Cue the Mindset Makeover
We've heard it all. And while we never judge our friends for having no interest in eating healthier, we just plain don't understand it. But we do understand the emotion and psychology behind their resistance, which is why we focus so much on mindset. Here are some of our favorites, and our take on these mindset traps.
"This probably won't be worth it."
Imagine if you said that to your Dentist after they suggest brushing twice a day. A little daily maintenance goes a long way in promoting proactive health, and each time we put the fork in our mouths we actively choose to give our bodies fuel that heals and support us, or we don't. When we choose food-like substances that are harmful and toxic, our body still has to process them, when the only thing it wants to do is keep us in balance so we can thrive.
"It will definitely be more expensive."
Last time we checked, local and in season produce, beans and legumes, and even tofu, were at the very bottom of the list of goods that have gone up in price. Not only is a plant-based pantry a more inexpensive one, it's lighter on the planet too.
"I won't be able to eat any of my favorite foods."
Let us just say this - if this food wasn't downright delicious, we wouldn't eat it. Like a defiant toddler objecting to eating anything green. And we certainly wouldn't be sharing it at Chef Lauren's Table. In our kitchen, we're total food and flavor snobs, so trust us when we say that you might not miss your current favorite as much as you think. We never restrict, because we believe in free choice to eat what you'd like. We just know that we can take just about any family favorite and plant-ify it.
"I'll only get to eat salad, and I'll have to eat tofu."
If that was all we were eating, we'd be so miserable. We know that life is short, so we believe in eating and sharing food that brings joy and flavor to every mouth. We've been practicing long enough now that tofu and salad do actually bring us joy, but if you're not there yet, just be patient. It will only be a matter of time that your body starts to adjust to a cleaner diet. And then you might actually crave a salad...can you imagine that?
"My family will definitely not be supportive."
Depends on how you sell it. If you said something like, "It's important to me to eat healthier so I can be here and healthy for your future grandkids," your kids might be more receptive to such a lovely idea. Or something like "When we retire, I want to be able to travel like we've talked about - without any mobility restriction. And what I've learned about a plant-based lifestyle could be really supportive of that." What ever conversation you need to have with the people you share a home with, we're here to help make it a comfortably productive one.
We also encourage our students to focus on themselves first. It definitely helps to have a spouse/partner or child on board with you. Bonus points if you can hook them into the prepping and cooking with you. But in case they're not there just yet, we'll provide strategies and tricks so you don't accidentally become a short-order cook, because we know that you definitely do not have time for that!