Part 3 of this series offers some helpful transition tips and other plant-based resources so you can make the most out of the information found in The China Study!
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Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional. You can read about our personal experience with a plant-based diet, but please know that your experience may be different from ours. You should do your own research before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle especially if you have a health condition.
Here’s what you can expect from each post in this series:
Part 1: Overview of what Dr. Campbell learned during the biggest scientific study of his career, the China Study; what foods to eat and which ones to avoid for long-term health; which diseases and other health problems a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent, halt, and even reverse.
Part 2: Why your doctor hasn’t told you about a whole food, plant-based diet as a solution for your health problems; other reasons you haven’t heard about this research before; why you should read The China Study for your health and your family’s health.
Part 3: Helpful transition tips to get your family on board with a dietary change; plant-based resources to teach you more about the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle; where to find new recipes.
Helpful Transition Tips
If you think your family will balk at the idea of transitioning to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, then you’re probably right. Nobody likes change, so I’m just gonna go ahead and put that out there. But the health rewards are so worth the effort!
Here are some suggestions to make the transition a bit easier.
Take it slow
It’s going to take some getting used to, so don’t expect change to happen overnight. We’re still perfecting our eating habits more than a year since starting our own plant-based diet! Remember that this is a journey. Choose progress over perfection.
Let your family learn with you
For your spouse and older children, let them join you while you’re learning about this new lifestyle. They may be more receptive to the evidence if it’s presented from authoritative sources.
That’s what worked best for me when I was trying to teach Josh about this new lifestyle. He needed to hear the facts from a real scientist, and nothing I could say could compare to his hearing it straight from the source.
Lead by example
When your family sees your improved health, they’ll be more likely to want to join you. This was another tactic that worked well for us. Josh could see that my digestive woes were healed, and he wanted to experience that for himself too.
Let your family choose some new recipes
Get your family involved with the meal planning process. When they get to have a say in what’s for dinner, they feel respected and heard. And since this new lifestyle is going to be a radical shift from what you’re used to preparing, you’ll probably need to find some new recipes.
Let your family browse through recipes with you so they can help pick ones that look good to them. (I’ve got some fantastic recipe resources at the end of this post, so stick around!)
Related Post: Meal Planning Made Simple (plus a free printable!)
Do the best you can
Finally, don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s okay if you aren’t 100% whole food, plant-based. We try to eat as closely to the diet as possible, but we still have treat meals every now and then. (I have a serious sweet tooth, and Josh can’t resist some pasta Alfredo!)
Just remember that the closer to 100% you are, the better your health will be. Do the best you can, and then don’t worry about the rest.
I also want to give you some helpful plant-based resources to help you on this incredible journey. These resources will give you the information you need and some encouragement to help you along the way.
The China Study
Start with The China Study. I highly recommend you start here because this book is going to give you the important, foundational information you need.
And please don’t be intimidated by the scientific nature of the book. Dr. Campbell presents his information in a way that’s entertaining and easy to understand. I could hardly put the book down! I’m not a science person by any stretch of the imagination, yet I absolutely loved the book.
60 Days to Reclaim Your Health
Once you’ve got the basics, check out Hallelujah Diet’s free 60 Days to Reclaim Your Health guide. The Malkmuses are so down to earth and relatable, so I think you’ll enjoy their videos. Their way of eating is very similar to what’s in The China Study, but they also talk about the important health benefits of raw foods and juicing. Their success stories will give you chills!
Another excellent documentary is Cowspiracy. It doesn’t focus as heavily on the health aspects of food, but it does address the environmental implications of the standard American diet. My eyes were glued to the screen the whole time!
These three documentaries are on Netflix as of this writing, but you can also buy them on DVD using the links I just provided.
Lastly, if you’re worried that a whole food, plant-based diet is expensive, read this post:
Wrapping it up
I want to leave you with a word of encouragement: you are not a slave to your sickness.
You don’t have to go through life suffering with whatever illness you’re battling right now. Medications, surgeries, and endless doctor visits are not your lot in life, even though someone may have told that.
YOU have the power to change your health for the better. And it’s up to YOU to decide whether you’re going to do something about it. It won’t be easy, but it will be so worth it.
And remember this: you are not alone on this journey.
You have access to the fantastic resources I mentioned above, and you can always reach out to me personally if you need some help or encouragement. I’m not an expert, but I’m happy to be on this journey with you.
So get rid of whatever it is that’s been holding you back, dive head-first into your new health education, and change your life for the better, my friend! Your only regret will be that you didn’t start sooner.
Other posts in this series:
Part 3 (you’re already here!)
Other posts you may enjoy
- Why We Transitioned to a Plant-based Lifestyle
- How to Win with Your New Healthy Lifestyle
- Cheap Healthy Food: Affordable Options for the Savvy Budgeter
- How to Start a Plant-based Diet: The Ultimate Transition Guide for Beginners
- How Being Healthy Saves You Money: A Personal Case Study
- Plant-based Shopping List: What to Buy When You Follow a Plant-based Diet
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