Family at a Beach

setting expectations

expect difficulty

It's tough. Expect this transition to require a lot of will power. It is not that we did not find what we were eating to be tasty. Some of it is quite tasty; however, it is not healthy for us to consume on a regular basis. The difficulty comes in becoming accustomed to new habits, changing your taste preferences, and staying committed to it. It is not easy when starting, but it definitely becomes easier with time. I no longer crave certain foods that I thought I could not live without.

anticipate resistance

Discuss the changes with all members of your household. Let them know what changes to expect and inform them of why you're doing it. Know everyone may not excited about the changes. Expect resistance from members of your household, family and friends, and even from yourself at times. However, sometimes an explanation goes a long way. After again sitting down with our 12 year old to explain why we were changing our habits, he was more open to some of the changes. An explanation helps motivate those that may have otherwise resisted.

expect difficulty

It's tough. Expect this transition to require a lot of will power. It is not that we did not find what we were eating to be tasty. Some of it is quite tasty; however, it is not healthy for us to consume on a regular basis. The difficulty comes in becoming accustomed to new habits, changing your taste preferences, and staying committed to it. It is not easy when starting, but it definitely becomes easier with time. I no longer crave certain foods that I thought I could not live without.

anticipate resistance

Discuss the changes with all members of your household. Let them know what changes to expect and inform them of why you're doing it. Know everyone may not excited about the changes. Expect resistance from members of your household, family and friends, and even from yourself at times. However, sometimes an explanation goes a long way. After again sitting down with our 12 year old to explain why we were changing our habits, he was more open to some of the changes. An explanation helps motivate those that may have otherwise resisted.

allow yourself "failures"

It's not actually a failure if you have a cookie or have a hay day at your favorite fast food joint. You're human. So what you ate a cookie. Do not use it as an excuse to revert to your old ways. Just do NOT keep unhealthy items accessible and continue to strive to do better. 

it will happen at your pace

After you've discussed it with your family, decide how you want to approach the change. Do you want to Fitward your kitchen right away or phase out unhealthy choices? I initially did everything right away, pitched the junk and went completely vegan on my household. Needless to say, it did not over well. I had to back up a touch and slowly make changes for them. I kept the junk food out. I did immediately become a vegetarian, but I do consume seafood on occasion. The rest of the family consumes lean meats and seafood on occasion. Everyone seems content with this for now.

hardwork

You've decided to you want to live a healthier life. You know at this point that you can expect difficulty, resistance, failures, and that it has to happen at your pace. Now, you just have to expect to put in some hard work. It is true that any thing that is worth doing will take some effort. Living your healthiest life is definitely worth the effort.