It’s all well and good planning and prepping for the cleaneating challenge when preparing meals for just you …
motivation at its highest point just before any challenge!!
…. Sometimes though, even more challenging, is the rest of the family during the challenge… They often expect the usual food that has been on the menu, and this may not always hit the mark with cleaneating requirements!!
So you have 3 options as i see it.
#1 Enforce your plan on everyone!!
…. That means announce that the whole family is eating clean with you!! (prob have your running shoes on and prepare to be chased to the hills!)
#2. Put the energy into YOUR plan and dish up fast oven pizzas / frozen food dinners for the rest of the posse!!
#3. Try to pre – plan with all tastes taken into account and make meals that have adaptability and need many of the same ingredients …. Including lots of doubling up on fresh meals that can be frozen and repeated the next week.
So which option do I use?
Honestly….. Probably a mixture of all three!!
Overall my family eat healthier for sure when I add an awareness to my own eating.
Heres my top tips for managing such a challenge!!
1. Don’t announce !!
…. that you are going to be eating differently and definately don’t preach the benefits of Clean eating!! (you ll either get mega support with everyone wanting to help in the Kitchen … I mean waaaay more help than you can manage)
You ll get a complete negative reaction, and you ll feel your swimming against the tide just making the process a lot more work than needs be!
Yes do out a mealplan. Base it on the level of family activity in the house on different days. Have the provisions for lots of family favourite meals, so that you can keep energy for the personal challenges you may encounter on your clean eating challenge.
3. Build curiosity!
Although this challenge is ultimately about you…. You will attract questions, and kids will often express interest, which allows for conversations around appropriate simple changes they can get on board with.
4. Dont expect to reach expectations!! It’s often way more effective to take on simple changes and incremental steps towards eating healthier, than an all or nothing approach that often feeds our nature to be hard on ourselves! Change is often a rollercoaster, and sometimes undertaking cleaneating can ignite a detox that can feel unpleasant, and get ready for mood swings when reducing stimulants such as sugar and caffeine!
5. Know this....
If you even adopt one healthier change and sustain it longterm…. It will have a positive influence on yr overall health!!
Don’t have a success / failure atitude… Its not a diet!!…. You will however increase awareness and make the start to positive health changes… Each time adding new changes and growing your awareness of eating wholefood … Long term change!!
Im in the middle of a cleaneating challenge and share my foodplan and challenges along the way ….
Tonight i dished up homemade pizzas for the Kids … We shared homemade chunky oven chips, and i made ratatouille to go with my chips!!
Veggie ratatouille… Clean .. tasty Mmmm …. Jamie Oliver recipe for ratatouille here
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