Wednesdays are my quiet day around here. We usually eat at my mom and dad’s on Wednesdays, and this week my sweet mom made homemade ketchup! Because of our crazy Whole30 thing she fixed a whole Paleo meal: pork chops cooked with onions and ketchup, potatoes and green beans. It was really sweet.

Oh! I also made the salmon cakes that are in the It Starts With Food book. They were wonderful! A couple of the kids took them for lunches today. The others took the barbecue. No one took the slaw from yesterday.

But the big thing today was that I changed the rules on the kids. I started thinking about how I had basically given them absolutely no choice on their lunches, and they also didn’t have much of a choice when it comes to social outings. For example, Paige had a meeting at school today at lunch. They served pizza! Of course I let Paige eat lunch with her friends but it got me thinking.

I haven’t given the kids much of a choice about food. Even more, I certainly didn’t consult them before implementing Whole30. But events like this are going to happen, and I want to give the kids some feeling of control about what they do put in their bodies. I’ve been dealing with some grumpy kids lately (one in particular!) and so I decided to give them a small measure of control over what goes in their mouths.

So I decided to tell them that I will continue to be Whole30, and we will only have Whole30 foods at home. But if they have the opportunity to be out with friends, then they can make their own choices. It may only placate them for a week, but I certainly had some happier kids going to bed tonight.

I hope this was wise!