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  1. We are in reintroduction and my daughters both had very emotional and volatile reactions when we reintroduced gluten. Luckily, I found myself next to a child psychiatrist last night at a sport event and we got on the topic of the Whole30 and gluten sensitivities. She told me it is actually well-known in the medical community that gluten can lead to a large range of psychiatric issues - including psychosis and suicidal thoughts (which she has witnessed personally with her patients)! She recommended I go to the Pub Med website and search on gluten psychosis. I found this one article as an example: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26184290 There are many more articles on this site. I wanted to share this info since this was earth-shattering to me! We are clearly going to avoid gluten as much as possible for our whole family, not just the girls, after this discovery.
  2. I am only on day 5 feeding myself and 6 children (12, 11, 8, 6, 4, 2) and my husband. I'm struggling with being able to keep this up for 4 weeks. We live in Alaska and produce is very expensive (almost $5 for 5oz of baby spinach, 1 head of romaine over $2). We just went through 5 dozen eggs in 4 days... We are used to spending about $100/week on groceries and I've already spent $400 this week. We can't afford to eat this way, so I'm having an internal battle of whether to continue doing this with everyone (not sure how at this point) or just doing it for myself and only eliminate a few things from their foods, which would still be more expensive than we can afford. Please, any ideas are helpful. Need to figure this thing out.
  3. So, we just re-introduced non-gluten grains to our 3 kids (ages 8-13) on day 27 of the Whole 30 (I needed to start reintroduction a few days early due to a trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house next week). My 2 girls both had negative affects - my son was fine. Here is what I gave them yesterday (the same for all 3): meal 1: non-gluten waffles (later discovered it had soy lecithin) meal 2: gluten-free pretzels (later discovered it had soy lecithin) meal 3: gluten-free pasta (brown rice-based) My oldest daughter felt nauseous after eating meal 2 yesterday. My youngest daughter said her stomach hurt this morning (before breakfast). I had planned to give them legumes tomorrow (because I really need to get further down the reintroduction path before the trip so I was going to do an every other day reintro schedule), but now I am stumped. Should I do gluten-free grains again but this time make sure there are no soy ingredients? Also, am I really tampering with our results if I don't wait the prescribed 2 clean days inbetween reintro days? I am very worried they won't be successful at trying to eat cleanly at Grandma and Grandpa's or else I wouldn't even be pushing the envelope by asking the question. Thank you for your help!
  4. We are on day 26, but because of an upcoming trip to my parent's house on 4/8, I need to start the reintroduction process tomorrow for my kids (ages 8-13) so I can do it in my own controlled environment. My husband & I will stick with the program the full 30 days. Anyway, I am wondering what is the downside to only waiting 48 hours between reintroducing items? I was thinking of introducing non-gluten grains tomorrow (Day 1) and then legumes on Day 3, dairy on Day 5 and then gluten grains on Day 7. That way we are hopefully done with reintroduction before we fly to Texas and things becoming much harder for me to manage! I would love to hear experienced folks' recommendations on this. We have a put a ton of discipline and effort into this Whole 30, and I know this part is important (especially since I know my youngest has a sensitivity to something!). However, my mom is not very mobile and I just can't ask her to accommodate our Whole 30 requirements 100% while we are visiting. Thanks in advance.
  5. First off, we definitely fall into the category of "can't afford to lose any weight" which I just read in the book means we need to snack somewhat. Also, my husband has fibromylagia, and if his blood sugar gets too low he can't function, (something I'm hoping Whole30 will improve). He needs things that are as easy as possible to put together for himself and our children. I'm at work most of the day, but will try to get as much prepped as I can. So, I'm looking for kid friendly snack ideas.
