Making Healthy Changes 101


Healthy Family Food

When we first look at healthy eating and healthy living changes that can be made, it can be so overwhelming that we become overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. I wanted to do this post to help everyone to be encouraged to start on their healthy living journey.

Three Steps to a Healthier Meal Time

  1. The best way to make meals your family already loves more nutritious is to choose organic sustainably raised animal products. By using good quality animal products, your favorites will become higher in omega 3 fatty acids, and will lack the chemicals and hormones associated with conventional animal products.
  2. My next favorite tip is to create a simple dinnertime routine that the entire family looks forward to. A candle burning in the winter, fresh flowers in the summertime, and 20 minutes of happy family time makes everyone more likely to try new foods.
  3. Third, brainstorm what healthy foods the family already likes before going to the grocery store. Then when you get home set aside an hour and do all the prep work needed to make healthy meals go together quickly the following week; slice cucumbers into rounds, hard boil some eggs, have frozen fruit ready for fruit smoothies, slice apples and toss with lemon juice so they are ready to drop in lunch boxes, and add fresh fruit to plain yogurt and portion into single serving containers so they are fast to grab but don’t have added color, sugar or the high price tag of individual packages.

Baby Steps

I always like the slow-and-steady approach, so I would recommend just changing just one or two small things a week. First you could buy grassfed ground beef rather than conventional beef and prepare your fruits and veggies for the lunch boxes after grocery shopping, the next week look for farm fresh eggs near your home and portion out yogurt with fruit for lunches. Next purchase a beautiful candle or flowers for your table and work on having sit-down dinners only a couple nights a week- chances are the children will enjoy it so much that they will start asking to eat together every evening!

Getting our families to eat more whole natural foods and working to make mealtime something to look forward to strengthens families by providing a common shared experience and filling our bodies with the nutrients we need so that the children grow healthily and we all have plenty of energy!

Real Food for Rookies is Opening up!

Real Food for Rookies: This class is for those of you who want to eat more whole foods for the health benefits, but are overwhelmed at the thought of purging your pantry, the fortune you’d pay to buy all organic and sustainable food, and are SURE your children (and maybe husband) will rebel. Kelly actually did this whole food transformation (from the standard American diet to all whole traditional foods) while her children were in elementary and middle school so she has been there/done that advice for those who want to do the same thing. I get asked about this fairly often, “just how DO I get older children to switch to traditional foods without fussing?!’ and to be honest I don’t know! I just don’t have experience in that area, so I’m glad that I can point you to Real Food for Rookies to show you how!

Now, it’s not just for families, you might want an introduction course on why you should be eating full fat dairy, why cereal is, in fact, not heart healthy, and how you can eat real food while not making food preparation into a career or blowing the budget!

If this sounds like something you need, sign up today! Use coupon code REALFOOD for $25 off the whole class through 6/1!

(part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade!)

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  1. Magda says

    These are great tips. I’ve been making changes for it seems like 10 years now!! Going from SAD to WAP/NT to GF to now GAPS – what a journey… I did it one step at a time, one item at a time. Your first step might be changing your cooking oil from canola/vegetable/whatever to lard/coconut/etc. Eventually you should find a local (if possible) source of each. That took me a while to do. I’m now pretty much ‘as good as it will get’. Local pastured meats, little raw dairy, local and/or organic produce, local pastured eggs, local raw honey, etc. There is very little left to improve – either due to money or time (I work outside the home). This was a nice reminder of how far I’ve come!

  2. says

    Hello Cara,
    This is indeed a nice healthier meal guide for our family. I like your tips mentioned. Thanks for sharing. Very nice!

  3. Tamara says

    I just found your site… I’m not even sure how :) We’ve just determined that my husband has some serious health concerns, so I am preparing my whole family to embark on a major major lifestyle change. Your insight and tips are so helpful. Thank you!!!

  4. says

    Cara, you have NO idea how thrilled I was when my daughter (who is preparing to begin the GAPS diet after just moving with their toddler and two dogs to another state to be with her husband before he deploys to Afghanistan) sent me the link to your website! I am a 56 year old ADD sufferer whose husband has Lyme Disease and is currently unable to work. My daughter encouraged me to implement the GAPS diet so after I returned home this weekend, I spent much time reading the book. When I finished I was TOTALLY overwhelmed! Since I am working all day, by the time I get home I have little energy/focus left to go on and what I have has to be spent encouraging a very sick husband. All I have is the weekends, so I felt it would take me forever to implement this diet! When I told my daughter she immediately said she would send me the link to a website from which I could purchase What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Introduction Diet. I cannot even tell you how thrilled I am and blessed by what you have done, I cried when my daughter told me about it (and while composing this email)!!! I am SO grateful for you!!!


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