Many of us have been there before: we are trying to eat healthier, exercise, drink more water, and get enough sleep, however, we live with our family who defies anything to do with healthy living. Although this can be very hard in the moment and you think that they are never going to change, don't give up just yet. Here are a few tips and things to remember to help make healthy eating a family affair so that along with you, they too, can enjoy a vibrant, healthy and happy life.
1. It is important to remember that pressing or pushing someone to do something will usually only push them in the opposite direction. People must first understand why they are eating healthy for it to ever last and become a lifestyle change. Before you begin this journey, take a minute to explain to your family why it is so important to not only you, but to them as well. People will change when they are ready, but it's up to you to welcome them with open arms when that time does come. When they ask questions, provide them answers. Help them see that it really isn't all that hard.
2. Cooking with and for your family is also another way to encourage them to eat healthy. People like to be involved and to feel as if they are contributing to the process. If you include them, give them a task and explain why you are doing things like adding kidney beans to the beef burger patties or flax seed to the veggie burgers. This will help them understand more, making clean eating seem not so foreign and unfamiliar.
3. Make them healthier versions of their favorite foods to show them that healthy food can taste good too! Use websites like Google, Pinterest or my site, The Gypsy Dietitian, to find creative and delicious recipes.
4. Most importantly, never give up on them. Change will come; it just won't happen over night.
Stay persistent - their life is worth your voice and dedication. And as always, be an example, a standard, and a role model for them to look to for help, advice, and strength.
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. - Unknown