By Theresa Harding
When I first started my journey to a lifestyle change of clean eating, I thought for sure my family would willingly join me willingly, without complaint. Boy, was I wrong! My then 5-year-old son complained and one day yelled, “I don’t like you stinky food.” My husband would question my dishes before he’d dig into his plate of quinoa, and my other two children would say they weren’t hungry. They were used to seeing vegetables so often on their plates.
I didn’t realize that I should have first discussed and prepared them for the changes that were forthcoming. Now, my family was used to me buying 5-6 boxes of cereal, fruit snacks, juice, cookies, sweetened yogurt, and some other processed snacks. With all that I’d learned, I started buying more fruits and vegetables for snacks, and non-sweetened cereal, or none at all.
So you don’t experience what I did, with my family, here’s what I suggest in your mission to clean eating: Tell them the benefits of healthy food choices. Show them pictures of alternative choices to their usual picks. Take them grocery shopping with you, then let them help choose foods in the store. Their first thought to this change is probably going to be, “What can I eat now?” I find it always helps to substitute a good food choice, for a bad food choice. Than let them help out in the kitchen.
By preparing your family ahead of time, you’ll find more success on this journey.
How have you prepared your family before you transitioned to clean eating?
Healthy Living isn't difficult. It requires an ongoing lifestyle change with patience and an open mind. I teach this mindset all the time. After 11 years of transitioning from an unhealthy lifestyle to a pain-free one, I think it's important to share my knowledge and research with those who are ready to make that shift in their health and wellness.