Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
I am going to start my kids raw tomorrow. It is going to be hard since they are boys and hate veggies. I'm scared but this needs to be done. My youngest is adopted from Korea and has speech and cognitive itssues. He has eaten a specialized diet since his arrival 4.5 years ago (at age 1). I believe that his issues would be worse if I didn't have him on a low allergen diet. I am hoping that going raw will really help him more but I don't know how to go about this. I am raw but I am also very happy to eat smoothies and salad all day. Now I will need to learn to be creative and how to deal with the public and all the crap that is thrown into our faces daily. NOt to mention dealing with the school once that starts up. I really could use help and suggesttions on how to best deal with this and how to get my boys to embrace their new way of living.
I suggest making RAW fun! Let them help you! Make them some raw sweets and munchies...that will win them over. Do things gradually. Do not take away everything they like that is SAD.
Green Smoothies and Fruit Smoothies with hidden greens would be a great place to start! : )
My special needs son, Elliott lives and thrives on Green Smoothies!
My youngest (9yo) is resistant to smoothies. We play "Mad Scientist" sometimes (the rule is you have to drink it).... so we use mainly fruit at the moment. Another thing that helps is one day we were at the grocery store and they had some cute shot glasses (a pack of 4, all different colors) as an impulse item in the juice aisle. She thought those were so cute! So we came up with this idea: it holds a small amount of smoothie or other raw food items.... she has to try that amount (no complaining, LOL). Cutesy -- but it helps! Sometimes you can go to Goodwill and find cute cups or dishes that make things special/fun, too. And if the boys can pick their own, it might make it fun for them.
Try "build your own" meals.... you choose the main item -- maybe even transitional items, with various raw toppings they can add:
* baked potato with selections of raw toppings
* rice (ditto)
* raw ice cream frozen blended fruit (with fun fruit toppings, coconut, etc)
* make your own fruit leather
* raw zucchini noodles (have them help make them!), with your favorite topping, even their favorite SAD spaghetti topping for now -- get them used to the noodles first! :)
Also let them "play" with their food: veggie faces on a tortilla, pita or lettuce wrap..... maybe faces pressed into dehydrated raw pizza crusts, crackers or breads. Or try cutting the raw veggies into fun shapes -- there are lots of things on the web about tomato and radish flowers, carrot slice butterflies, etc
Hope some of these help!