  6. I'm really struggling here. I'm a 31 year old mom of 4 and this is my first whole 30. I'm doing it to get healthy and shed the 60 lbs I've gained in my pregnancies. I desperately need a reset. I'm so the very typical sugar to sugar energy person described in the book. My problem is I should be day 17 now. I started strong, but on day 14 I went on a sushi date with my 11 year old and made every excuse in the book why I should count this as a "special occasion" and cheat. All in one meal I had rice, soy, wheat and dairy. Then went for dairy queen after. That was Saturday night. Felt like CRAP for the last four days, even after starting back strictly whole30 Sunday morning. My tongue was swollen and patchy, I was moody, stomachaches and so sluggish. I was feeling better today, then my MIL (who lives with our family right now) sprung for pizza and it couldn't have been worse timing. My 2yo is sick and my 4 month old has been nursing all day, so I did no meal prep and was STARVING. So gone are my four days of progress since after a great day i just ate three slices of cheese pizza, two breadsticks and a tootsie roll to seal the deal. My main issue is meal planning. We are on a tight budget and I'm still falling behind on planning family meals - that is for my husband, 11 yo, 4yo, 2yo and me. My MIL rarely eats with us as she works alot. So now I have to meal plan for everyone and separately for me? Some days I've got it, then I get a day behind and bam, here I am. Scarfing pizza and guilt, guilt, guilt. I've also been weighing myself. Bad, I know. Moderator edit to remove scale discussion. My NSV include crazy energy, stamina, no afternoon crash...I've been feeling so great. Can anyone help me with the meal planning? WHY does it feel so impossibly daunting? Just thinking about it stresses me out. I really want to start fresh in the morning but I keep thinking of the book when it says that not having a plan is a recipe for failure. Should I just plan for a few days and then start when I'm feeling confident? I just don't want to awaken my sugar/carb/everythinglooksgoodtoeat dragon in the meantime. I've been feeling so goood! I just can't keep doing eggs eggs and more eggs all the time. And I've failed homemade mayo three times and can't afford the premade paleo kind. I'm so discouraged but I WON'T let myself quit!!! I just need help.
  7. I posted for suggestions in another thread, but I'm dying here. I am cooking for 9 people three meals a day every day. I went into the kitchen to make lunch and found that the egg salad I had planned can't happen. They ate all of the boiled eggs but 6. That is not enough to feed all nine of us. The thought of cooking another meal brings me to tears. I've used the slow cooker, I've baked ahead, I've boiled and scrambled eggs..... I can not seem to get out of the kitchen. We homeschool as well, so we will all be home all day for the rest of eternity. How on earth do I make this easier??????? It's Friday and the fridge is empty again. They are eating everything and I simply cannot keep up. Often there is not enough left for my husband and I. We had to make breakfast twice today. We went through 10 lbs of potatoes in just one dinner. And yes, the kids are helping with food prep, but this is out of control. Any thoughts or advice would be helpful. Please imagine cooking for dinner guests every day all day long......That is what the last 26 days has felt like. On the positive side, we've made it 26 days.
