Changing our lifestyle, specifically our food, is never a quick and effortless transition at first. It takes time to relearn what a protein or what a carbohydrate really is and the healthiest sources of each macronutrient. It is also a time of reflection. We tend to look back on our health and what ourselves and family members were eating which can be eye opening and usually creates an urgency to change our family’s habits. Encouraging our family members to eat healthy is essential but it is not always the smoothest shift. Here are some realistic tips to improve your family’s health:
- Educate – Education is the first and most important step. When you learned what hydrogenated oils or chemical calories are, it made sense to switch to more natural and organic products. If you just switch without educating your family on the knowledge you have gained, there will be resistance. When our family understands the benefits of anything, like healthy food, they are more likely to agree and willing to make positive changes.
- Symptoms– Ask each family member what their biggest symptom or complaint is. Energy? Mood? Weight? Sleep? Encourage them that healing the gut (digestive tract) helps to heal the rest of the body and that symptom or complaint can improve with dietary improvements. When something becomes personal or relatable, your family members are likely to listen and try new things.
- Slow and steady – You must move at a slow pace! You cannot make significant changes all at once. Weekly, biweekly or monthly, change ONE thing at a time. Get used to the new lifestyle change before making any new changes or improvements. When you change something, find the healthy alternative instead of completely eliminating. Again, work at a pace that your family is comfortable with and it will be a smooth transition.
- Do not sweat the small stuff – Stressing over small things like holiday parties, birthdays, school related events are not worth it. There are some things you can change and other things you cannot. The things you cannot, for example, cupcakes at a school birthday party, will not ruin your child’s health. We need the fun stuff here and there! What you do the majority of the time matters most.
- HAVE FUN – Get your family involved! Ask them what foods they enjoy, what foods they dislike, what they want for dinner and what they like for desserts. When you include your family with the cooking, you can guarantee they will enjoy and eat the healthy meals you prepare together.
- Book a couples appointment – At Nutrition and Whole Health Solutions we offer couple appointments. Couples can be with your partner or kids. These appointments help address both individual clients needs and goals while working together.
By: Ashley Muse
Nutritional Therapy Consultant & Microcurrent Technician