Switching Diet Takes More Than Personal Commitment

Switching to a healthy diet isn’t easy. Not only does it require one’s commitment and willingness to change, but it also takes a collective and cooperative effort to make it a success if we are living under one roof with our family.

Humans are habitual creatures. When we are used to certain type of routine, we don’t want to change it until particular circumstance requires us to do so. For decades, my family’s diet has been made up of predominantly MSG flavored stir-fry. By consuming excessive oil for stir-fry and flavored preservatives, not only do we feel lazy and stuffed after each and every meal, but some members of the family also, inevitably, have developed high blood pressure and frequent headache.

To revamp a family diet in a short period amount of time is impossible. To persuade the older generation to adopt new way of thinking and eating is even harder. In situation as such, what we can do firstly is to take care of ourselves by being personally committed to switching to a healthier diet. With time, once other family members notice the positive results that we show by taking on a healthier new diet, they’ll be more likely to be open to a different way of living and eating.

Published by Robbie's Blog

I am a third-culture person who's navigating his way around Hong Kong and beyond. Come join me on this rollercoaster ride.

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