  8. Butter Problems (Dairy issue)

    So I've been looking at The Whole 30, I first saw a friend commit to it, and there are a variety of reasons it interests me. One of them is the wide variety of meal plans that people have made complete with dummy guides for people like me who just need someone to tell them what to do. The other thing is that it avoids soy, in all forms- which most meal plans that I find for families include foods that our family cant have. Let me explain: When my youngest was 10 months old we tried to introduce a 50/50 mix Goats and Coconut milk to my son like we did my oldest, he didn't take to it so we tried cow's. Well, turns out my youngest (E) is allergic to cows milk. Like even traces of real milk in baked items causes his cheeks/anus to peel and scab. We have yet to make it off the first rung of the milk ladder, He's been dairy free for 1.5 years. I know I'm intolerant- if I drink straight milk I get super sick and get the same other GI symptoms and have since I was a babe- I can do butter and products with milk in them cooked- but straight up milk kills my insides. What has interested me in the Whole 30, is the fact my son has a soy allergy. And we are talking he cant even do shared lines/carry an epi pen type allergy. Whole 30 looks pretty anti soy (well not anti soy, but consistently soy free) The problem: My son cant have butter, and our kitchen is a "soy safe" kitchen. We only buy milk for my oldest who transitioned to cows milk when he turned 2.5 (he has no issues whatsoever) but everything in our kitchen is free of soy, and soy derivatives, and all milk products (we are talking I have to call manufactures about Xanthum gum! that is how soy free we must be to keep E safe) This is the butter we use: http://earthbalancenatural.com/product/soy-free-buttery-spread/ Natural Oil Blend (Palm Fruit, Canola, Safflower, Flax, And Olive Oils), Filtered Water, Contains Less Than 2% of Pure Salt, Natural Flavor (Plant Derived from Corn, No Msg, No Alcohol, No Gluten), Pea Protein, Sunflower Lecithin, Lactic Acid (Non-Dairy), And Naturally Extracted Annatto For Color. I dont want to spend the money on the book to try a program where because we cook as a family for the whole family we will fail (E is a food snatcher so ALL our foods have to be safe for E) We literally have trained E to only drink out of his "safe sippy" because we have to. I cant figure out what people with severe dairy intolerance's do for butter. Would this be safe? I dont think I could go back to making two meals- that almost drove me insane, you know- the kid hanging off your leg screaming for food while you cook two separate meals? No. Just no. I want to buy the books, I want to do the programs (not just because of the soy thing, but I also like the testimonies about kids, I'm 99.9% sure my son and I have ADD/ADHD and would love to see if this works for him and I) but I'm pretty frugal and dont want to waste 30-40 bucks to buy two books, try to carve time out to read them between my psychotic kids, for us to fail because of butter. So anyone have any ideas? Suggestions?
  9. 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!!
  10. Anyone else doing W30 with their kids? We are starting our program as a family on May 1st (I've completed one round back in Jan; DS did a sugar/gluten free challenge the same week I started W30, and did great; First time for DH but he is ready, suffers from gout occasionally). My main fear is ensuring success for my 9 year old son. He has mild gluten allergies, sensitivity to dairy, and craves sweets, also is overweight and has low energy. He's got a good appetite, likes to try new foods and eats a good variety, but I know he's dependent on certain non-compliant foods, so 30 days seems very daunting for him right now. I've got quite a bit of reading to do, but I'm trying to find strategies to use, with him particularly, to get him to do the program for as long as we can. DH has suffered from gout periodically, sometimes severely, and is overweight. His diet relies mainly on grains & legumes, but he has been mostly vegan for about a year and a half, so eating more veggies won't be too hard for him. He likes meat but was advised to avoid it due to his gout, so we'll see how the W30 way of eating sits with his body. I've had great success with my experience - lost over 15 lbs and continue to lose and managed to pinpoint troubling foods in my diet. I do feel myself slipping a bit, but I'm motivated to start again mostly to motivate my family. Hope to hear from others looking to redirect their kids' eating habits towards a more healthful, conscious way of life!
  11. Potty Treat?

    I am starting a Whole30 with my kids on Jan 1. I have completed around 5 Whole30s and I thought it was time to get my kids involved. I'm posting this in hopes of getting some ideas for potty treats. I am working on potty training my two year old and she usually gets one treat (a small candy like a jelly bean or m&m) for going number one and two for going number two. I have been trying to think of whole30 treats to replace the candy. I want it to be special because I want to reward her for going potty. I was thinking maybe just an Enjoy Life chocolate chip. I know they have the sugar but they don't have the soy, dairy, etc... I thought about dried fruit, but would she really think that was a reward? Has anyone gone through something like this? I would love some ideas. Thank you! Corey
  12. Getting fats into kids

    Day 28 here. My 4 year old eats a lot of fruit. I'm ok with this as he eats some veggies and loves sliced turkey and hard boiled eggs. But I suddenly thought that he's not getting a lot of good fats. He won't eat avocado, although I offer it often. How can I sneak good fats into his diet. I think he's just burning fruit sugar. I can get coconut milk into his scrambled eggs, but not sure that's enough. Thanks!
