I have been working at slowly changing my diet/lifestyle in a healthier fashion. I have been interested in becoming vegetarian/vegan for quite some time. My husband is open and supportive of following this as a family. Our kids, well ,they eat what I serve, simply put lol.Thank goodness they already love alot of dishes that have no meat and are not too fussy when it comes to food. I am fortunate that this is so, because it will make this task simpler.
I am Cree and the traditional diet consist of mainly meat. Wild game like goose, fish, and more were all tested to be waaaay healthier than that of modern foods that were introduced in the communities. Native communities have been having health issues related to the modern diet of fast food, processed food and foods high in sugar all resulting in the highest diabetes rate in Canada. The fact that we do not eat the way we used to as much and lived the way we used to (as nomads) that makes our communities riddled with health problems of obesity, heart attacks, diabetes and more. The communities are seeing this issue and trying to get people to become more active and be more health concious. Part of the plan is to encourage to maintain healthier diet for cree by choosing the wild game such as goose(which doctors have proved that the fat is very healthy and even has some healing properties based on its usage in the past by natives) instead of a greasy hamburger or fatty poutines. Traditional meats is an intricate part of our heritage and something we all enjoyed as a family. So the crux of the matter is that this transition will not be easy for us because of this.
Another challenge I find is that it seems somewhat overwhelming for me: Where to start? Concerns of creating a balanced diet, what to buy, where to buy, cost of foods (I am on a limited income and most organic foods seem pricy to me -from my limited knowledge), recipes that will appeal to kids (even though 2 out of three are not fussy at all, there is still a slight challenge there).
I am a good cook, and I love to bake for my kids (and most cakes I bake involve eggs and milk).
So basically after looking at a few links (which I plan to read in detail), I would love to know what's availible to guide me. People to consult with (dietitians & cooks), to teach me, for support, books that I can refer to and recipies that are family friendly. What is a good starting point? Are there some places I could go to for support/help?
I think once I get past this hurdle of "where to start", I know and see us as a family enjoying healthier foods.
Cross posted to vegan_mtl