So I know it’s been quiet here at Uprising Wellness for the past few days, but I’ve been busy learning and working on some stuff.  This weekend led to a big change for myself and my kids.

I’ve known for sometime that I wanted to make some nutrition changes, but I was being wishy-washy as to what I actually wanted to change up.  I know that I can’t go all or nothing, it’s not a healthy mindset for me.

Now I want you to understand that my dietary habits really weren’t all that bad, but there was definite room for improvement.  Then it happened…..

Umm…I have quite a long list of things I want to watch on Netflix so I figured I’d turn some of it on on Friday night while writing up an article for Saturday and working on the Week in Review.

Did I turn on some fluffy background noise movie, uh no of course not.  Instead, I turned on something that would end up being a catalyst for major change.

Let me tell you this is not the first time Netflix has been a catalyst either.  When I was taking nutrition classes I read Food Politics and had to watch Food, Inc.  It changed the way that shopped for food forever.

Well this time it started with Forks Over Knives and ended with Vegucated.

(All four of those movies are on Netflix.)

Yes, I have studied nutrition.

Yes, I knew a lot of this information already.

Yes, I understood the benefits and reasons for veganism.

Sometimes, even though you logically understand the information it hasn’t clicked yet.  But this time it did, it clicked in a big way.

So I’ve done a nutrition overhaul.  And introduced this idea to my kids who are kind of along for the ride.

My older two get it completely and agree with the reasons to go vegan-ish.  (Hold that question for just a second, I’ll get there.)

I decided against showing my younger two kids Vegucated as it’s a little graphic in a small section.  I’m afraid it might traumatize the youngest, honestly.

Instead I explained to the two oldest why I was choosing to go vegan at home, but if we are out or they are at school they can still have whatever they choose within reason.  Kitty I gave the rated G version.

The reason I let my children decide (for the most part) what they want to eat is because I don’t want them to have a negative relationship with food.  I’ve always explained things to them so they can make their own choices.

Now this definitely does not mean that they can go wild and eat candy for dinner, but if I make something that they don’t want to eat there are usually leftovers in the fridge they can choose.  Or worse comes to worse there’s organic, low sugar cereal or PB&J with fruit.

I also take the non-extremist approach with myself.  As I said earlier, all or nothing does not work very well for me.  Plus, I know that once a month my iron levels get really low and I choose to use food rather than a supplement.  And of course I have to find a  vegan chocolate, which I don’t truly crave all that often, but just in case.

This is why I would consider the eating plan I’ve decided to use as vegan-ish.  It’s mostly vegan, but I’m not going to drive myself crazy scrutinizing every single thing I put in my mouth either.

Anyway, in case you’re wondering my youngest is absolutely on the anti-vegan rant right now, but she’s 8 and my pickiest eater.  I think she’ll come around, but only time will tell.  There might be a lot of PB&J’s in her future.

I’ll tell you tomorrow about a few ways I’m working on getting the kids to enjoy a new eating style.  And how I’m working on convincing Kitty that vegan-ish is a good thing.

Any advice on changing your eating pattern?  Which brand of vegan chocolate you love?  How to get kids to actually adopt a new eating style without meltdowns?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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