  13. My four year old and I are doing Whole30. We are on day 7. Well he is technically day 4 as he had sugar and gluten-free grains at our small school group on Monday. Anyway, last night he started crying for pizza. Today he is crying for pizza, mac and cheese or spagetti. I feel so sad for him. All the protein he will eat is sliced turkey and eggs. I know he needs to eat more, but he is picky. He leans on fruit for his cravings. Any tips for handling this mourning period for him? Thank you! PS: I allow him to have sweet potato chips. Ingredients are sweet potato, coconut oil and salt. I don't endulge in these myself as the snack demon will come out, but I feel like he needs something familiar... Thanks!
  14. I am beginning the Whole30 on Monday. I am very ready to go but there is one thing that is really stressing me out - the kids! There are so many resources on this site....I also know nothing about Paleo.....so I am posting this in case anyone feels like starting me out with some direction & links. First off, we are a rather healthy family in that I cook ALL of the time. My kids love most everything and really do prefer my cooking over going out to eat. They are not fast food kids. They are growing and constantly hungry (skinny boy 13, girl 9). My husband and I have personal trained together for five years so he is totally on board with eating healthy. Our one challenge is going to be getting rid of our protein shakes & peanut butter. This program just seems overwhelming as I just put together my shopping list. My family will have NO problem eating my dinners. It is the snacks that worry me. Right now after school their snacks are hearty - cheese/crackers, leftovers made with chili (chili bowl, chili/cheese burrito, etc.) and dishes using taco meat. Their school serves healthy lunches. I am not a "100% kids always have to be healthy" mom. (past ED and don't want my daughter especially feeling deprived as I know where that leads.) I know these foods are not anywhere close to being healthy in the Whole30 scheme of things, but compared to processed crap in a bag or box....I'd rather them eat homemade, organic food. The biggest challenge is finding grab & go foods they can eat when they are starving. (I often times make protein bars, balls, etc) A piece of meat, handful of nuts, & piece of fruit is not the norm for them. I am torn b/c I know they need Whole30. Son eats worse....total sugar lover....and I swear daughter has an aversion to something. She is gaining weight pretty quickly and has skin issues. I'm almost sure it is dairy but could also be gluten. I just think demanding Whole30 100% of the time is going to be so stressful & challenging that I will be a mess. Thanks in advance for some direction. Jill
  15. When we saw this at our local grocery store checkout, we just HAD to share with the forum. (Wish there was a section just for Whole30 humor!) But sadly, in the end it isn't funny that a lot of these bad habits start young and as a parent, it takes a lot of teaching and avoiding things like this:
  16. I'm having my first kid and i'm already worried about how to talk to him/her about their food choices without causing food hangups or body image issues. I watch my niece eat more sugary foods than any adult would ever eat and i'm worried about how i'll "prevent" my kid from preferring those foods over healthy choices. I'm also afraid of making "bad food" taboo and thus forbidden fruit. Any articles, books, etc for talking to your kids about healthy eating and raising them to prefer healthy foods over crap from the start? When do you let go and when do you put your foot down? How do you talk about food choices in a way they will understand and not translate into "mom doesnt want me to be fat" Thank you! Kris
