I grew up in Alaska and learned some really valuable lessons in self-sufficiency. My father added his own emphasis to the importance of handling things on my own. So to this day, I try to do things on my own and can find it difficult to ask for help.
However, I’ve also learned that sometimes asking for support and help is actually the smarter and stronger choice, rather than stubbornly muddling through on my own.
This past year has been a very steep learning curve for my husband, Charlie, and me. When we decided we wanted to share our life-saving message of eating a healthy plant-based diet with a broader community than we could serve with only live classes, the challenges began! Now, instead of just figuring out how to pack our kitchen into our little Prius to take our cooking classes on the road, we are figuring out how to package and deliver our information and support online. As with most things, there are MANY things that need to happen behind the scenes to make it all work.
Most of the time, we struggled on our own, but I want to share an instance when we actually hired some help, and how totally valuable that has been to us!
One example is this website. Although we had a website before, we needed to create a new one to reflect the changes we were making. We decided to “upgrade” to a different web-based program, and then our struggles began. Charlie was a pro with our old program, but this one is totally different!
I floundered around trying to build the website for about a week, and got nowhere. Then Charlie took over the floundering job for a couple more weeks. We still didn’t have a website that we liked, and not having a decent website when you’re offering online programs is like being homeless in the digital world!
So I sheepishly decided it was time to ask for help. I got a referral from someone I trusted, contacted Susan, and immediately recognized that our lives were about to dramatically change for the better! We told Susan what we wanted, and in a very short time she had everything done, and added her own expertise to the design. We loved it!
Why didn’t we do that sooner?! What it cost to hire help was a drop in the bucket compared to the value we received. What was expensive was the amount of time Charlie and I both spent, our frustration and feelings of helplessness, and the lack of results we got before getting help.
So, this got me thinking. How can I better support you? How can my own experience and expertise help you succeed in changing your diet and lifestyle so you can lose your extra weight and keep it off, and reverse your health problems — permanently? How can I help reduce your feelings of frustration and helplessness?
Those of you who have taken classes from me in person know that I’m passionate about wanting to help you succeed.
I know some people find it relatively easy to make permanent changes in their diets after simply learning the reasons why, and getting some basic cooking skills under their shrinking belt.
But I think these people are in the minority. What I’ve heard from most of you is that you love the food, you really want to succeed in changing your diet, and you start seeing positive results quickly. BUT, after the class ends, you gradually slip back into old patterns, and before long you find your weight going back up, along with your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.
Of course, you don’t want this to happen! And neither do I! So I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to provide ongoing support to help you stay on track until your new way of eating is just as easy to follow as your old way has been.
You’ll notice that there is a new tab at the top of the page called “Personal Coaching.” There is a brief video explaining the program on that page, and more information below it. Please check it out. It might be what you need to help you follow through and stay on track with your own desires to eat healthfully.
Of course, there are other ways to get support. Reading books, watching videos, attending vegan potlucks, and finding a buddy that wants to commit to this way of eating with you are all really helpful. But sometimes, professional help and support are invaluable.
I’d love for you to share ways you’ve gotten support for your healthy diet — or share how you’ve felt about not being able to stick with your desire to eat healthfully. You are NOT alone. There are many of us in this movement toward a healthier diet, and we can all support each other!