When transitioning to a healthy, organic, high raw lifestyle many people end up pulling their hair out because their loved ones often don't share their passion and even totally reject the new regime.
I am frequently asked how to deal with this and here are 4 suggestions I have based on my personal experience:
1/ "Be the change you want to see" or in other words "lead by example"
When I first went on a high raw diet 11 years ago, my children were 11 and 14 years of age respectively. They had been brought up on a diet which included generous servings of processed food and were not about to jump on the raw food train. While I wanted my kids to be healthy I knew that forcing them to eat a raw diet was not the answer. Instead I just stuck with my program and offered them yummy raw meals and treats when they came to my place. Eight years later without preaching (too much :-) about the benefits of raw food they have both adopted a very healthy high raw diet of their own accord.
2/ Only keep healthy unprocessed foods in your home.
This may not be possible if your spouse enjoys meat pies and ice cream, however, it is possible if you have young children and your spouse is on board. This way your kids choice is defined by what is in your fridge and pantry. If your kids pester you about having processed foods that are on TV or that their friends are eating, let them sometimes try them when you go out. If they have been eating well at home they will probably feel ill eating junk food and will self-regulate anyway. Again, prohibition clearly does not work.
3/ Create a healthy food imprint in toddlers.
Research has shown that the types of food that we are fed at a very early age are often the very foods we are drawn to throughout out our entire lives especially when we are stressed and looking for comfort. This is known as the "Food Imprint". Some researchers believe that even by offering a baby breastmilk when they are distressed but not actually hungry can set the child up for eating disorders later in life. Similarly offering toddlers treats and food when they are upset can also set up unhealthy eating habits if left unexamined can perpetuate throughout the child's adult life.
Imagine being drawn to having a green smoothie or some leafy greens when you are looking for comfort food instead of chocolate, cakes or chips!
4/ Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are the perfect way to introduce family, friends and colleagues to the power of living foods. Even if they are still eating lots of processed foods, many people are willing to have just one green smoothie a day. We have many testimonials from people reporting that by adding just one green smoothie a day they have:
- lost their cravings for sugar, junk food, coffee and alcohol
- have developed a craving for fresh leafy greens
- have more energy and feel happier
- have improved health in all areas from diabetes to skin conditions to digestion conditions
- lost weight (when needed)
Remember all of the above happen just by adding one green smoothie a day without making major dietary changes.
All you need is a good blender that can really make all the fibre in the smoothie go nice and creamy and smooth. This is important as thorough blending allows more nutrition is released from the cells and it is a much more pleasant experience not having chunks of fiberous greens floating around your smoothie!
By Anand Wells, Live Food Education