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  1. Thank you for the clarification! I really did intend to buy them to stuff in my purse as an emergency snack but I didn't want to do something that was against the rules. Great idea giving them to the kids, too!
  2. Tom, just to clarify, I thought Lara Bars and Epic Bars were okay for emergency situations-- like getting stuck in traffic when you really need to eat right this second, so help the other drivers who are in your way! If I'm wrong then I'll return or give away the Epic Bars (the Lara bars are for my kids, I'd rather them eat those than generic granola bars).
  3. After reading some posts here and seeing Thrive Market mentioned a few times, I decided to check it out and started their 30-day free trail. I already bought Epic Bars, fish sauce, coconut amino and Lara Bars. So what other foods/products do you like to get from them? It doesn't necessarily have to be Whole30 or food items. I have two kids who I am slowly introducing to the whole30 lifestyle but I still try to buy foods that are organic/somewhat healthy to feed them. Thanks!
  4. eelopez

    Raising kids to understand food

    One thing to remember is that kids take cues from their parents. The more you seem to obsess over food the more they will too, that also goes for body image issues. I have two little girls (age 4 and almost 2), and since my oldest was a baby I decided to never, ever let her hear me call myself "fat" or "ugly" because i remember my own mother calling herself fat/ugly many times and always felt awkward when she did it because I never viewed her that way (even when she was overweight) and couldn't understand how she could call herself ugly when everyone else thought she was beautiful. That being said, I don't always do a good job keeping my kids eating healthily. I try, but depending on the child, it's hard. My oldest is very picky, strong willed and won't eat veggies unless I chop them fine and put them into something like meatloaf and smoothies. Of course, I still offer her fruits and veggies as side dishes, as well as explain to her that veggies/meat/fruit make her healthy, help her grow, and be strong. If she doesn't eat it, I don't force it on her because then it becomes a control issue with her. Once that happens she won't do it simply because I want her to (she's going to be a fun teenager). If she comes to me and says she's hungry and wants something that is full of sugar I explain that something with protein would be better and give her other choices, I also don't stock my kitchen with a lot of bad stuff. If she asks then I simply open up the pantry and show her we don't have any of the cookies she's asking for and offer her other choices. Overall, I remind myself to stay calm/patient and eventually she will get use to seeing brussels sprouts on her plate with dinner and one day will try them. As for letting her have non-healthy food: If we're at a party, then yes, I let her have the treats. When she's at other people's houses and they offer her food, she's allowed to eat it (she doesn't have any allergies or sensitivities or I would handle this differently). In general I try to take the "calm the F down" approach to food with her because I have a lot of other areas in her life that I need to remain diligent on (like wearing a helmet, not diving off the furniture, and getting to bed at a decent hour) and food fighting is not one of them. I don't stress if she eats something unhealthy because I try and focus on offering her healthy food. As for my second daughter, I did more of a baby-led weening approach with her. We still did purees (in general I was more comfortable with that) but after her jar of whatever, I gave her stuff from my plate. The girl was born hungry and would mess/play/eat until she was full. Now she eats almost anything and I'm not so worried about getting her to eat her veggies. It's not a cure-all for pickiness (I have friends who did baby-led weening and still their kids are picky), but it does help them understand when they are full and get use to a wide variety of textures and tastes. You're baby will probably prefer sugary, unhealthy foods over good, nutritious foods. Heck, even I prefer cookies and ice cream over kale chips. I wouldn't worry so much about preventing this because it probably won't happen (sorry). It's good that you're thinking about this now, eating healthy now, and doing what you can now because you're child will mimic you and take after your example.
  5. eelopez

    Dear Scale, IT'S OVER!

    I wish I could like this more than once!
  6. So last year I completed a whole30 and loved it! I couldn't imagine going back to the way I was eating before and planned to never eat so poorly again. Well, life never goes according to plan and I started letting little things slide (especially during the holidays) and now I think it's time to start another one and clean up my diet again. To be clear, my diet is much better than it was a year ago. I eat less dairy and grains and most of my meals are Whole30, but my sugar dragon is made of pure dark chocolate (laced with soy lectin) and I end up eating out way too much. My acne is back along with my eczema and digestive issues so it's time to get back on track again. I'm ready to do this again but I have a few things holding me back I was hoping someone could help with me (or give me some tough love). 1. I'll be doing this one my own. Thankfully, my husband is very supportive but I feel bad because when I do a whole30 it puts a damper on some of the fun things we do together. He has a very long commute (over 4 hours of traveling a day) and so we go out to eat after the kids are down as a way to relax and reconnect. Eating out while doing the whole30 is difficult and we don't have a lot of good whole30 restaurants around where we live. I just need some fun, easy and cheap ideas for us to do for date night. 2. Family pizza/movie night. I love our family pizza and movie night because it's the one night during the week I don't end up cooking. I'm thinking of just getting a pizza for my husband and kids, but I don't know what to do for me. I'm fine eating left overs but a lot of times my left overs are eaten up by other family members. 3. Kill all the things stage. This one's a biggie for me. The last time I did a whole30 my husband and I got in a huge fight. In our eight years of marriage (and over ten years of being together), we've hardly ever fought. This one was really bad. I mean, i actually brought up my mother-in-law (and not in a good way). I do not want a repeat of that and, to be honest, I'm a bit scared to go through the first week again knowing that at one point I might explode again. I know a lot of others here have dealt with these same problems, so I know I can do this again and be successful. I think trying to think through some of these issues before hand will make it a whole lot easier (yes, pun intended). Thanks in advance!