It can be tough to change what you eat when you don’t feel supported by your loved ones. Start by being open and talking to your family about the choices you’re making for yourself and why it’s important for you. Leave it up to them whether or not they want to make shifts in their food choices. You can’t control other people’s choices, but you can control your own. Here are some strategies to incorporate multiple preferences during meal time:
- Experiment with making new versions of your favorite family meals that are more plant-based. Try adding more vegetables to a dish, swapping meat for beans or lentils, substituting almond milk for dairy, etc. Here are some more tips on how to make your favorite meal plant-based: https://www.getbetter.io/all-articles/2019/8/20/upgrade-your-favorite-meal
- Create a “build your own” meal bar. Set out a variety of ingredient options for a particular dish and allow everyone to make their own with whatever ingredients they would like. For example: build your own tacos, salads, pasta bowls, wraps or sandwiches, oatmeal, etc.
- Focus on shared likes: Rather than thinking about the things that people don't like, consider what ingredients or dishes are enjoyed by everyone and how you can incorporate them into a dish. Many dishes that your family already enjoys together may actually be plant-based or can easily be made plant-based with a few simple substitutions.
- While it can be challenging to eat differently than others, remember why you are choosing this for yourself. If your family sees that the changes you’ve made are having a positive impact on your life, they may become more supportive and might even be willing to try some new things themselves.