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  1. Thank you everyone for your advice. As MrsMarks suggested, I probably need to make it known that the junk food in the house has been excessive and I'll be winding it down - so they had better get used to it. Going cold turkey won't work with them, but a gradual lessening and more 'healthy options' readily available, might do the trick. Yes, watching hubby and I doing a W30 and feeling better in ourselves will certainly serve as inspiration and set a good example for them, but as missmunchie said, no amount of lecturing will convince them otherwise and they'll have to find their own way (with my guidance). On the upside, the 15 year old said he wanted me to teach him how to cook in the upcoming school holidays so there may be a window of opportunity there to have a few lessons on what is considered 'real food'!
  2. Aghhh! I certainly hope someone has experienced the same problems as me with trying to get the family to eat healthily... We have 2 boys - 18 & 15 (in this case I'll refer to my 18 year old as a teenager - I don't think his adult maturity has set in quite yet)! Now I'm not the perfect role model for my family as far as eating goes, but I AM the most health conscious. They do know I eat my 'lame health foods' from time to time and they know I completed my first W30 on Jan 31 of this year. I'm well and truly over due to get back into the W30 way of life. I did a W25 and W7 through the year, but have fallen off the wagon and am back to my old habits & original weight. I plan to do another W30 on Jan 1 and hubby will probably join me also. He is happy to eat what I eat, and could do with breaking some of his high sugar & carb snack habits. My concern is how do I break years of bad snacking patterns that my boys have become entrenched in? They're pretty good with eating whatever is dished up for dinner (I get the odd complaint, but generally they'll eat a healthy meal). Their downfall department is between meal snacks - the 15 year old has the worst sugar/carb dragon I've seen and it really worries me! They are both lean kids who could do with putting a bit of muscle on (we're working on that too), and therefore they think they can eat whatever they like and there won't be any visible consequences like looking overweight. I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall when I tell them that a healthy diet would improve their concentration and energy levels, not to mention their skin. I get that 'OMG, here she goes again' look from them, like I'm from another planet. Granted, I do buy the junk food & sugary drinks they snack on between meals, but I do that because that's all they'll eat. I can just imagine offering the 15 year old a meatball & coconut water to tide him over till dinner! I think his sugar dragon is so strong now that I'll have a real battle on my hands if I attempt take OJ & salty snack foods away from him. The 18 year old just doesn't want to be told what to eat - I know you know what I mean here! After watching 'That Sugar Movie', I realise the way they are eating could be causing them physical problems that they don't want to acknowledge or don't care about. Help! What recommendations and ideas do people have to change entrenched habits? I know it's not going to be easy, but without their buy in, I won't have any chance!
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    Starting July 1st

    Thanks JenX for your support and understanding! Fmr_Sailor, I hear you re: the overwhelming kitchen prep being a deterrent at times! I too felt like I was living in the kitchen which was actually depressing, especially if I hadn't had time to prep meals and would come home from work - late, and then think about what I could cook myself (& family) for dinner AND make it happen AND clean up. By this stage we'd be eating at 8.30pm. Mentally a huge challenge that I'm glad I gave into this time around so I could focus on other areas which right this minute are more "pressing"! I know W30 eating/living works, so when I can commit to myself 100%, I'll be getting back on that horse - no regrets, You're all going great guys!
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    Starting July 1st

    Hi All, I'm so sorry I haven't been posting......I've actually had to throw in the W30 towel sadly. :0( I can't even remember if I mentioned it earlier but I'm currently in a SUPER stressful period of work, moving an office of 130 staff and we only have 2 weeks to go. I've had to realise that July just wasn't the right month for me to be taking on so many challenges! My diet has had to take a back seat (I just don't have the time or mental ability this month to menu plan, shop & cook compliantly)... My family is also taking a back seat - fending for themselves whilst I work longer hours & basically ignore them to continue working through the weekend... Our move date is 2 weeks away and EVERYTHING is on hold in my life until I deliver this project! Anyway, enough moaning . I'm just sad I haven't been able to keep up with how everyone has been going (I've been off the grid for nearly 2 weeks)..... I'm also sad I haven't been able to support my work mates through this (they've also fallen off the W30 wagon)! So glad to check in and see that you're all going well - KEEP IT UP!!! I'll promise pick up again later in the year and I hope to find you all again on another W30 journey! Shout out to Marcella who I was in touch with up to day 5! Xx Leanne.
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    Starting July 1st

    Rissee (you'll soon notice I reply to ALL the alcohol related posts - LOL)! I found that Kombucha is a fantastic substitute for social situations that involve drinking, as it generally comes in a bottle that looks like an aocoholic mixer drink. It has a small alcohol content due to the fermentation, but if no sugar is added after the fermentation process it is completely compliant, tasty and good for you. The only problem is that generally you shouldn't drink more than a bottle (2 at the very most) in a sitting as it can upset your stomach if over consumed. Click on the quote or multiquote buttons under the post you want to quote. :0)
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    Starting July 1st

    Yummmmm!
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    Starting July 1st

    Win! I was deciding whether to make salmon cakes or give Wednesday night's leftover salmon to the cat, when I decided to google W30 salmon cake recipes. Success! I happened across the words 'waffle iron salmon cakes' and the lazy part of me was intrigued so I read on... This great recipe from GrassFedMamma was just what the doctor ordered: http://www.grassfedmama.com/2013/11/12/waffle-iron-mania-salmon-cakes-trim-healthy-mama-style-s/ I pulled my 'toasted sandwich maker' out of hiding and toasted away. I made a few changes to the recipe ie: used fresh cooked salmon and chopped frozen onion & capsicum. Also, next time I'll add another egg or two because I like moist salmon cake. Also, be sure to pile the sandwich maker or waffle iron high with mixture, so that it fills the cavity. Otherwise you'll need to flip your cake which can lead to crumbling. Enjoy!
  8. leaC

