You are What You Eat: Part 1 of 2

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?

Comments

  1. Stacy Galasso says:

    Kim – Do you have the name of the chiropracter your husband is seeing?

  2. Patty Henry says:

    Kim that is amazing. You husband in the pix looks like a completely different person. I too have made changes and I am implementing more change after attending Traci Hittmans seminar. It is so surprizing what a huge part nutrition plays and what you think is really a good choice really isnt. The advertising out there is very deceiving. Keep up the good work and sharing your knowledge with your community and keep moving in ND!

  3. Way to go Kim! You are such an inspiration! I have been debating doing this with my family of five and just wasn’t sure I could pull it off. You’ve convinced me otherwise! You mentioned that you still like to bake for your kids, do you have a good recipe you’d like to share?

  4. WOW! Kim, your family looks fabulous. Your husband is an entirely new man and your kids look glowing and happy in the after photo. You look great, too!

  5. Stacy: Are you in ND?

    Patty: Thanks! There is so much information out there and it’s so hard to know what’s right and wrong. We follow nearly the opposite of the food pyramid!

    Katy: You CAN do it. It’s not an overnight process, but well worth the time and investment. I’ll post the kids’ favorite recipe tonight when I get home.

  6. Kim IS amazing!!! I am so lucky to have a friend like her to learn from! I’m so proud of you Kim!

  7. Melissa K says:

    Awesome Kim! It looks like your breakfast is pretty much the same every day. Does anyone ever get bored eating the same things every week? I certainly do.

  8. Kim: What kinds of improvements has your husband experienced in regards to his back? My husband is in a very similar situation with discs that bulge frequently. He sees a chiropractor regularly and doesn’t want surgery. I would love to get him on this path for better overall health but I knew he would be resistant!

  9. Melissa: We DO get bored with breakfast. Yesterday, I made Dustin’s crockpot steel cut oats. Kevin can eat that once in a while, but not for any days in a row. We have scrambled eggs, some of the kids choose yogurt and fruit. We have one son who isn’t a big breakfast eater. He had almonds and string cheese today, with a glass of milk. I buy gluten free cereals once in a while, but protein sticks with you better through the morning. So, we do offer other things, but bacon, eggs and smoothies are almost always picked daily by someone.

    It gets challenging to find variety.

    Thanks Patty!!!

  10. I have been going to an accupucturist and she said to stop chocolate, green tea, alcohol, sugar, diary, soda, no formented food, and any thing white. What do you think of that Dustin? I went to a outdoor mall and had barbequed chicken with coleslaw. But, then I thought I could go into a candy, delectable, delicious store and just look at the beautiful candy without eatting it. No, I thought I would just have one English toffee that was sugarless.for $1.75. The saleslady said the sugar came from corn. It really wasn’t that tasty. Then I saw a large looking cookie made of chocolate and walnuts, it looked so delicious and it was dark chololate after all which is suppose to have amega thee. It was $4.75. It was great. Probably, it would have been best not to go to the candy store. Why should I tempt myself anyway? I thought I had more willpower. What do you think Dustin? How do I stop my craving for sugar and other stuff? Shalom, Esther

  11. Wow! What a great story & a beautiful family. Congrats on all your changes and for taking charge of your life & health!

  12. Wow Kim….what an inspiring story!! And part two is still to come! You are the pioneer of Dustin’s extended dream-and how fitting, in the North Dakota prairie-now getting an actual group organized to meet together-that is so wonderful! And those beautiful kids-can’t wait to hear the their stories of improved health.
    Sometimes having hard boiled eggs around helps to add some variety-can make an egg salad sandwich with that Ezekiel bread for breakfast. Or, for the bigger breakfast eater, grating up a raw potato and sauteing it in some coc. oil and serving it with some poached eggs could change things up a bit–maybe on a slower weekend morning. Sometimes I grind up raw oats for pancakes and serve with raspberries. Or, leftover veggies and some canned salmon works just as well:). Dustin has talked about mixing things up to fool our bodies out of plateaus; lately I have been trying this and have kept off a couple of lbs. so far-some days doing mostly raw fruits and veggies, another day more protein and nonstarch veggies, even tried throwing in a day and a half of water only for a mini cleanse…totally not fun!
    Esther, you had me laughing all the way-don’t we all have those pathetic total blooper days when we blow it so bad that we just go ahead and finish off the day with ice cream, just for good measure-maybe throw in a hunk of that DARK choc. to boot~!

  13. Ok, Dustin. School is starting and Fall is on it’s way…I NEED that crock pot oatmeal recipe!!! Please share…

  14. Just go up to the top of this page and on the right is a place to type in a search item….I just tried it and it worked:).

  15. Great story Kim! You have done a great job. I can’t imagine keeping up with and feeding 7 kids. Congrats on getting the FMFL team set up too. I can’t wait to hear the rest of your story.

  16. Stacy: Our whole family sees Dr Peterson at Family Chiropractic and Massage. I could email you her number if you’re interested. Cool that you are in Fergus Falls. Maybe you could come by one of our FMFL meetings sometime. I think we were talking about getting together with the Page group sometime for another outdoor bootcamp this fall!

  17. This was the first recipe I modified, still the kids’ favorite. You really can’t tell it’s whole wheat flour. It’s pretty high in sugar, but I still make it “by request” for every birthday. The origianl recipe is the Hershey’s Cocoa Perfectly Chocolate Cake.

    Chocolate Cake
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup organic Cocoa
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup coconut oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup boiling water

    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

    Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

    Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

    Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

    CHOCOLATE FROSTING

    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
    2/3 cup organic Cocoa
    3 cups organic powdered sugar
    1/3 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

  18. Have a recipe for homemade Ezekiel bread. It’s fun to make and delicious!

    Ezekiel Bread

    Take thou also unto thee wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and finches (spelt), and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof. Ezekiel 4:9

    • 2 1/2 cups wheat berries
    • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
    • 1/2 cup barley
    • 1/2 cup millet
    • 1/4 cup dry green lentils
    • 2 tablespoons dry great Northern beans
    • 2 tablespoons dry kidney beans
    • 2 tablespoons dried pinto beans
    • 4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
    • 1 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
    • 1 tablespoons salt

    Directions
    1. Measure the water, honey, olive oil, and yeast into a large bowl. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
    2. Stir all of the grains and beans together until well mixed. Grind in a flour mill. Add fresh milled flour and salt to the yeast mixture; stir until well mixed, about 10 minutes. The dough will be like that of a batter bread. Pour dough into two greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
    3. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until dough has reached the top of the pan.
    4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes, or until loaves are golden brown.

    Nutritional Information

    Servings Per Recipe: 24
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories: 169
    • Total Fat: 4.1g
    • Cholesterol: 0mg
    • Sodium: 200mg
    • Total Carbs: 30.8g
    • Dietary Fiber: 3.1g
    • Protein: 4.6g

  19. Thanks, Kim and Beth, for taking the time to type out those awesome recipes for us!! I have already printed them for immediate use :).

  20. Way to go Kim and family! All your efforts and are paying off. Congratulations on developing your own workout community! See, that is what happens when you meet up with Dustin! Glad to have met you in Spark!

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