  17. Any success stories from moms?

    Hey everyone! In my line of work I have the opportunity to interact with adults and their children. I have been pushing (gently) for moms in my area to try the whole 30 and those who have done it are thrilled with everything they get out of it. The disconnect seems to be when I suggest that children can and should join in. They have this idea of "kid food" and what their kids will and wont eat, and "Is that even healthy?" So, I am looking for anyone would be willing to share a success story. You can email me personally but I am very interested in hearing from a variety of sources which could include, -Pregnant whole30 -whole30 with kids -whole30 troubleshooting with kids -whole30 success with kids -whole30 with kids who are coming off of a mainly processed diet -positive effects of whole30 with kids Any other story that someone would want to share would be great! And any especially kid friendly recipes would be wonderful!! Feel free to comment or email me. kmitc033@odu.edu
  18. Well I decided yesterday that we would start for the first time and commit to the 30 days. Today I cleaned out the fridge and pantry of all or any temptations. Today I re-read all the guidelines etc. Today made a meal plan for Week 1. Today I started my food prep for Week 1. made balsamic dressing, marinaded chicken souvalaki, made mixed nut bars as a snack. These were my goals for today. Tomorrow I will shop for veggies and fruit. and a few pantry items that I need for the week. Looking forward to getting back on track with clean eating!! Real Food!!!
  19. Greetings all! Our little family of four is going grocery shopping today and will be starting this program asap. We are a Crossfit adherent, a former-broken-athlete-now-housewife, an active toddler going through a growth spurt, and an 11.5-month old infant about to be weaned. Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated! The adventure begins...
  20. Hi, I am one month away from turning 39 and feeling horrible! For the past 2 1/2 years I have been on a downward spiral of eating poorly. When mama eats poorly, so do her children! In my household we have: my husband (overweight), me (overweight), 16 year old son, 13 year old daughter, and 10 year old son. Believe it or not, prior to this past 2 1/2 years our family ate very healthy, and I was able to get rid of stomach issues as well as headaches and allergies. My daughter's allergies are back, as well as her headaches; my headaches are horrible, and I feel nauseous most mornings; my older son (16) is working out and gaining muscle, but he is not eating well at all....mostly carbs! So, I took the plunge to guide us back to a healthy lifestyle...We started May 12, 2014. Here are some issues right now: 16 yr old feels week while working out at gym...should I add more protein???? He is used to mostly a refined carb and protein diet since he started working out. He could lose some body fat, he is not able to though...I think it was the carb intake. 13 year old is super active, almost no body fat and a lot of muscle. She tumbles, cheers, plays soccer. She does not like meat or eggs very much...she is getting lightheaded. What should I add? She's eating fruits, veggies, cashews, almond butter...a lot of these foods! I have a problem getting meat into her...she gags! I am tired!!!!! But I know this is like a withdrawal effect. I am excited...but worried about the kids energy needs! I haven't started my 10 yr old yet....well I have incorporated more fresh fruits. There are no more processed anything ( I hate the stuff anyway). But I have not taken the bread and rice and pasta away yet....Not sure how to handle this. He is allergic to eggs....so I am thinking duck eggs will work for him. My husband is away this week for work. Thank god! Or I may bite his head off....I am very moody right now! He has not started....having trouble with motivating him. The GREAT aspects: We have been planning every meal together (for the past 3 days...lol) We have been talking about the foods as we pack lunches for the next day. The 10 year old is a part of it and is asking more questions about the foods he eats. We are all in this together!!! I am happy to get back to what I enjoy and believe in....clean eating!
