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    zebaby got a reaction from womaninshoe in Best tips & tricks for starting W30 with kids?   
    After having my first successful run with Whole30 in January, I have encouraged my family to try it with me starting the day after Mother's Day! DH is finally onboard and ready to commit. DS is willing to give it a go, but a little scared, especially the thought of having to commit to 30 days (he did a 7 day sugar/gluten cleanse when I started my W30 in Jan). My main reason for pursuing this with my family is to alleviate some symptoms I've noticed in my son's health (low energy, weight gain, moodiness, mild gluten allergy, dairy intolerance, not hungry in the a.m., adult-sized appetite). 
     
    Aside from the usual advice about reading the Whole9 literature about Kids doing the program, I would love some general tips and tricks from those of you that have had success with Kids' Whole30 or are in the process right now.
    Is there a mantra that helped you guide your kids through the program?
    A kid-friendly recipe website you couldn't live without?
    Did you modify the program at all for your kids?
    How did you explain the program to your kids to motivate and educate them?
    How did you manage slip ups?
    Any other words of wisdom to help with a 9 year old?
     
    Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated!!
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    zebaby reacted to MeganR in Day 2: 5 year old w/ massive carb flu?   
    oh and PS I second the applesauce and bananas idea! I also made some paleo popsicles for my girls and let them have them with breakfast--1 can coconut milk, 1 banana, 3TBSP cocoa powder, 1/2C water and a pinch of salt all blended together. I didn't eat them b/c I figured they weren't really whole30 approved (popsicles!) but all the ingredients are compliant and it got some good fats and vitamins from the cocoa powder in them. I would serve them post protein (eggs, sausage, etc etc) and my kiddos were in heaven!  
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    zebaby reacted to snolili in 9 y.o. mainly eating protein / ending early?   
    What if he helps you cook? Grates the zoodles, mashes the potatoes, etc. My daughter is 12, and she helps me and it makes things easier. I also let her make her own swypo cookies with what we have in the house, I just keep an eye on her and help with the oven as needed. 
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    zebaby got a reaction from womaninshoe in Best tips & tricks for starting W30 with kids?   
    After having my first successful run with Whole30 in January, I have encouraged my family to try it with me starting the day after Mother's Day! DH is finally onboard and ready to commit. DS is willing to give it a go, but a little scared, especially the thought of having to commit to 30 days (he did a 7 day sugar/gluten cleanse when I started my W30 in Jan). My main reason for pursuing this with my family is to alleviate some symptoms I've noticed in my son's health (low energy, weight gain, moodiness, mild gluten allergy, dairy intolerance, not hungry in the a.m., adult-sized appetite). 
     
    Aside from the usual advice about reading the Whole9 literature about Kids doing the program, I would love some general tips and tricks from those of you that have had success with Kids' Whole30 or are in the process right now.
    Is there a mantra that helped you guide your kids through the program?
    A kid-friendly recipe website you couldn't live without?
    Did you modify the program at all for your kids?
    How did you explain the program to your kids to motivate and educate them?
    How did you manage slip ups?
    Any other words of wisdom to help with a 9 year old?
     
    Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated!!
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    zebaby reacted to HealthyForPNG in Surprising win: NomNom Paleo Spicy Tuna Cakes   
    I'm on my 2nd Whole30, and my 5 kids are getting served mostly compliant dinners and lunches, but aren't doing Whole30 with me.
     
    Yesterday just for some variety, I made some of Nomnom Paleo's spicy tuna cakes. At least, a variation of them, as I had to use what I had on hand - pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes, no peppers, just spices. ALL of my children, including my incredibly picky 10 year old, not only liked them, but chose to take them to school for snack or lunch today. I never, ever would have tried this recipe for them. E-v-e-r. Honestly, I wasn't even sure I wanted to try it for myself, because it sounded so odd.
     
    Just an encouragement to keep trying new things, even if you are sure your kids will hate them
     
    http://nomnompaleo.com/post/91332244628/spicy-tuna-cakes
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    zebaby got a reaction from DiGill in Starting my new life on May 1, 2016   
    We are revisiting W30 this May. This time with my husband and son. Crossing my fingers everyone stays on track.
     
    Is there an official May 1st thread?
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    zebaby got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Graduates of 'Starting 1/4/16'   
    Hi! This was my first W30 and I am so happy to have finished without giving up! The road was a little bumpy, I did have some slip ups along the way (hidden sugar and possibly dairy snuck in a few times and I wasn't as diligent about keeping to regular mealtimes toward the end), but I chose to keep on truckin' and, thankfully, still felt some great effects and learned a lot! Plus, I lost 9+ lbs and 5" off my waist! Woot! Now I just need to contact my Doc to see if I can get my cholesterol retested to see if it went down a bit.
     
