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"Leaner Creamer"

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I only drink black coffee with no sugar (I prefer it that way, and have long before committing to W30), but I'm getting my mother on board with this. It means a lot for me to help her get her weight and health under control, and I'm looking forward to moving back to DC so that I can be closer to her and help support her.

 

She does NOT like her coffee black and without sugar. In fact, she practically drinks sugar milk with a splash of coffee in it and calls it a latte. That said, she came across some stuff called "Leaner Creamer" on Groupon and was very happy because she thinks that it is W30 compliant. I don't think it is, though. And even if it technically is, I'm steering her away.

 

Here are the ingredients:

  • Coconut oil-based creamer with citrus aurantium extract, hoodia, and green tea
  • Made with a hint of vanilla

Is it compliant??

 

I'm worried that bursting her bubble will make her fall off the program. She's basically been easing into it, anyway...she still eats plenty of things on the "Don't" list, but she's been making MUCH better choices lately and anything is a victory at this point. Should I let her use it, knowing that it's a step in the right direction??

 

She is close to 300 lbs and is about 5'4"...I'm desperate to help her see that she can turn things around.

 

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It's great that she's easing into Whole30 style eating, but when she actually starts a Whole30, this is not going to be acceptable. Here's their FAQs page, and if you scroll down, you'll see that there are several ingredients that are not compatible with Whole30: 

 

Coconut Oil, Maltrodextrin, Natural Flavors, Sodium Caseinate, Mono & Diglycerides, Detrose, Dipotassium Phophate, Tricalcium, Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Silicon Dioxide.

 

 

Maltodextrin and soy lecithin are definitely out, and I'm assuming detrose is dextrose, which is sugar.

 

She might try blending her coffee with compliant coconut milk and some coconut oil -- that's the closest I've found to being like creamer that's still Whole30 compliant.

 

Or, she might be happy just being Whole30-ish, and you may not convince her to really do a Whole30, which is also okay -- it has to be her decision to do it, or it's just going to be frustrating for both of you.

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It's great that she's easing into Whole30 style eating, but when she actually starts a Whole30, this is not going to be acceptable. Here's their FAQs page, and if you scroll down, you'll see that there are several ingredients that are not compatible with Whole30: 

 

Maltodextrin and soy lecithin are definitely out, and I'm assuming detrose is dextrose, which is sugar.

 

She might try blending her coffee with compliant coconut milk and some coconut oil -- that's the closest I've found to being like creamer that's still Whole30 compliant.

 

Or, she might be happy just being Whole30-ish, and you may not convince her to really do a Whole30, which is also okay -- it has to be her decision to do it, or it's just going to be frustrating for both of you.

 

Thanks so much, Shannon!! The ingredients list found on the Groupon did NOT include everything. I will let her know that it is not compliant. I'm pretty sure she's going to buy it anyway, but this is a good lesson that buying online is tricky!!!!!

 

I also think that she's not going to commit beyond Whole30-ish, which I am totally fine with. I am just happy that she sees that she can make changes. For years she's taken this position that she is too old to turn anything in her life around, and I'm constantly trying to help shift that perspective. It's hard to watch someone completely give up. Plus 66 is NOT OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want her to be around for her grandchildren!

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You are right.  66 is NOT OLD!!  Most days.  

 

I'm 66 also, and I have battled the feeling that it's a waste of time (and treats) to try to do this Whole 30 thing.  But, I'm now on my 8th day, and I feel really good.  The food on my plate looks beautiful and tastes delicious, I'm sleeping better and waking actually feeling bright-eyed.

 

 I intend to keep this up and if your mom would like a buddy that's as old as she, please give her this post!  Hope she decides that she's worth it-- we old gals gotta stick around for our grands!

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Definitely not too old. I am in my 70's and successfully completed a Whole30 and will start my second one today. I had great success with the first one and have much improved health, energy, and mood. I also lost the stomach bloat and reduced inches and lost some weight. It wasn't that hard but I enjoy the whole shopping, prepping and cooking experience.

I understand the coffee as dessert thing. I used to be the same until I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a few years ago as had to basically give up sugar and other high carb foods. I gradually cut back on the amount of sugar in my coffee and replaced it with a dash of cinnamon until I was sugar free. I did start using heavy cream in my coffee but gave that up for the whole30 and started drinking tea instead. Now I have coffee with cream about once a month as a special treat. Habits can be hard to break but can be done with motivation, especially when your life improves so much. The structure of the plan was a big help to me. I had normal blood sugar readings while on W30. Prior to that I was managing my diabetes pretty well but not always consistently.

Good luck to you both. She is lucky to have such a supportive and loving daughter! If the whole30 is too daunting, gradual changes towards more healthful whole foods could help her health and inspire her to do more.

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has she tried cinnamon?  i was a coffee with cream person and did a little bit of whole 30 last year, on Day 5 of Round 2... but that is the ONLY thing i stuck with for a year.  love it!  and i am a sugar monster!!

 

pam 

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