, what?
- MiraLax. I almost gave this to my Gutsy child. But, nah. Don’t do it. Read about MiraLax HERE.
- Traditional Medicinals Smooth Move Tea. Yes, I have taken this in the past. It’s the only item in the digestive aisle that I think is actually quality. The problem with it is that it’s senna leaf, which can make your bowels become dependent on it in order to have a bowel movement. I found that to be true for myself, too, so I stopped taking it. Instead, I always choose Intestinal Movement Formula when in need.
- Enema Saline Laxative. I used to actually use these a lot, per my GI doctor around the time I was diagnosed with Colitis. Looking back I realize just how off that was.
- Magnesium Citrate. And it’s nasty. I’ve written in detail about the product HERE.
And that’s it.
I haven’t used any of them in a very long time.
So many thoughts on the “digestive health” sections at stores like Walmart. But I’m not judging; it’s just not true gut health and/or healing.
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You will heal. I will help.