  21. Hi - I've been feeding my children (girls, aged 3 and 7) the same food as me. They tend to have a little more fruit than me. I follow the same principles, palm sized protein, added fat, lots of veggies. A little fruit (always eaten with meals and not as a snack) A little background - I have tried to make the healthiest choices for them throughout their whole lives. I breast fed for as long as possible and have limited "treats" etc. I thought I was feeding them well. Until recently I cooked mainly with (all organic) brown rice, whole grains, legumes, veggies, lots of tinned tomatoes. Sometimes fish. I cooked with meat occasionally and because of the price I would make one piece last for several meals. They did eat sweets (candy) and chips (fries) but only as a treat once a week or at birthday parties. I can see now that it was very carb heavy, but I thought that it was healthy. We are considered by friends to have the 'healthiest' diet around. So, why is my 7 year old daughter fatigued often. Why do her joints ache in the morning. Why does she look pale and drawn with dark rings round her eyes? Why does she continue to get eczema (mild) when I don't use harsh chemicals in the house or bathroom? (I have now stopped using "pure organic oils" on their skin (which contained seed oils) and have switched to coconut oil and to wash with.) Why does she have sudden rageful tantrums followed by tears and deep sadness where she feels "bad" and then lacks energy all day (or the next)? (She is generally a very well behaved, respectful, interested, helpful, happy girl) Anyway - this has been an amazing learning curve. When I decided to quit sugar (end of March) she was so interested in my experiment that she chose to do it with me asking if sugar was making her tired too. However as a child, she has occasionally been in environments when sugary "treats" are on offer. I have said to her that I want her to learn to make the best choices. I've told her what I would prefer her choices to be but that I wouldn't be cross if she chose to have the ice lolly or bright coloured drink that day (birthday parties mainly). Now and then she has either become suddenly very fatigued, or has had a difficult to control tantrum where she feels like she can't stop and she scares herself. She has RAGE and becomes aggressive. Then she gets a 'downer' where she feels really sad and tearful and generally 'bad' for how she behaved and the next day - no energy, headache, fatigue. I wish I had been writing it down so I could know for sure if this always happened after a 'treat'. But Mama's instincts tell me that it is the sugar and/or additives causing it. She has food allergies (ige measurable) to Dairy & Egg (discovered at 6 months old when trying for the first time) and Peanut (Epipen) (discovered at 2years old) My 3 year old has asthma, and is often 'under the weather' with colds and other viruses. She is allergic to pineapple and kiwi evidenced by a rash when eating. I also suspect dairy has caused her to have eczema so I have kept her off it most of the time. I also keep her off eggs because the eldest is allergic but am going to reintroduce those now. So we gave up sugar (the 3 year old has no choice but to comply!) and we now limit fruit. Then after experimenting I noticed I was ill after eating wheat which lead me to research it, discover that grains in general might be bad and when I found Whole30, I stopped eating them all straight away. My 7 year old seems to be taking to it like a duck to water. She is used to having to eat differently from her friends. She loves experimenting and trying new food. She loves our cooked dinners for breakfast! My 3 year old is getting used to it all and has even stopped moaning 'but mummy that isn't breakfast, it's dinner'. My concern is this. My 3 year old (always stubborn, difficult and with a tendency to whinge, always insisting she is hungry and demanding food or trying to sneak some from the kitchen - this resulted in me installing the longest baby gate in the world last summer to keep her out of the kitchen part of my open plan family room!) has been getting more and more grumpy. She whinges constantly and is as usual always demanding more food. The thing is, when I was filling them up with loads of whole grains I knew she wasn't hungry and could ignore her pleas in confidence. Now though she seems tired and even grumpier and angrier than ever. I have been hungry so perhaps she is. She has seemed to have a cold this week. She is now crying when going to pre-school (she's never done that) but they say she is fine all day. Then when I pick her up she starts whinging again. Is she hungry? Is she detoxing? This morning they had pan griddled steak with onions and brocoli. Lemon in hot water. Added fats in the way of coconut oil and olive oil. Roasted vegetable sauce. I gave the 3 year old a spoonful of almond butter and some frozen roast root veg (she ate like icepops) on the way to preschool just in case she was hungry. She seems weak. Doesn't want to walk so much and is becoming clingy. Very out of character. Sorry this is so long. I just don't want to make my kids suffer just because I want to experiment. My motivation for doing this is life long ill health (me), allergies and asthma etc (them) and a myriad of ill health in my immediate family including type1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, lymphoma, ulcerative colitis, connective tissue disorders. I desperately want to avoid the same health problems in my children and of course would like to finally feel well myself. I would love to hear from people in a similar situation or from moderators who can reassure me that this is safe for my kids. Although I have been cutting stuff out since end of march, I am officially on day 6 of the whole30.
