(I had this post ready to go last week, but just couldn’t manage to put it online. Considering that E’s health was my main roadblock, I feel it is even more appropriate right now!)
This winter has been really tough on us. Tougher then I can remember. We each got our turn of being very sick, and obvsiously, we are not through yet. E is down again with a virus of some kind. Honnestly, I am starting to be a little concerned about him. I am hoping that his immune system just got overload, and that he will be soon well for good.
But this string of bad luck had us reconsider many things regarding our health. Funny how we need to face disaster to change good old habits..
Although we have been a mindful family regarding food for many years now, I think we need to take one step further into better and healthier eating habit.
I had the luck of being able to participate in a very good series of lecture regarding whole food and plant based diet locally during wintertime. This series of lecture made us realize that there was still some room for improvement in our eating habits. But I was overwhelmed a little bit at first on how to get started.
But my luck turned as I found the very good book The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier. After I zipped through both books in record time, I realized that it was all we needed to get ourself started. I found many good recipes, and even a 12 week food plan to put us on the right track. We have slowly been adjusting our diet for the last 2 week or so.
I love how this plan relies on 3 main meals and 3 whole food and nourishing (that are better balanced then what we use to do) snacks through out the day. Since we have started to be more consistent on this, we have had astonishing results with the kids mainly. They are calmer comes nighttime, because I think their need in food have been better taken care of. This is the first change we implemented, and it was well worth the time.
Although we have no intentions of becoming strictly vegan, we are currently including a lot more veganism into our meals. We have seriously cut our consumption of meat in quantity, and upgraded the quality. So far so good. Dairy is also making it’s way out in all its forms: I know this one will be harder to let go of. (thinking good cheese here)
Since we know eating habits are hard to change for kids too, we decided to make this project a family one. We have had extensive talks on the topics with the kids so that they know why we are doing this, we have openly read, planned and discussed this so that they could join the conversation if they wanted to.
X is very interested in the process. He has been looking at labels on packaging since then. He has learn a ton, and I see it made a change in his attitude towards this change. He has even started to lecture us on poorer choices that we made!
M’s implication is more in the kitchen. She wants to know HOW rather then WHY. She has been testing recipies with me and enjoying it. Cooking seems to be something she really enjoys.
I am happy we are taking this turn as a family, and I can just hope that it will help us sail more peacefully through the tough months of winter.
If you are interested in getting more information about The Thrive Diet, all of Brendan’s book are available on amazon, but he also has a very good website packed with information here: thrive forward
Brendan Brazier is a professional Canadian triathlon athlete that decided to go vegan even as an athlete. I never thought this was something possible, but he makes it very real. His story is very inspiring to me, to us, as we are on the path to coming back to a more active life.
(no I am not affiliated in any way in this. Just very happy to have crossed his path!)