Can Friends and Family Sabotage Your Diet? Set Boundaries: Don’t Let Others Sway You From Eating Healthy

March 07, 2017 by Kathleen Renner, L.C.S.W.
An obstacle often encountered in the journey to healthy eating is family and friends, who, perhaps while well meaning, can sabotage one’s resolve. “A little cake won’t hurt,” or “don’t be such a downer,” can demean your efforts and can deter your good intentions. Whether family members or friends, they may feel threatened by your changing lifestyle and attempt to disrupt your new Nutritarian diet. I refer to these people as saboteurs or food bullies.
The answer is to be confident in yourself and your goals and set boundaries to what is acceptable from others and what is not.
Why is setting boundaries so important? Personal boundaries protect our individual interests and shield us against harmful influences. Learning how to create healthy boundaries is a critical social skill. Finding a balanced approach, however, is essential because it’s important not to ruin otherwise good relationships. When we learn how to create boundaries from a place of self-love and wisdom, it serves us well. Setting clear personal boundaries is key to ensuring relationships are mutually respectful, caring, and supportive. Boundaries are a measure of self-esteem and they help set limits for acceptable behavior from those around you. Establishing healthy boundaries helps empower you to make healthy choices, feel respected and understood. Otherwise, not setting such boundaries often is fraught with fear of rejection or abandonment.
The key to boundaries is consistency. People in your life are used to you being a certain way, when you change, often you will encounter resistance. It’s important to continue to stick to boundaries even when entrenched in your new healthy lifestyle.


HOW TO SET BOUNDARIES:
•COMMUNICATE: I highly recommend sitting down with family and friends and letting them know you have started a new health journey. Ask for their support and help. Don’t be defensive or accusing, just ask for their understanding during this transitional time.
SET PHYSICAL BOUNDARIES: If your family is unwilling to change their eating lifestyle, insist on separate kitchen space for your food. Out of sight and out of mind is key. Tell them not to offer you SAD foods and to be respectful about eating foods not acceptable in your healthy diet in front of you, especially in the beginning of your transition. Many people will be very interested in this new life change and want to know more. This may make you feel defensive, but never get into a debate or try to justify yourself to anyone. Simply stating that you are excited about your new journey is enough. If people have questions, answer them, but do not get stuck in a cross examination or argument.
GIVE A HEADS- UP: If people typically tend to serve or bring you SAD foods on special occasions, reach out to them in advance and say you are on a special diet that restricts these foods, but you would love to see them!
BE CONSISTENT: You set the tone for your new lifestyle. If you are wishy-washy about it and are not consistent, people will not take you seriously.

Your success is up to you!

Homemade Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

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THERE ARE ONE-THOUSAND REASONS . . .
To try this recipe. These days, store brands usually contain notoriously unhealthy ingredients – GMO soybean or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup and natural flavors to same a few – but no fear! It’s incredibly simple to make at home, and oh-so-much tastier, too.
INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup Grapeseed oil Vegenaise
• 2 tablespoons organic ketchup
• 1 tablespoon Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
• 2 teaspoons organic maple syrup or raw honey
• 2 tablespoons relish or chopped pickles
• 2 tablespoons finely minced white onion
• ⅛ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
• ⅛ teaspoon pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more relish if desired.

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“Our fast ‘food” display is now 7 years old

The word food is questionable, since the bread-like and meat-like substances have not molded or spoiled in any way. Bugs won’t even bother with it. Please think twice about giving this to your kids. You have a choice, but they don’t. We truly are what we eat.”
Eat to live not live to eat!!!!

Teresa Jones a Eating Coach and Author discuss how she went from a size 14 to a size 4.

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LeRoy White Healing, Health and Wellness Center: Talks about the Kangen water, herbs and Yoder Apple Cider

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New Soap Line

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On January 2nd we will launch our Soap product line.
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We believe in natural and organic ingredients because we manufacture and sell products that cater to the largest organ of the human body—the Skin.

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New Year, New You, Time to Invest and Time to Transform

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IN 2017 you have our permission:
To go for it.
To reach for the stars.
To stick to it.
To hold that door.
To go the extra mile.
To expect the best.
To return rudeness with love.
To love the unlovely.
To help the helpless.
To enjoy some quiet time.
To write a gratitude list.
To hug for one second longer.
To cry a tear over a good memory.
To tell a friend, “I love you.”
To tell a child, “You are a winner!”
You have OUR permission.
We can’t thank you enough for all the support you have blessed us with.

You Have Our Heartfelt Thanks and A Bless 2017

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2016 was great for many yet, very hard for others. Whichever it was for you, we’re believing the answer to your prayers—the promises of God—are on their way to meet you in 2017.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
—Isaiah 43:18-19

May you live by faith, not fear as you enter into your best year yet!
We can’t thank you enough for all the support you have blessed us with.

Avoid The Holiday Death Aisle This Year And Beyond!

hd-dealthIf you do one thing this holiday season – avoid what we call “The Holiday Death Aisle” at the supermarket and discount drug stores. That aisle is filled with brightly colored JUNK made with bleached and heavily processed flour, artificial colors derived from petroleum, nasty preservatives, GMO refined white sugars, GMO oils, and the absolute worst ingredients you can put in food. I KNOW PEOPLE SAY “IT TASTE SO GOOD”!!! BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS: “HOW DOES IT EFFECTS YOUR BODY’?

This is no way to celebrate the holidays and food manufacturers know they can get away with selling you the cheapest ingredients during this time of year because they can tap into the nostalgia of the holiday season and the idea that “it’s just once a year” – but really, it’s ALL YEAR. Almost immediately after they clear the Halloween candy from their shelves, grocery stores stock up on Christmas candy and all the fast food places come out with “holiday drinks” … and then comes Valentine’s Day… and then Easter… and it just keeps going in an endless cycle of toxic seasonal treats.

I’m JUST saying EAT TO LIVE AND NOT LIVE TO EAT!!!