    Starting July 1st

    Happy 4th of July US friends!!! I can't believe how many contributors we have on this thread. In previous threads I've been involved in, I'd wake the next morning to find maybe 1 page added each day, and later in the month, sometimes no-one would post! Now I'm catching up on 2-3 pages overnight - keep it up! Hey sbrad28, it must be super confusing switching between eating plans! To be successful at anything you really need to buy into the theory, so now you're having to switch from what WW has taught you, to what the Hartwig's theory on eating is. How do other people deal with this ie: changing a long-standing mindset on food, overnight? I personally haven't 100% bought into any other eating plan, until I came across the W30. Now I have to bite my tongue when nay-sayers try to convince me that grains are OK...not saying I never eat non-compliant food when I'm not W30ing, but at least I am making the choice to do so, knowing it's not great for my health and well-being. BeckyB, my eldest son is also close to turning 18 - as quoted in the comedy movie Airplane (or Flying High in Australia), "I picked a great day to give up (insert doubtful substance here)"!!! Mine is wine. (Not missing it by the way)... Just finished breakfast: compliant sausages, grilled tomoato, celery & cashews fried in macadamia nut oil, small bowl of fruit salad.
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    Starting July 1st

    gigizachry - you're soo right! This is the perfect opportunity to pay your liver some respect! PS: Don't tell me it takes a decade for your teenage sons to grow up, at that rate my boys will be living with me until they're nearly 30!
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    Starting July 1st

    Hi Kirkor, good to see you again and absorb your words of wisdom! PS: Your avatars are always scary looking - is there a reason for that? I added some bone broth to my veggies tonight - good tip! Good tip ingmarie - will use it as a base for 'nicer tasting soups'! brober - you go girl! I know you and you'll be fine. Just get yourself through to the weekend and you'll be much happier next week after preparing for those unexpected changes in day to day plans... xx I'm following you Julie! BeckyB, I feel like I'm reading my own story here.....alcohol is a tough one for me too, and at my age, it certainly hasn't helped my muffin top (which of course I never used to have when I was younger) Got to end that bad relationship - W30 is the only way I've been successful so far - looking forward to another round of better sleep and clearer head etc!
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    Starting July 1st

    Day 1 almost done and dusted! Tonight I tipped out half a bottle of red wine when I got home from work - don't need ANY temptations. Had a large glass of mineral water with fresh lime juice and ice instead! Last night I put on the slow-cooker and took another member's advice about making Perpetual Soup http://nourishedkitchen.com/perpetual-soup-the-easiest-bone-broth-youll-make/. I put an organic chicken, carrots, celery, water, bay leaves, salt and pepper in the cooker and put it on low for 24 hours. I got home tonight and have no idea what to do with it! I made it because it's supposed to be soooo good for you. Will have to think of 'tasty' ways to consume the broth. Not sure if dinner was a success or not? I cooked some lovely salmon with capers & lemon, and made an avo salsa & a couple of prawns to go with it + a small salad. I couldn't finish all my dinner, but hubby was still hungry afterwards, so I ended up making him scrambled eggs (still hungry), then a small bowl of half a sliced banana, 2 sliced strawberries, slivered almonds & shredded coconut. Am experiencing cooking burnout and feeling discouraged already (even though I've gone the distance in the past and completed at least 1 successful W30)... It is tricky starting a W30 mid week. My suggestion to everyone is that we just get through the next few days without beeing too creative, when we get to the weekend THEN look out kitchen, time for a big cook up! djoyce, thanks for those amazing suggestions! StinaBomb, it will NEVER be the right time, so jump in head first. You've got nothing to lose!
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    Starting July 1st

    Glad to see my gal-pal from work posting on her first W30 - you'll be great Nic!
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    Starting July 1st

    HAPPY DAY 1 everyone! I wish you all amazing success! Leanne xx
  14. leaC

    Starting July 1st

    Welcome to overnight Newbies! Good feedback IrishEyes, no you don't have to be a fanatical consistent thread contributor of course, but if you joined a thread and made it known, its human curiousity and concern that makes us all wonder how you're going. Great that you've set goals - posting twice a week, even once a week will make you feel involved and let us know 'you're still alive & W30 kicking'!!! PS: No one has to be ashamed to fall off the wagon and announce it to the world, we're here to support you! Thanks jmcbn - yep, gotta get over faux food way of thinking! I tried making mayo with my oil of choice - macadamia nut, but the flavour is overpowering. Try the lightest olive oil you can, there are great YouTube clips on making W30 mayo, I think Clothes Make the Girl has one from memory? Happy Day 0 everyone!
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    Starting July 1st

    Welcome Marcella! I'm a dairy lover also so the only way I got through previously was to think about the things I COULD eat (not what I couldn't, and get all sad about it)! Homemade mayo was the closest I got to a dairy style (aka creamy) condiment. Instead of adding cheese, try nutritional yeast which has a cheesy flavour, you can add it to cashewnut cream or sprinkle on veggies etc. HOWEVER, I know we are not supposed to re-create things we aren't allowed to eat ie: SWYPO, so I hooooope it's ok to do this? Maybe I'm leading you astray....Moderators, help???