    I guess I'm doing a modified version of the regular reintroduction, but probably only choosing one ingredient per category (i.e. only garbanzos this time around, then maybe try black beans at a later date). That may change as I proceed, but the reason I'd like to do it that way is because I'd really like to know which food of each category I am safe to eat, rather than just ruling out ALL legumes, for example. I may be doing it in vein, but there are a few foods I really would like to reintroduce into a semi-regular rotation, and others I can probably do without, so I'm crossing my fingers that not all legumes are created equal! LOL
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    zebaby got a reaction from lori_vt in Starting 1/4/16   
    I guess I'll be doing a combo of fast track & slow track reintroductions. I don't want to reintroduce as the opportunities present themselves - I know if I did that, most likely, it would be a double, triple, or quadruple punch. So, I plan to skip the alcohol reintro (I don't really need to know how I feel with alcohol since I already know it makes me sleepy!), start with garbanzos, wait, black beans, wait, rice, wait, other GF grains, wait, then dairy, wait, and skip gluten altogether (I knew from before it made my joints stiff and made me sleepy). 
     
    I'm not sure how to approach sugar though. My goal is to avoid it for the most part, but I do want to have some chocolate at Valentine's Day, cuz - hello! Anyway, I'm not sure if I should isolate that one or just add it later. And, if I do isolate it, should I start with sugar or leave it for the end. Decisions, decisions...
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    zebaby got a reaction from frogtox in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hello all!
    This is the first time I'm posting (had trouble creating an account at first, by the time I did I was over the hump) but I have been lurking for a little bit. This is my first W30. Started out rougher than I thought it would be, went through all the stages (albeit a little ahead of schedule), and now I'm thrilled to be near the end!
     
    Anyway, things have been going pretty well, however, along the way, I've encountered a few glitches. Early on, I accidentally ingested a few ingredients that although had no sugar listed in the nutritional labels, apparently had sugar as the last ingredient. I plugged on with the program regardless and, thankfully, have been experiencing all the positive results, even with a few hiccups. Unfortunately, yesterday, I went out to a diner and had a veggie skillet - scrambled eggs, potatoes, green peppers, onions, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower - no major problem that I could see, but shortly afterwards, I ended up with a belly ache. I suspect that maybe they cooked with butter?? not sure. It totally slipped my mind to ask since most of the restaurants I frequent use olive oil. 
     
    Does this mean that I've blown it altogether? I don't plan on ditching the program just because of this - I don't want or need a reason to eat junk, because frankly, I like the way I feel, and really, why would I want an excuse to eat more crap if it's going to make me feel like I did last night? I think I know the "official" answer (that I need to start over), but I wonder if being close to the end means that my body might see it as an early reintroduction and that I can continue avoiding non-compliant foods for a while (and maybe not attempting the dairy reintroduction scheduled a couple weeks from now).
     
    Thoughts?
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    zebaby reacted to mtngirl884 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I am sure someone else has already mentioned this, or maybe you aren't near a Whole Foods, but Whole Foods has W30 compliant bacon!!  Got 3 packages of it there the other day.  I have noticed that not ALL whole foods carry it though.    
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    zebaby reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    Like Cbg84 said, he's not eating enough. That he needs a snack between meals is a sure sign that his meals need to be bigger.
     
    Have him try this tomorrow:  
     
    Breakfast: 3-5 eggs (or however many whole eggs he can hold in his hand, but unless he's a really small guy, he's bound to hold at least 3) , any way he wants them cooked,  a heap of vegetables -- make up some sweet potato hash or something if he's used to carby breakfasts, plus 1/2 to a whole avocado, or a big heaping spoonful of mayo, or a big heaping handful of olives. Skip the banana until later in the day -- if he wants it with lunch or supper, that would be a better choice. Having it in the morning, especially with the minimal amount of protein and fat he's pairing it with, is not helping his blood sugar levels at all. It needs to be paired with plenty of fat and protein to help slow the absorption of the sugar.
     
    Lunch: Does he like salad, or is he stuck in the diet mindset of salad? Because I'd opt for some cooked veggies for him instead unless he just really loves his salad. If he wants salad, put it in your biggest bowl. Like, dig out the Pyrex mixing bowls, use the big one.  And look at the palm of his hand, and give him 2 palm-size portions of protein. Add half to a whole avocado or a heaping handful or two of olives, plus a good amount of salad dressing.
     
    Dinner: Again, at least 1 palm sized portion of protein, probably two (although if he ate that mixing bowl salad at lunch, he may legitimately only want one). Have your cup of greens, plus a cup of some other non-starchy vegetable (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans -- whatever, but another cup, at least), 1/2 to a whole sweet potato or regular potato (yes, the whole one, covered in ghee or coconut oil and cinnamon if it's a sweet potato, or try olive oil and salt and pepper if it's a regular potato, or whatever fat sources you like on your potatoes, the point is, add the fat.
     
    Meals will ideally keep you satiated for 4-5 hours at a time, eliminating the need for snacks. If he does need to eat between meals, he definitely shouldn't have just fruit on its own -- it will cause a spike in blood sugar. The recommendation for eating between meals is to have a mini-meal of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three.
     
    I get the wanting to lose weight, I really, really do, but starving yourself (himself) is not the way to do it. Your body will lose weight when it's not stressed, and when your hormones are working the way they're supposed to. The best way to do it is to embrace the program, ditch the scale, and eat. Really. Your body needs nourishment to function properly.