  22. Family Whole30

    My wife and I decided to do the Whole30 5 days prior to Jan 1. Part of our deicsion was do we include our 4 year old son and 5 year old daughter. Long story short, we decided to go with the "All or Nothing" method here: http://whole9life.com/2012/11/whole9-let-us-change-your-kids/ Ok, just some background info: I am 5'9" and was 169.0 on January 1st. My wife is 4'11" and was 148.0 on January 1st. Our kids are both not overweight at all. We had concerns that they would not be able to thrive on the Whole30, but we decided to give it a shot anyway. Prior to Whole30 we ate 'healthy' according to what we used to know. Here WAS our typical day: Breakfast - Cereal (organic and usually gluten free with 1% milk) Snacks - Plain yogurt w/ honey Lunch - Sandwich with whole wheat bread and deli turkey Snack - Cheese stick Dinner - Spaghetti / Fish sticks / Homemade chicken nuggets / whole wheat rolls / corn / green beans My other snacks - I would constantly snack on Goldfish crackers, cereal, or anything else that I craved. On January 1st we cleared out ALL non compliant foods and shopped based on the shopping list here: http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Shopping-List.pdf At first our fridge was very bare and for the first few days I was so worried me and the kids would starve!! I want to cut out most of our experience during the 30 days to keep this short. However I do want to go over some basic achievements from the Whole30 (some expected and some not excpected): 1. I lost 11.6 pounds (over 6% of my body weight) 2. She lost 10.4 pound (over 7% of her body weight) 3. Kids did not gain or lose significant weight (maybe 1/2 pound at most lost) My son is a wrestler so he is weighed in often and I never saw a huge difference. 4. I can now breathe through my nose when I sleep - Ok, about day 15-20 I told my wife that I noticed I could breathe through my nose consistently. She replied with, yeah I know I can't even hear you! I have been a mouth sleeper as long as I can remember. I seriously did not expect this to happen. And I am still breathing and sleeping peacefully through my nose. I don't exactly know why this happened, but if I had to guess it's due to the systematic inflammation that the 'other food' was causing. 5. My wife and I both never get too hungry or too full. Seriously, I used to come home from work starving pretty much no matter what I had for lunch. Now, I could honestly go all day and yeah I would be hungry but not the belly growling craving hunger that I used to feel. AND I am never too full. I used to get so bloated after meals and snacks. Well that is no more. 6. My kids behavior has improved. Ok, this is apparent by not only our observation, but at school as well. Just last week my son's Pre-K teacher said "He has had an excellent week". Umm, are you sure this is my son! And, my very very talkative daughter has for 2 weeks in a row been allowed to go to the office and pick out a prize for her lunchroom behavior. Only 2 kids in her class of 20 have been chosen both weeks. So, yeah we have noticed and so have their teachers. 7. My son used to complain of belly pain throughout the day. We not once heard him complain during the 30 days. Throughout the past 1-2 years we have listened to him complain on and off of belly pain. We have had him on Miralax and even visited the doctor. However, since the Whole30, nothing, no belly pain complaints. 8. We are not picky eaters anymore. My kids cheer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner now. They love the real food they now get. One example, before the Whole30 my kids liked eggs a little bit, only when we had them for dinner with toast and bacon. Now, in the morning they cheer for scrambled eggs (that I cook in Ghee). Then put out a platter of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries and they think they are in heaven. Before the Whole30, my son wasn't snacking on cucumbers and guacamole. My daughter wouldn't think about eating raw carrots. We have had a variety of brussel sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, squash, zuccini, spaghetti squash, carrots, onions, etc and our kids know they have not choice and they actually look forward to dinner. One of their favorites is sweet potatoes sliced and cooked in EVOO. Yeah, I have always been picky and have always looked forward to whatever BREAD was cooked for dinner. But now, I love my veggies. My wife has cooked some amazing dinners with REAL FOOD. My daughter used to only eat Mac'N'Cheese for lunch. My son would always want the bread for dinner and nothing else. This has caused them to eat more protein and eat more veggies and they actually like them. 9. We didn't step on the scale for the entire 30 days. I totally did not expect to lose 11 pound. I have not been in the 150's since my early college days and I am a runner. I feel stronger now and much leaner. My wife has been on SlimFast and other 1200 calorie plans and this was a total shock to her. How in the world can we just eat whatever is on this list and still LOSE WEIGHT? How? Well, we were both shocked. We are still going forward with Whole30 lessons learned. 