Baby Steps for Transitioning to a Real Foods Diet: Part 1

A few weeks ago I was blessed to share some thoughts on "Nourishing our Families the Traditional Way" at a homeschooling conference in Seattle. My main talk involved 10 baby steps for making the transition. I thought I would, over the course of the next several weeks, share and expound a little on these baby steps.

The first baby step is to Arm Yourself with Support. Before you go dumping out all of your boxes of Mac N Cheese and making sweeping changes over your family's diet, take some time to really "count the cost" of what is involved. Make a commitment to begin the journey, but give yourself ample time to transition!

Partner up with a friend or mentor, if possible, who desires to make this transition as well, or who already has done so. Support can come in the form of a physical "accountability partner" or an online accountability partner. The web is full of resources for recipes, tips, and community discussion.

Purchase Nourishing Traditions, Eat Fat, Lose Fat, The Garden of Eating,or Meals that Heal. Join an online forum such as DiscussingNT.yahoogroups.com, Traditional Foods Forum . Check out the Real Food Media Network.

Find your local chapter leader of the Weston A. Price foundation and get hooked up with a community of other like-minded folks. I was amazed at the wealth of information that was uncovered when I found my local group. They offer classes, resources, and a place to purchase some of those hard-to-find items that go with a traditional diet.

If all else fails, you can feel free to e-mail me: carriethienes [at] hotmail [dot]com for a personal cheerleader and coach!

So, if you are beginning this journey and you'd like to start to the "baby steps", your homework for this week is to seek out at least one of the above resources and spend 20 minutes this week just reading! Check back next week for Baby Step #2!

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Mary Roy said...

I love that you are doing this. It's just what I need. I've been transitioning for a while but run into time constraints. I know enough to not overwhelm myself and try to take baby steps, but your resources and blog will be a huge help to me. Thank you so much.

Carrie @ OrganicThrifty said...

Mary, thank so much for the comment!!! I totally agree because that's how I operate as well! Best to you!


Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

I'm so happy I found your blog! Nourishing Traditions is new to me and I'm in the process of transitioning our family to a more whole foods way of eating.

Alchemille said...

I didn't know about "Meals that Heal" before reading your blog post.
I just ordered a copy, it should make meal plannings easier ;).
Thank you.

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