You’ve started to do some research and you’re convinced yourself, that there is a better way. You’re excited about learning how awesome real food really is and the amazing effects it has on your body. BUT,
- How do you actually put all of this into action?
- How do you get your family on board, especially when they are accustomed to eating whatever they have been for their whole lives. Dietary changes are an emotional issue for most of us – especially if they think they are being tricked or punished!
I grew up eating a ‘standard Australian diet’ (modeled on the American version) and it was actually me who broke away from that to create a healthier life for myself – my family and friends still think I’m a little crazy – but slowly, surely and persistently, I’ve been introducing them to new foods, ideas and recipes and broadening their palettes to appreciate real food. Through my journey I’ve really learned that our attitude/emotions/beliefs about our food are just as important as the food itself.
My suggestion would be to transition as slowly as you can – don’t cut out things you consider unhealthy, but use the method of ‘crowding it out’. Basically still continue your diet as usual, but just ADD things in – don’t remove a thing. You CAN’T have this, or you CAN’T have that is far too intimidating for even the most open-minded. Keep adding in the good stuff – eventually it will start to take the place of the bad stuff naturally – you won’t need to force anything. There is no need for anyone to feel deprived or give up the things they love, just make small changes where you can to start.
The best part is that real food tastes amazing and loves your body back!
Definitely increase your raw food intake for your family – add raw foods to your meals and gradually let the portions grow over time as you enjoy and crave them.
Do the best you can with what you have available, but basically, be curious about what you’re eating, and what it is doing FOR you, or AGAINST you.