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Today marks the first day of the Whole30 for our family of 6.  We've been eating junk and getting fatter, and less healthy for far too long.  Personally, I have a really hard time saying no to foods that I know are bad yet tasty.  I'm looking forward to reseting my tastebuds and losing the craving for sugary foods.  I'm also looking forward to being a better example to my children.

Since we're new at this, we're open to any advise you may have to help us get through our first week and make this a successful Whole30 and start of a new way of life for our family. 

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Also starting today! I'm a carboholic and have gone off the rails lately. Looking forward to getting my diet back on track. I've done Isagenix in the past, so this approach isn't completely foreign to me, but now with 3 kids, a husband with an ever changing work schedule and my own FT job, my stress eating has gotten the best of me!  We got this!!!

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I started today as well.  Hubby and kids - well, I wish I could get them to join in, but I know what battles I can fight and win and which I can fight and just end up flustered.  I prefer not to be flustered over the next 30+ days.  I look forward to hearing how it's going for those taking this adventure with their families.  Maybe I can learn a few tricks and pull my family along for the ride later or the next round......

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One quick question: what are you going to do about the sacrament of the Last Supper / taking communion / the Eucharist? It's something you might want to think about.

 

Other than that, welcome! I've tebeen enjoying exploring a whole new range of healthy foods - I didn't realize how tasty roasted veggies could be or how much the lack of sugar affected my taste buds.

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11 minutes ago, Host said:

One quick question: what are you going to do about the sacrament of the Last Supper / taking communion / the Eucharist? It's something you might want to think about.

God always trumps Whole30 rules -- if eucharist/communion is something you feel is important in your faith, you take part. 

Some people choose to skip it for 30 days, because they feel God will understand that whole30 is important to them. Some take communion because they feel it is more important to honor their religious tradition. Some work with their clergyperson to find a compliant alternative (grape juice rather than wine, and I'm not sure what they do for bread, though some opt for a gluten free option as less bad than regular bread). Whatever option one chooses here is fine, and it's really between each participant and God to determine the right option.

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14 hours ago, Host said:

One quick question: what are you going to do about the sacrament of the Last Supper / taking communion / the Eucharist? It's something you might want to think about.

 

Other than that, welcome! I've tebeen enjoying exploring a whole new range of healthy foods - I didn't realize how tasty roasted veggies could be or how much the lack of sugar affected my taste buds.

This is a great question and one that I never considered.  No one in our family suffers from gluten intolerance and the amount of flour in the host we receive is so small we'll continue to receive the Eucharist each week.  As the moderator stated in their reply, "God trumps Whole30". 

Today is day two for us and my kids have already had a normal week's worth of veggies.  So far we've had very little complaining.  I love to cook almost as much as I love to eat so this adventure is fun for me as I get to learn about new cooking techniques and how to incorporate different veggies into our meals. 

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14 hours ago, Rottiegirl2017 said:

I started today as well.  Hubby and kids - well, I wish I could get them to join in, but I know what battles I can fight and win and which I can fight and just end up flustered.  I prefer not to be flustered over the next 30+ days.  I look forward to hearing how it's going for those taking this adventure with their families.  Maybe I can learn a few tricks and pull my family along for the ride later or the next round......

Thanks for your response.  So far, so good.  We have two older kids 18 & 15 and two younger kids 11 & 9.  The younger ones are still trying to understand what exactly we're trying to accomplish.  They were skeptical of the new foods we've introduced to them so far.  The older kids get it and are complying without too much complaining or eye rolling when they see a ton of veggies on their plates. 

We're a family who pretty much made a lot of meals at home but they weren't always healthy or balanced.  We also had some form of desert almost every night.  So, this is a big change for us and the kids.  Rather than endure an emotional meltdown, we'll allow small diversions from the plan such as an apple or other fruit for the kids but only if needed.  One thing we did last night was to have to younger kids help prepare dinner.  They really liked that and it go them excited to try the food they helped prepare.