3 of our family members have birthdays in Feb, so yeah we will have some cake. We are more flexible with our kids when they are out, but at home we still eat REAL FOOD. Thanks for reading. I have before and after photos and other details. I totally support the Whole30 and cannot say enough about it. Jarrett Family 2014
  23. Hi, I'm 15, female, just began crossfitting 3-5 days a week, and I just started my first Whole 30 1/1/14. I'd already been eating paleo for 10 months give or take a couple weeks and I like to think my sugar dragon has been long since vanquished. The majority of the reason I decided to try this out is because around nut butters/coconut manna I literally turn into a black hole and consume it by the jar, which was both expensive and highly uncomfortable at times. I don't have any weight to lose at 5"4 and 114lbs, and I'm actually trying to pack on some muscle in preparation for a crossfit open in a couple months time, as well as the Spartan Sprint in June! My pre-wo meal is currently non-existant considering I feel terrible when I work out soon after eating just about anything, but post-wo I've been sticking to a can of tuna/pink salmon - I should add this salmon has little-to-no fat whatsoever - as well as my Omega 3+ vitamin d supplement (as per recommendation of my cf coach), and a medium sized sweet potato microwaved with some cinnamon. Otherwise I eat plenty of protein, moderate or maybe even slightly low on the carb end (I hardly if ever get the cravings for fruit), and a truckload of fat. Avocados, coconut oil, ghee on veggies, fatty grass-fed steaks, homemade mayo, and countless cans of full fat coconut milk. The problem arises later in the day. Think 9-11pm. I eat dinner anywhere between 7-8, and I've been consistently adding to what I'm consuming for breakfast, lunch, and the aforementioned supper - but no matter what I find myself hungry later. Since my goal is to put on muscle I'm afraid of not eating enough calories and will go eat some eggs, sometimes tea with coconut milk, avocado. If I don't do this I find it difficult to fall asleeo because my stomach rumbles non-stop, to the point that steamed fish and broccoli sounds like a fair deal if it means I can get some sleep. TL;DR: should growing teens such as myself be eating maybe a little outside of the 3 meal + pre/post-wo template? An example of outside of the template would be snacking whenever hungry, even if it isn't really sticking to the template? Thanks in advance! So sorry for the long post.
  24. My 3 yo dd has recently started telling me her tummy hurts after every meal (like, when there are two bites of food left on her plate). She is not 100% paleo but I am doing a whole30 so she eats pretty clean. Her stools seem normal. Should I be worried or is this just another thing kids say?
  25. Hello All, I am on day 24 of my Whole30, I don't post often but I do like to peruse the forums for inspiration, advice and just to sort of immerse myself in the lifestyle. Everybody here is very kind and supportive. While I was perusing, I just started wondering.... how does everyone deal with conventional type nutritional education in the schools? My oldest daughter is going into first grade so we haven't really run into this yet, but I'm sure we will soon. I want her to know the truth about what is healthful and what is not. But, she obviously needs to be able to do well on future quizzes and such. I suppose I just plan on telling her what I know to be true, but that she has to pay attention in school and answer things their way. Kind of like when I tell her pluto really IS a planet haha. I just hate for her to have to be contradicted and/or conflicted about things. Anybody run into this yet? For myself, I'm almost finished with nursing school, and I know how annoying it is to have to answer "incorrectly" on an exam! grrrrr