JennM Posted July 5, 2014 Share Posted July 5, 2014 Hello, My name is Jenn. I'm 48. Married with 3 teenage sons. My coworker did the Whole 30 back in March. I thought at first she was crazy (no beans, no sugar, no dairy, no grains...what?!). But everyday she would show up with amazing food for lunch so it peaked my interest. She lent me "It Starts with Food" and I read it cover to cover. I was convinced I should give it a try. I have tried various diets over the past 25 years (Weight Watchers, South Beach, Nutrisystem). They have worked, to a point. When I was in my 20's, 30's I would lose weight fairly easily. However, recently, I have tried Weight Watchers and South Beach and no matter how carefully I planned my meals or how little I ate, I couldn't lose weight. I was left feeling frustrated and starving all the time. On those other diets, I was still eating grains, sugar, legumes, processed foods, and dairy - and felt icky all the time. I am viewing Whole 30, not as a diet, but as a lifestyle change. I want to lose weight, yes. But more importantly, I want to feel better (more energy, better sleep, less allergies, less blah). I have spent the last two weeks getting ready (more trips to Frazier Farms, less to Vons). I stopped buying snacks and junk food, more veggies and fruit. No more red wine with dinner. I am collecting Whole 30 recipes, making a meal plan, and beginning a log of my journey here. I plan on starting Day 1 on Monday, July 7. I'm excited! My dilemma...my family! My husband has Type 2 Diabetes yet his favorite meal is a gigantic bowl of cereal with milk. My kids and husband go through 5 gallons of milk a week. Two of my sons are athletes. My husband and 2 of my sons are hesitantly open to Whole 30. 1 of my sons is downright against it (my 18 year old athlete). Two of my sons are very picky eaters and my husband insists he can't live without milk. My plan is as I am the primary shopper and chef, they have no choice but to go Whole 30 with me as there won't be grains, dairy, sugar, etc. in the house anymore. However, I am concerned that my athletic sons won't have enough food to keep them going. I can't afford 3 pounds of high quality, grass-fed meats at every meal. I would love to hear from others with a similar problem. How did you approach a family that is resistant or have a family with 3 very hungry teenagers? Thanks everyone. Jenn PS My personal hurdle is my coffee. I LOVE coffee with lots of cream and sugar. I tried drinking it with coconut milk and it seemed like the milk curdled and the chunks made it very unappealing. Any suggestions on yummy, creamy coffee that is Whole 30 friendly? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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