Whole Wheat=Severe Bloating
I watched Oprah last week about "The Silent Killer -- Diabetes". Dr. Oz and Bob Green talked about preventing diabetes and becoming "healthified" by cutting out the whites -- white rice, white flour, white potatoes, white sugar . . . pretty much anything and everything that I love!
I was shocked that Aaron decided to join me on the couch for a little "Oprah" time. After the show, Aaron looked at me and said, "We are doing this! No more whites!" We came up with a plan for how to get the kids involved and excited about our new, NO WHITES eating plan. Our solution: BRIBERY!!
We sat down and told the kids about our new eating plan the next day. These were the rules:
1) No sugar during the week. Saturday is our FREE day when they can have treats.
2) No more white bread, white rice, or white sugar during the week.
3) Kids get to help plan healthy, nutritous meals -- and help cook them.
4) A monetary monthly settlement for whoever completes the goal. (The kids all need $ for sports, summer trips, clothes so it is a Win/Win situation.)
There was a wide variety of reactions from the kids:
Cali: "I've always wanted to do this. Our family just eats junky, so I've never been able to do it on my own." (Wow! Says a little bit about my cooking, huh?!)
Ian: "Sounds fun! But do I really have to eat wheat bread?"
Nyah: "Sure. But when do I get the money?!"
Carson: "Oh, I'm going to miss my candy. Can I eat it all on Saturday?"
We started the "diet" on Monday and these are the results so far:
1) The kids are packing healthy lunches instead of eating school lunch.
2) Everyone is eating more fruits/veggies/whole grains without complaint.
3) I never realized how many cookies, cakes, and sweets we were eating each week. Our freezer is literally stuffed with goodies that we have to wait until Saturday to eat.
4) The kids are excited about cooking! Who knew?!
5) Everyone is extremely regular. (You know what I mean?!)
6) I am extremely bloated.
7) Our food bill doubled.
8) The snacking in our house has been cut in half.
9) One of the kids brought a b-day donut home from school with tears in her eyes and said, "Do I have to stick this in the freezer?"
10) Other parents/teachers probably think we are abusing our children by sticking skinny kids on a "diet."
We'll see if the success continues. After all, Valentine's celebrations are today, tomorrow and Sunday!
I'm going to post the recipes we've been eating on my "Tasty Niblets" blog in case any of you are interested in how we torture our children at dinnertime.