As a family of seven you might wonder where, how, or even why we would choose to eat in a way that some might say; could cost a fortune, is inconvenient, or too hard. It’s all in perspective, I had to wrap my brain around the idea of changing, not just my food habits, but our way of living.
You see, change doesn’t come naturally, to most people. We were programmed to eat or behave in a manner of convenience based on our situations. So, it became very clear to me that I needed to change my way of thinking in order to provide the most healthful, yet convenient, and cost-effective way for my family to live.
So, I devised a simple PLAN (click to view RAW food meal plan)
It’s as Easy as 1-2-3
Step 1. Meal Plan – Spend two days of your week, no more than 1 hour each, to plan your meals for the month. Use only 10 recipes for the entire month, then rotate them throughout the weeks to feel as though you have a variety. Create a shopping list according to your recipes for week 1 only. This will be cost effective and time effective.
Step 2. Commit – Commit to replacing one “unhealthy” food in your families lives a week. Ex… Substitute white sugar for AGAVE, or COCONUT PALM SUGAR. Make this commitment for 90 days, and I guarantee you’ll see and feel a difference in both you and your family. This change in our lives immediately made a difference in my children’s behaviors. Less aggression, more focus (which is key for homeschooling), and sleep through the night.
Step 3. Take action – Involve your family in this new healthful way of living. Ask your kids what their favorite meal is and then substitute some of the ingredients to accommodate this change. (See recipes on meal plan)
You’ll notice on my MEAL PLAN I have named the days, this is to get the family excited for the meals I have planned and to also have them help with the planning, prepping and creating. You never know, you may have a budding chef among you!
Below is a sample of a weeks worth of menu items that I’ve planned for my family of seven. You’ll notice there is very little variety. That’s on purpose. The more we have, the less content we become. If I offer to many choices, then it becomes more difficult and defeats my purpose.
The key here is to do what works for your family. This is an example of a 60%/40% MEAL PLAN that works for my family. And not all people are one-size-fits-all, so I have outlined just a sample of what we do to offer you encouragement with easy to follow recipes, (on my blog), to implement this into your lives.
Let me ask you a question, how do you eat an elephant? That’s right, one bite at a time. So, understand that in making a lifestyle change, whatever that change is, is not going to happen overnight. When you develop a plan, commit, then take action, and your plan will be successful!
This post was a guest post from Jackie Reiter of SOS.Raw. She is a homeschooling mother of five, an author, lifestyle coach, teacher, and trainer, and feeds her family a whole foods plant-based lifestyle. They follow a 60/40 lifestyle. 60% Raw food, and 40% cooked, alkalizing food. Go check out her story and tips over at sosraw.com.