Carrie A 'Thompson' Snyder Posted October 11, 2012 Share Posted October 11, 2012 I know the Hartwigs' recommend just diving right in but it has taken our family a couple of months to start the Whole30 plan. We have been following a "paleo template" since last spring. It has been a slow process to make changes in our diets over the past 8 months. We have cut out grains with the exception of rice, but we haven't been as diligent with our children. I would still make scratch bread for our girls so they could make sandwiches. My girls and I would have a baking weekend of making scratch cookies to have as treats. My husband, Brian, and I have debated how far do we want to take it as a family and what do we feel is really necessary. My husband attended the Ancestral Health Symposium this past August in Boston and that is how we heard about the Whole 9/Whole 30 program. Brian is a professor in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Truman State University and I am finishing my PhD in Public Health and Nutrition Education at Kansas State University (yes, we are going on our second year of living apart), so we have been really looking at changing our diet to more paleo not because "well, that is what my ancestors ate" but doing what we felt was right for our family and what does the scientific literature say. I will be starting the Whole30 program on October 15th along with a friend of mine that I live with. My husband and girls will be starting the program on Oct 22nd. I will be visiting them the 18-22nd so I will be setting up meal plans for him and the girls. My husband has a an intolerance to beans, so we limit those already, but my oldest daughters favorite food is chili. Our oldest daughter, Lilly (age 7), has always had an intolerance to products made with soybean oils. She tested negative to soy allergies, but when ever she eats a food with soybean oil in it (margarine, cream cheese, salad dressing, pizza sauce) then she will have a mild, short term rash on her face where ever the product touched her. She typically has stomach aches and has never had the best bowel movements. Our youngest, Ally (age 4), is the cutest little, gassy girl you will have ever met. Who knows what causes her to be so gassy. We will do the best we can to keep the girls on the Whole30 by packing their lunches and snacks for school. We know there may be instances where they may eat a food that is not on the Whole30 food list when at friends houses or at school but we will control what we can for them and see how it improves their GI funciton. The big challenge I see coming up is Halloween!!! Brian and I plan to follow the program as structured, obviously. I have never had food intolerances other than being lactose intolerant before having children. During my pregnancies I craved milk and could all of a sudden drink milk without any side effects. That continued after pregnancy so I have kept milk and milk products in my diet. That is probably the the one non-paleo food that I have kept in my diet up to this point (well, now that I think about it the occasional dark chocolate, honey/sweeteners, and some processed foods occasionally). Finished off my last container of Chobani Greek yogurt this morning and will have my last dash of 1/2&1/2 in my tea tomorrow. I am excited to see if I notice any changes. Another reason I really want to try the Whole30 challenge is on September 11 I developed a sever allergic reaction, with a nasty rash on 1/3 of my body and major edema. Between 5 doctors, no one was able to determine what caused it. They know it was an internal systemic reaction but no idea what caused it. I had a biopsy, several blood tests ran, and have been on a lot of medications. When you are an overall healthy individual and you become so sick, it scares the crap out of you. The experience has caused me to want to control as much of my environment as possible. I don't have high expectations set for myself or my family. We are active in cycling, trail running and cross-fit. Overall we have diets that evolve around protein, vegetables, and fruit. Maybe getting rid of the milk products and only having 1-2 servings of fruit a day will help me get closer to my body composition goals, maybe it won't. But I am not only looking at this as a diet change alone, I will be working on stress relievers (hello!! I am a PhD student who lives 5 hours away from her children and husband) and getting that 8-9 hours of sleep every night so my 15-16 hours awake are more productive. I am excited to learn from this. Also, the reason I am starting Monday and not today is that I have an 8 hour road trip tomorrow to Poplar Bluff, MO to complete my first Tough Mudder. I figure why set myself up for failure? But I am going to try and keep my goals in mind this weekend even though it will a 56 hour party with 20 of my closest friends. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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