The idea of turning to plant-based foods dawned upon you, and you gave it a shot. On paper, it made great sense- helped you reduce risk of heart ailments, diabetes, weight problems and even reverse certain chronic diseases. You tried your hand at it, and you started to reap benefits. You started to feel energetic, your blood pressure went down and your jeans fit you better. Having plant-based meals over the standard diet was starting to pay off!
However, there is one startling problem- your family or spouse may not be on board with the idea. They can miss out on the cheesy pizzas, the thanksgiving dinners. What should a plant eater such as yourself need to do when only meat eaters are around? Should you force the diet on them? Probably not the smart thing to do. Here are some pointers to help you out:
Don’t Make It A Big Deal, Because It Isn’t
Connect, love and stay joyous. Don’t even think about getting into an argument on why you should go plant-based. Instead, listen to what they have to say, and be ready to be the bigger person if things don’t go your way.
Share Delicious Plant-Based Recipes
Once you have begun your plant-based journey, you will be loaded with plant-based recipes. Make your own healthy take on family dinners and add in your dishes to it. Chances are that the pack of omnivores in your house might take a bite or two, and like it.
Be Ready to listen
If they want to get something off their chest, then that is perfectly fine. They may find your dietary choices to be ‘childish’ or pointless, but all you need to do is to walk them through calmly- that too, if they are ready to listen.
Your Family May Be 50% Plant Based Already
Take a few minutes with a pen and paper, and make a list of the plant-based foods that your family eats as part of their normal everyday meal cycle: apples, pasta, grilled veggies, tea, toast, oatmeal, and bowl of leafy greens. Add to this soups, spaghetti, potatoes and pulses. You will quickly come to realize that your family doesn’t eat as much meat as your thought to be the case. You will have something to build upon, when you serve your findings to the family. When you are making a meal, you can serve those items more, and your family will be more open to the idea of going plant-based. Even if they aren’t, that is completely fine.