What is crazier than taking away sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes with kids in the house?? NOTHING! (OK, well there may be some things, but go with it!) There’s also nothing quite as rewarding as knowing you are feeding your family in a HEALTHY way!
But if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking there are a million other things you’d rather do than fight with your kids over cookies! You’re right!
I know first-hand that it’s not necessarily easy to feed your kids healthy. In fact, it can be down-right difficult.
That’s why I want to make it as EASY as possible for you to succeed at Whole 30! If you read my post about some of the benefits of Whole 30, you’ll know why I like it so much!
HAVE FUN WITH IT!
If ever there was a good time to be it kid, it is NOW! I mean, really! You can make a whole zoo out of your kids’ lunch plates.
There are sooooo many fun food ideas on Pinterest right now! The possibilities are endless! You can practically make an entire zoo out of your kids’ breakfast dishes. They don’t even have to know you are feeding them Whole 30!
And kudos to the ones who come up with this stuff! You are brilliant! Seriously, though, if it looks fun and you make it fun, your kids are FAR more apt to eat it, than if you tell them, ‘Here is some Whole 30 food. I hope you like it!’
At our house (which is filled with kids) we do fun meals like, Whole 30 Paleo Pizza Skins or Layered Taco Casserole I have found our kids are 100 times more likely to eat something that has ‘nachos’ or ‘pizza’ in the name, even if it is a Whole 30 spinoff of the real deal!
Hint: I don’t recommend making your kids carrot juice popsicles! They just don’t disguise as ‘orange’ popsicles! But live and learn! 🙂
MAKE IT SIMPLE
So many times when I’ve been scouring the internet for Whole 30 approved meals, I have come across extremely exotic and not very easy to prepare meals. I’m just not all that fond of roasted duck or lamb meat. Sure they’re Whole 30 approved, but why?? And I know that our kids are definitely not going to be interested in unidentifiable exotic food.
The problem is, if the ingredients aren’t easy to find in the store, or easy to prepare at home, you are far less likely to prepare it, which means you won’t be eating it!
You don’t have to become a gourmet chef to execute Whole 30. Simple, down to earth ingredients are all you need.
The idea is…with kids you have to keep it simple. Whole 30 is challenging enough. So if you want to do Whole 30 with kids, you have to take the pressure off of yourself! Remember the goal is to feed your kids healthy food. Not become the next contestant on Master Chef!
KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE
How are you with trying new things? Does the thought of vegetables make you squirm? Does anything green make your toes curl? Are you vocal about it?
Guess what?? Your kids are watching. And they are copying you. If you don’t like it, chances are, they won’t either!
Your attitude toward ‘giving up’ food or trying new foods you may have never eaten before will set the tone for the rest of the table. You can do it! Keep an open mind and a smile on your face when it comes to trying something new. Kids are usually more than willing to follow suit!
Show your kids that eating healthy is fun and rewarding rather than a big burden. Your attitude will go far in aiding in the success of taking your entire family through The Whole 30 Challenge!
You might be surprised to find that your kids will actually eat salads or greens. They just needs to be presented in a positive way.
THE SECRET IS TO PLAN AND PREPARE
The motto for Whole 30 is ‘plan and prepare.’
The makers of The Whole 30 Diet know from experience that you need to have a plan. I will tell you from my experience that when doing Whole 30 with kids, planning and preparing is even more important.
I guarantee you that your kids will be wondering around aimlessly looking for a snack at least once during your challenge. If you have a plan for that time and you have prepared snacks ahead of time, you will make doing Whole 30 with kids easy and even enjoyable!
When my family did Whole 30, I made sure to plan my menu a week in advance so I never worried about what we would eat. In some ways, I was even more prepared during Whole 30 than I otherwise am, since I wanted badly to make sure that I could help our family succeed.
Plan out your week so that you know EXACTLY what to expect and then make sure to prepare ahead of time.
It will make everything easier. You can thank me later! 😉
INVOLVE YOUR KIDS
I made a point of involving my kids. We worked together in the kitchen preparing meals (the extra help was really nice, actually!) Some of my older kids got really good at cutting up fruits and veggies.
Aside from preparation in the kitchen, I also talked to my kids about the menu. In fact, I called our last week of Whole 30 ‘The Best of Whole 30.’ I asked each of the kids what their top three favorite meals were and then planned accordingly.
They were much more inclined to eat the food they helped plan for and prepare.
I made a point of posting my menu in a very visible location every week. For us, the front of our fridge was the perfect place. (EXTRA Bonus tip: Did you know that most fridges can double as a dry erase board? Just be sure to test it out in a non-conspicuous location!) Keeping the menu visible was an easy way to involve the kids. That way they knew exactly what meal was coming and I wasn’t constantly answering the never ending question, ‘What’s for dinner?’
DON’T GIVE UP!
Anytime you try something new, there is a learning curve. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. If you never try, you’ll never know what you could have accomplished.
Don’t be afraid of failure and don’t let your fears stop you from doing something that could be life changing! Ask yourself, ‘If I don’t do this, what do I stand to lose?’
When doubts creep in or you feel like Whole 30 is too hard, just KEEP TRYING! I promise you, it’ll be worth it! Your family will thank you!
It really isn’t hard to feed a family while doing Whole 30. As with anything, it is what you make it! It’s not that scary to do Whole 30, either!
If you find yourself off plan, don’t give in to feelings of failure. Instead, pick yourself (and your family up) and keep trying! As an added bonus, you’ll be teaching your kids that success is something that takes time, patience, and effort!
YOU WILL GREATLY BENEFIT YOUR FAMILY
Your family will benefit in so many ways when you feed them good, healthy and wholesome food. Right now, your kids probably won’t jump up and down and thank you for not letting them eat sugar, but eventually, they will learn to appreciate the benefits!
Think about the ways you will be teaching your kids how to establish a healthy lifestyle. That will last them the rest of their lives. Don’t be afraid to do The Whole 30 Diet with kids. If you follow these simple ideas, you’ll be amazed at how easy and enjoyable it is!
What are your hangups with doing The Whole 30 Diet with kids? Is there anything holding you back? Do the thoughts overwhelm you or make you want to run and hide? Have you ever done Whole 30 with kids? Comment below and let me know! I’d love to hear!