Kim and her family before changing their diet

Today I want to share a story of a mom named Kim and her 7 kids, yes I said 7!  I met her through my Fit Moms For Life DVD program and then went to ND and did a bootcamp out there for a bunch of her friends. She just launched her own FMFL community at a recent elementary school orientation and has 36 women who have committed to working out together each week and getting together intentionally to support on another and develop authentic relationships!

I recent wrote a post on “How much money are you wasting?”  This story you are about to read goes pretty well with it.

Here it is in Kim’s words:

“I always thought we were doing pretty good with what we were eating. The kids ate school lunch and I was taking a freezer meal to work for every day. Kevin ate a lot of bologna sandwiches with Miracle Whip and Cheez Whiz, and we had a lot of macaroni and cheese for dinner. Kevin didn’t really have a severe weight problem and I was maintaining a 30 lb loss that I achieved with Weight Watchers, with freezer meals and a lot of fat free foods. Aside from your typical kids’ sicknesses, we didn’t have anything major wrong with us, and I was proud to be feeding nine people on a strict grocery budget. I sometimes made it a game to see how cheap I could get our food. It did seem like I took a lot of days off of work because of colds and flu, and we were always in the clinic with somebody. That seemed to be part of having seven kids.

Kevin’s job required a lot of lifting and twisting and he was at the chiropractor a few times a week. His chiropractor finally referred him to a medical doctor who started a series of X-rays and MRIs. The diagnosis was bulging discs and the treatment plan was physical therapy and probable surgery down the road. Kevin wanted to avoid surgery at all costs, so he started seeing a wellness chiropractor in another town. She did a lot more than adjust his back and send him on his way. She started picking apart his diet. What could his diet have to do with his back? We thought she was crazy, but continued to make the changes she suggested.

The first thing to go was the 6-10 cans of Coke a day. Along with the pop, the candy was stopped as well. She also suggested we throw out all processed foods, white flour and white sugar.  Click here to learn about all the dangerous effects of sugar. She introduced us to the world of organic fruits and vegetables and we started eating different kinds. We sometimes make a game out of how many different colors we can get on our plate. She also started a fire in Kevin for knowledge about nutrition.

With her guidance, we threw out all of our vegetable oils and purchased coconut oil for cooking. I was already buying butter instead of margarine. Not because I knew that margarine was such an unhealthy fat, just because I liked the flavor of butter, better. We started the whole family on cod liver oil supplements. Kevin continued to research and I started modifying recipes and learning how to cook and bake with different flours and sugars. I was still of the mentality that good moms bake cookies for their kids, and that kids need treats.

Kim's family after

We learned the importance of eating grass-fed meats and free range eggs. We started making changes to the dairy we were consuming as well and went from skim to whole milk for the whole family. Our pediatrician was not excited about this change. He disagreed about the fat content in whole milk. We merely smiled and continued on, believing in what we were doing.

It wasn’t long in to our changes that one of our triplets started having problems in school and we took him in for hearing tests. He ended up being diagnosed with ADD. The first (and only) suggestion we received from the child psychiatrist was medication. Not wanting to go down that route, we researched ADD and discovered that some people have problems with focus and hyperactivity because of gluten intolerances. We decided to take the whole family off of gluten for a while and see what happened. This was a difficult change as gluten free food is not the best tasting. Little by little, we eliminated grains. This made meals a lot more difficult, because I relied a lot on pasta or grilled cheese sandwiches for quick and easy meals. We had to modify some more, but we got used to it pretty quickly. We still eat gluten-free pastas from time to time and occasionally I will purchase a loaf of Ezekial Bread, but we really eat very little grains.

Sometimes, I second guess the latest changes Kevin wants to make, but they are validated to me every single time I receive my Fit Mom’s For Life dvd in the mail and listen to Tracy Hittman’s nutrition segment. This makes me feel better that we are making the right decisions, but the biggest indicator that things are going really well are all the radical changes we are seeing in our health. So, while our grocery budget has easily doubled, the changes we have seen in our health have been priceless.”

Day One

Breakfast

Choice of:

Nitrate Free Bacon and Free Range Eggs

Greek Yogurt Smoothie

(Greek Yogurt, Frozen Fruit, Milk, Protein Powder)

Lunch

Grass-Fed, Nitrate Free Hotdogs

Assortment of Fresh Fruit – (melon, grapes, berries)

Cottage Cheese

Dinner

BBQ Chicken Legs

Dilled Baby Red Potatoes

Assortment of Fresh Vegetables – (carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumber)

Day Two

Breakfast

Choice of:

Nitrate Free Bacon and Free Range Eggs

Greek Yogurt Smoothie

(Greek Yogurt, Frozen Fruit, Milk, Protein Powder)

Lunch

Romaine-Spinach Salad

Baked chicken breast, cheese, broccoli, carrots, ranch dressing

Assortment of fresh fruit

Dinner

Meatballs (made with grass-fed beef)

Mashed potatoes and gravy

Asparagus or Green Beans

Day Three

Breakfast

Choice of:

Nitrate Free Bacon and Free Range Eggs

Greek Yogurt Smoothie

(Greek Yogurt, Frozen Fruit, Milk, Protein Powder)

Lunch

Chili topped with greek yogurt and cheese

Assortment of Fresh Fruit

Dinner

Beef Roast

Baked Potato

Assortment of Fresh Vegetables

Snacks include: String Cheese, Yogurt, Organic Granola Bars, Apples and Peanut Butter

Most fruit and vegetables are purchased organic. We try to follow the Dirty Dozen List.

Stay tuned for part two were Kim talks about what changing their families eating habits have done for the family.  It is pretty shocking!

Do you have questions for Kim?  Please feel free to ask her in the comments section below?