Welcome to my new blog, Fit Mom Frahm! I’m kicking off this new adventure with an online accountability group, clean eating challenge week. This means I will provide a meal plan, grocery list, tips, personal coaching, and support throughout the duration of the coming week.
The purpose of this challenge is to show you how much you can accomplish in one week, how much better you can feel when you make a few changes, and how much easier it is to stick to those changes when you have a group of people cheering you on!
So often in our culture, food is the center of our social life. We get together over dinner, our holidays are preceded by hours if not days of baking and food preparation, every office party or birthday comes with the guarantee of sugary treats, and every vacation brings us a new reason to treat ourselves.
We all love food, no one can deny that! But the problem arises when you decide to make a change for the sake of your health, and you are almost treated as if you have done something offensive. When you start saying “no” to the food you once devoured, sometimes friends and family take that rejection personally.
When I decided to give up refined sugars before my first pregnancy, it was a struggle to get my family to accept that I was serious, and it was a long time before I stopped being pressured into partaking in food that I was somehow just expected to eat.
These friends and family mean well, but change can be hard, even when that change does not directly affect you. Especially when it goes against what we consider normal or expected in our society.
So what can you do to set yourself up for success, and avoid this kind of confrontation?
First, you want to start by being completely honest. When I decided to make the change into clean eating, I was shy about it, and ended up accepting gifts of food that I wouldn’t eat, or sipping on sugary drinks given to me because I didn’t have the heart to say, “no thank you”. I could have saved myself and my friends a lot of trouble by just being honest from the start. Not only will you find less resistance by setting out your intentions, but you will also create a good reason to keep going!
Second, invite your loved ones to join you! As I mentioned before, nothing brings people together like food. Why not make that food nutritionally dense, filling, and delicious? You might be surprised by who decides to join you, and I can almost guarantee that through your journey to health together, you will naturally form a stronger bond of friendship! Just remember, change is hard, so don’t be upset or pushy if they decline.
I hope you guys have fun with this week of growth and education! Don’t be afraid to come to me with any questions you have about the meal planning or any other concerns you have, that’s why I’m here! I’m so excited for you all, let’s see what we can do in just one week!
Cheers to your health!
Fit Mom Frahm ~ Amber