I absolutely LOVE having this website! I love having to very dear friends who share my same food beliefs. Just this past week I have had the opportunity to meet two people on separate occasions that are trying to "go vegan" or change their habits. I got to talk with them about their struggles and getting started. It was such a good reminder to me of why this blog is so important. There are so many out there that WANT to change their diet, but find it hard. Then even when you have the eating and the recipes down, you have friends or for some even family members who do not support it. My hope with our website is that we can give you that support. I am excited as we started into this new year, we (whole food mommies) are working on some exciting changes for our website. Our hope and goal is to help others start or continue their journey into the Whole Food world. We love what we do and we love how we feel.
If you are just starting out your journey I want to say, WAY TO GO and more importantly HANG IN THERE, it really does get easier! I would like to make a few suggestions if you are just getting started. Take BABY STEPS, I loved how OPRAH suggested Meatless Mondays! What a great way to get started. For me I started with just a few new veggies at a time. For our family, we were corn and carrots folks. Now those two veggies are last resort.
START SWAPPING: swap out the meat for beans in a few meals. I use to make a delicious chicken rice bowl, I swapped the chicken for a can a black beans (drained and rinsed). Another easy swap is the veggies you are already eating, switch it for greens or add more to the meal. I have to be honest, my list of veggies that I hated was by far longer than the ones I would eat before I started this process. It took my taste buds some time to learn to LOVE all those green veggies. Kale... forget about it, there was no way I was even going to eat that stuff twice, now I try to have it nightly. My tastes buds get so excited when I start steaming it up. Be patient with yourself an your kids. Its well worth it.
GET THE KIDS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS: I let them either help cook or at least pick a veggie or two for dinner. It seems to help them feel like they are not being completely forced into this new way of eating. Its empowering for them to know why they are making the choices they make. It will help them as they grow older and get to make more of their food choices on their own.
Last but not least, DON'T TRY TO DO IT ALL AT ONCE. I have been asked about organic only, or alkalinity and even going completely raw. Here's my opinion, pick one or two things to focus on until you are comfortable, then continue to add to it. If you read The China Study or Eat to Live (any other book like-minded) it can be very overwhelming. Chances are, you will start out with the best intentions, but soon the burnout sets in and then it just all gets thrown out. You have to recognize the BIG STEP you are taking, take it slow.
Some of my favorite staple recipes:
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