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I must admit that I wasn't looking forward to Day 1.  My teens were all making me feel like I was doing a terrible thing to them.  Oh, they never voiced it but their expressions spoke volumes.  One plus was that my husband is on board with the plan...that makes it way easier to implement (and complete). 

 

This plan is quite a bit of work for me in the area of prep time and cooking.  I'm going to be doing a whole lot of cooking.  I never realized that about 90% of my kids breakfasts and lunches were all processed foods.  They'd toast some eggos for breakfast, have a chocolate chip Quaker Oats bar for a snack, zap a couple of frozen chimichangas for lunch and then as an after school snack they'd make themselves a "pizza" on a flour tortilla.  The only healthy food they were getting was dinner but going thru some of my binder's recipes they no longer look so healthy!  This plan may be a lot of work in the prep arena but I'm going to stick with it. 

 

Highs for today:

Clean food = Feeling really good about what I'm doing

Discovered that we actually love Spaghetti Squash!

 

Lows for today: 

No Coffee this morning was tough!

Night time sugar craving is at full throttle. 

 

 

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Lows for today: 

No Coffee this morning was tough!

Night time sugar craving is at full throttle. 

Coffee is fine - so long as you take it without sugar/sweeteners, and sub regular milk for coconut milk or almond milk, or just drink it black - it helps to get good quality coffee...

For the cravings - I can't emphasis enough here how important fat is when dealing with cravings. Initially it may not actually be a craving, but rather a habit that your body is used to. Maybe try some distraction techniques - particularly something like crafting or knitting - they occupy your hands AND your mind, plus you want your hands clean for those sort of activities so you're less likely to want to delve into a bag of chips... If you really DO have a craving that won't go away try eating a few olives, or a spoonful of mac-nut/coconut oil... DON'T feed those cravings with fruit - that will be your downfall.

 

Good luck!!

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Hang in there!  I'm so impressed you got your teenagers to follow with you.  I have 3 teenagers at home, and they are not participating (one war at a time).  My husband is quasi in it (he like to eat healthy anyway and don't consume carbs or sugar so I make sure he eats pretty much I do.  Ive started Day 9 today and believe me, it's WORTH it!!  You'll feel noticeable better!!  :)

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R1D2

 

....and the headache continues. I know it's just temporary but that pounding in my head is a pain, literally.  It'll pass, I can do this!

 

My teens were a bit hungry today but mostly my athletic ones.  I'll need to encourage them to eat more at meal times. The PWO snacks seemed to help out.  

 

Here are today's highs and lows

 

Highs

  • I was able to alter a family favorite recipe to be W30 compliant and the family loved it!
  • I know it's only Day 2 but my clothes feel like they're looser (probably just psychological)
  • Resisted the urge to weigh myself. 

 

Lows

  • Well, my head pounding all day of course
  • Feeling guilty that the kids were hungry even though I've cooked tons of food for meal times. 
  • Did I mention my pounding headache???

 

Heading to bed so I can start Day 3 strong.  It's 11:16pm but for me this is an early bedtime  ;)   I've completed my first 2 days with SUCCESS  and Determination.  We WILL complete this challenge because we are strong, we are willing, and we have the power to make the decision to change. 

 

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You are rockin' this and once your family gets through this first week, it will be easier!  Just make sure to take care of yourself because you're going to need to gracefully navigate your own emotions and theirs.  Have you seen the Whole30 timeline that talks about how folks feel on certain days?  It helped me immensely when we were doing it as a family.  One day my daughter flat out sat down on the sidewalk, cried as loud as she could, and refused to walk.  I was so not feeling the love and then I remembered that we were both on Day 5 or 6 or whatever day it is where you don't feel a lot of love and that helped me get past my own stuff and be more patient with her.  But oh - she was a rough one! :)

 

Lots of prep work cooking and people eat SO much.  It's amazing.  And the thing about easy breakfasts I totally get!  We had such nice quick simple breakfasts and lunch.  It was definitely a switch finding the time to prep and cook the foods.  But it is so worth it!

 

You ARE strong!

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