When I first decided I wanted to attempt removing all processed foods from our house, I knew it would be met with much resistance. If I started this journey like a bull at a gate, it would fail. My kids would complain, nag for sweets, refuse to eat and more importantly, not be open to the idea of trying new foods. So I decided that slow and steady would win this race, and I started making one change per week. Eventually, all of the processed food was removed from our pantry and refrigerator, and replaced with whole, real foods. My kids now request the “replacement” foods for their snacks and lunches — it is their NEW normal.
If you try to read this whole site — or any site — and try to implement all the changes during week one, it will likely not work out because you will completely overwhelm yourself. It is too much to learn and too much change at once. I believe much of my success was making slow and steady changes while no one was watching. Following are the changes we made week by week and the reasons behind the changes. My kids did not participate in all of the changes — many of them were additions rather than changes to help my husband lose weight.
Please note, these are changes we chose to make in our lives and I am in no way suggesting any one should make these changes without consulting a professional. These are simply changes we made in our life that have proved helpful to us.
~ “Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time. Over time, those small changes will add up to big transformation.”