There are 3 ingredients that make eating Raw Vegan food more appealing to transitioning mamas, hubbies and kids: raw sugars, raw oils and sea salt. It is time for me to decrease my family’s consumption of all 3.
1. Prepare food with less sugar.
- use less raw sweeteners all together
- use more fruit (fresh or dried) to replace sweeteners
- omit any unnecessary sugars all together in Green Smoothies.
Note: I have been successful this past week in serving my boys their favourite Pooh Bear Smoothie without additional dates AND with another handful of greens without complaints!
2. Prepare food with less oils.
- use less extra virgin olive oil in salads
- use more flax seed oil to replace extra virgin olive oil in salads to increase our Omega 3 intake.
3. Prepare food with less salt.
- simply decrease our intake of salt by using less of it. While my general rule is to add 1 tsp sea salt for every 1 pound of food, I want to decrease this to 3/4 tsp.
There are 2 ingredients that have made the transition into a Vegan Diet much easier for my husband and son: soy and wheat, which has given them the texture and heaviness of animal products they have craved. These are the 2 ingredients I struggle with the most because of the GMO’s in soy and the gluten in wheat.
4. Avoid soy and other GMOs.
The contamination of organic products with genetically modified counterparts are increasing, as they are inevitable. This is scary. Now I just have to figure out what to do when preparing Asian fare without Nama Shoyu?
5. Avoid wheat.
- eliminate all wheat
- then substitute with spelt (although it contains gluten, people with wheat allergies and not gluten allergies, can tolerate spelt)
- then continue to experiment with and use home-milled gluten-free flours from now on. Here’s how to substitute for wheat with other grains.
Supplementing a Family’s Vegan Diet is important!
6. A continued search for fantastic food-based vitamin supplements for:
- other B vitamins
7. Continue to exercise better.
My husband is an Exercise Scientist and an Athlete. Last month, he got me to row 120,000 meters. I think that is more exercise than I have ever done in my entire life. And I don’t think I have ever felt as physically well as I do today! And yet, I took a physical test yesterday that placed me below average for my age range in cardiovascular strength… I was sorely disappointed, but I guess I have a lot of room for improvement in this department!
One with Nature
8. Make more time to be outdoors.
My family’s days are not complete anymore if there isn’t at least half an hour each day outdoors, rain or shine. I/We want more!
What are your and your family’s New Year’s Resolutions for this coming year?