jumping into whole 30

I mentioned in my previous post that I am going to do the Whole30 diet. Our whole family is, actually. I am very nervous about this. We go to church three times a week, twice for Bible studies and once for church, and everything they give the kids for snack is a grain -- goldfish, graham crackers, animal crackers, Annie's bunnies. I'm not sure how to approach this. I guess I will have to pack the kids' own snacks and explain to each individual teacher how important it is that the kids not eat anything from the church. It feels so silly and over the top, but I'll explain in another blog post why I want the kids to do this as well.

In the meantime, I'm trying to come up with meals that are Whole30 legal. We've been 90% dairy-free at home for about six months since taking dairy out of Austen's diet -- it's just easier that way. So that isn't a problem; however, many of our meals are still carbs-based. Oatmeal, bread, rice, beans. Sandwiches, pasta dinners, tacos. I'm not sure how to create meals without grains besides just roasted meat and veggies every night... and I'm not sure how long I can handle that without going crazy! In doing the Whole30, you're not allowed to recreate carb-based meals with other ingredients; for instance, no grain-free muffins or pancakes, no naturally-sweetened deserts. Besides fruits, no sweeteners, period. No raw honey, no maple syrup, no stevia, no turbinado sugar, no dried fruit. This is a huge one for me, because I love sugar, and over the holidays went pretty crazy with my sugar consumption! It's going to be hard for me to give up sweets. If we do this longer than a month, I might have to recreate some sweets with natural options like dates. A month without sweets sounds good to me.

So with that in mind, do you have any suggestions for paleo/Whole30-friendly meal and snack ideas? Do any of y'all follow a paleo diet? Do you have any tips on how to gets kids on board?

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