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On ‎8‎/‎14‎/‎2017 at 8:07 AM, MoBell04 said:

Also starting today! I'm a carboholic and have gone off the rails lately. Looking forward to getting my diet back on track. I've done Isagenix in the past, so this approach isn't completely foreign to me, but now with 3 kids, a husband with an ever changing work schedule and my own FT job, my stress eating has gotten the best of me!  We got this!!!

I know exactly what you mean.  I'm an emotional eater myself.  I eat when I'm happy, I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I'm bored and so on.  The food isn't going to be the problem for me, it'll be overcoming my sugar craving and in between meal snacking.  But, with the help of my awesome wife and encouragement from others, I'll get through it. Best of luck on your Whole30.

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Day 3 and so far so good.  Now that we're cooking a lot of meals, our kids are getting in on the action.  We homeschool our 4 kids so they're home to watch my wife and I prepare our meals.  They've taken an interest in helping out with meal prep.  I can't tell you what a relief this is.  We have a couple picky eaters but, they don't mind eating the foods that they help prepare.  I hope this continues not just for the next 27 days but well into their adult lives.

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38 minutes ago, CatholicDad said:

Day 3 and so far so good.  Now that we're cooking a lot of meals, our kids are getting in on the action.  We homeschool our 4 kids so they're home to watch my wife and I prepare our meals.  They've taken an interest in helping out with meal prep.  I can't tell you what a relief this is.  We have a couple picky eaters but, they don't mind eating the foods that they help prepare.  I hope this continues not just for the next 27 days but well into their adult lives.

This is awesome! I found the same to be true last week when my very picky 10-year old who "hates zucchini" happily cranked out a whole bowl of zoodles and then gobbled them down like it was her job. These are life skills we are teaching them now so they don't have to learn them at our age. 

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Wow!  My family just started day 8 and we feel great.  I can't believe the changes that have taken place in just one short week of eating healthy.  At this point, my clothes aren't feeling any looser but, I wouldn't expect that in just one week.  I did have a friend ask me yesterday if I've lost weight.  However, the big news is; In the past 4 or 5 days I've been able to get out of bed pain free.  I'll explain.  I have a very bad lower back.  In addition to being overweight, I have spondylolisthesis in my lower lumbar between L4 and L5 and moderate disk degeneration between L5 and S1.  At times I feel as if someone is stabbing me with an icepick in my lower back.  I currently see a pain specialist and have had steroid injections which greatly helped with the pain.  I also take pain medication.  In the last few days, I've felt as if I can stop taking the pain medication as I've had little or no back pain at all.  This is a really BIG deal for me.  The pain has been so bad at times, it's literally brought me to tears.  I really hope this isn't just a fluke.  If this trend continues, I'll be a lifetime Whole30er.  Here's hoping for another successful week and continued reduction in pain.

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On 8/21/2017 at 7:20 AM, CatholicDad said:

Wow!  My family just started day 8 and we feel great.  I can't believe the changes that have taken place in just one short week of eating healthy.  At this point, my clothes aren't feeling any looser but, I wouldn't expect that in just one week.  I did have a friend ask me yesterday if I've lost weight.  However, the big news is; In the past 4 or 5 days I've been able to get out of bed pain free.  I'll explain.  I have a very bad lower back.  In addition to being overweight, I have spondylolisthesis in my lower lumbar between L4 and L5 and moderate disk degeneration between L5 and S1.  At times I feel as if someone is stabbing me with an icepick in my lower back.  I currently see a pain specialist and have had steroid injections which greatly helped with the pain.  I also take pain medication.  In the last few days, I've felt as if I can stop taking the pain medication as I've had little or no back pain at all.  This is a really BIG deal for me.  The pain has been so bad at times, it's literally brought me to tears.  I really hope this isn't just a fluke.  If this trend continues, I'll be a lifetime Whole30er.  Here's hoping for another successful week and continued reduction in pain.

This is amazing! I've been enjoying reading about your whole30 journey!

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