I first heard about Whole 30 from my chiropractor in early fall 2019, but had never heard of anyone I knew who had done it, so it just kept rolling around in my head for a while and then one day I saw something about it again and decided to order the Whole 30 book on Amazon. When it came, I read Part 1 and was instantly overwhelmed by the idea - there was NO WAY I was going to be able to go 30 days without ANY sugar, cheese or wine, LOL! But I kept finding myself coming back to the book and reading on, and when I FINALLY got past the "scary" bits and started looking at the shopping lists, meal templates and recipes, I realized that I already ate a lot of that kind of food - I just wasn't reading labels for ingredients or consciously avoiding sugar, dairy, etc. That made it all feel more approachable. I decided in early November that I was going to do Whole 30, and initially thought maybe I'd do it in December, but we had a LOT of various gatherings and dinners and I knew I'd be setting myself up to fail if I launched 12/1, so I set 1/2/20 as my start date.
My husband has done similar programs in the past but has also eaten poorly this year and so when I mentioned this program to him, he was on board to do it with me (although he may not adhere to it 100% as I am), and then I also talked to my kids - 16 and 8 - about it, just to tell them what I'll be doing and why. I asked if they wanted to participate with me but they said no - and I understand that because MY first reaction was NO, too! But as the weeks ticked down to 1/2/20, and they saw me reading the book and making notes, they asked more questions about it and we've talked more about why it's a good thing. When I made dinner last night - the coconut-curry chicken and cauliflower rice - my kids kept coming into the kitchen to see what I was making and comment on how great it smelled and looked, and we all ended up eating it - and they loved it! We spent our dinner hour talking about what was in it and I read them some other recipes from the book that I'll be making, and I think they are realizing that there's room for this in their lives, too - I just may need to give them a bit more time to get fully on board with it. And that's fine because my hope is to go 90 days on this program, so if they pick it up 100% in Feb or Mar, that's still better than nothing.
I'm especially glad my 16-year old son is showing interest: he loves to cook and is on his school's competitive culinary team and organizes friends' dinners with his group of buddies where they all get together to cook a meal, so he's always looking for good new recipes. If he can help encourage a healthier approach to eating among his teammates/peers, then he's making a difference in others' health and wellness, too. And I love that my 8-year old daughter is seeing all of this interest in cooking and healthy eating as she grows up, and she has been starting to help prep food in the kitchen with us, too. She's a master at peeling garlic cloves and mincing them up with her kids' chef knife.
Anyway, my point is that a good way to get your kids involved is to talk with them about the program and about the "why" behind the elimination of certain food items, and have them help pick recipes and prepare them - the more invested they are in the various aspects of the program, the more buy-in they are likely to experience. Even if my kids don't go all in on this with me, I'm happy to make them more aware of what's IN their meals so they can make better choices going forward.