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Step 2 on How to Transition to New Ways of Eating

Step 2: Identify your support team. Have you ever heard about the “critter brain”? Any time we embark on something new, this part of our brain cuts on and says, “Oh, I don’t know about this”. It is there to protect you, but it also could be that voice in your head that talks you out of something new that you want to incorporate into your life.

Therefore, having a support team is helpful to shut this down when it appears! Answering the following questions may be helpful to find your team.

  • How might this transition benefit the people closest to me?

  • Who in my life can I ask to support this transition?

  • What kind of specific support do I want?

  • Is there anything I need to let go of in order to ask for support?

We need to be able to ask for support but also know what that looks like. For example, if you are trying to go meatless and someone else in your house does the shopping, you may tell them what you are trying to do and ask them to get some other things for you and provide them a list.

Or, you may not eat the same thing at dinner as some other members of the family. Ask them to support you by saying, “I’m doing this because I think it might benefit my health. If I feel good, then I’m going to be a better support person for everyone here in our house.”

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