In my practice, I support the lifestyle changes of many who are dealing with a whole host of concerns. Now, although the basics are the same; eat real food, sleep more, stress less, and love life, not everyone can eat the same things. Nor do most people jump off with both feet.
So its all about making the transition feel comfortable. Comfortable enough so that they can continue to get healthier one step at a time.
Of course, health is not always about the food alone ( in some case its not about the food at all), but for those times that it is, here are a few of my favorite transitioning tips and resources.
1. I am a huge fan of Diane Sanfilippo, her cookbooks are amazing and such a huge resource for me. The 21 Day Sugar Detox books are the perfect start for someone who knows they need to start cooking differently but doesn’t want to get their recipes from womens’ fitness magazines.
2. Meal Plan and pick a day to shop and prep! Using these are a fun way to see what’s on the menu and, the family can be aware as well.
3. Add variety to your day. Don’t eat the same thing; its’ boring and sometimes can lead to new intolerances that you don’t want, as is the case with eggs or goitrogenic veggies (for folks with certain health issues this can be a concern).
My favorite non-egg breakfast is what I call “my morning cereal”.
1/2 c. full fat coconut milk from a can (Whole Foods 365 Organic or Native Forest brand are best)
1/2c- 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes (Bobs Red Mill)
1/2c.-1 c. cut berries
1/2 banana sliced (optional if you don’t want a full cup of berries)
dash of cinnamon
sprinkle of slivered almonds or other nuts or seeds (optional, not for folks on autoimmune protocol)
Serve with coffee, and a few gluten free sausages if you want, and bam…you’re ready to go. No hunger pains with this breaky! (the berries and coconut make a yummy dessert as well!)
4. And my final tip is, if you are the shopper in the household and are in transition you have the upper hand. STOP buying the foods that are not beneficial to you or your family! When the Cheez-its are gone, don’t’ replace them. Easy!
I hope these tips are helpful….go forth and be amazing!