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Find Your People

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A few years ago, my husband and I decided we wanted to live life just a little bit slower. Even though we were living in the suburbs, every day just felt a little too fast paced for us.

So what did we do? Something kind of extreme for some people.

We sold our home and moved out to a very rural area of South Carolina. We are surrounded by farms and cotton fields, and the closest grocery store is almost 30 minutes away.

This was not an easy decision, but we wanted to give "country living" a try. We knew life would no longer be convenient, but we were willing to give it a shot.

Along with having to find new ways to shop for our healthy food, go to church, and go to necessary regular appointments (dentist, haircuts, you know that kind of stuff), we also wanted to make new local friends. Not just for ourselves, but for our kids, too.

This scared me a bit. With my views on eating and nutrition being quite different from other people, I'm always a bit fearful of getting ridiculed, or being called "weird" for the way my family and I eat.

Yes, even me! I am extremely confident in my views and in myself, and yet I still have many fears around this whole healthy eating thing.

So if I feel this way... someone who does this for a living and is extremely passionate about it... then I can definitely understand what it feels like for others to fear that rejection when embarking on a new health journey.

So what is a new healthy eater to do?

No one wants to go to work, family gatherings, parties, and other events only to experience ridicule because of the food choices they make. That just doesn't feel good, nor does it help you stay strong when it's so hard to make good choices.

The only way I have found to overcome these challenging situations is to "find your people," and by that I mean, find your support group.

That is not an easy task, especially when you're new to the whole healthy eating thing. But I promise you it is possible. There are more of us out there than you may think, no matter where you live or where you work (yes, even in the rural south where fried foods seem to be at the top of everyone's dinner list).

What are some ways you can find your people?

1. Find online groups, meet ups, and health organizations.

Find People Online

At the risk of sounding like my grandmother, isn't the Internet amazing??? I know there are many people who complain about how much time we all spend on the Internet, but when used for its intended purpose, it is incredible! I have met many other healthy moms in local online forums that I then had the please to meet in person. No need to be shy or "embarrassed" that you're looking for supportive friends online. If your old friends are guzzling down the soda and potato chips, you don't have to ditch them, but it may be time to find a few new friends who share, or at least support, your passion for healthy living.

2. Visit local gyms, and try group workouts.

Group classes like CrossFit, boot camps, Pure Barre, Barre Evolution, and many different forms of Yoga have all become wonderful places to find friendly, supportive people in a group environment. Some people even joke that they are all a bit "cultish" at times (and I mean that in the best way possible) where many of these groups sport their group t-shirts, enjoy monthly events, and have regular competitions.

Find Your Workout People

3. Remember that where there is one, there are bound to be more.

I found this to be true when it comes to more than just working out. Recently I started homeschooling my boys and I made one really good friend in the area that also homeschools. Well, she had a ton of other homeschooling mommy friends that are just as nice as she is and all so happy to help a newbie homeschooling mom like me. I have found this to be the same when you find that ONE healthy friend. She or he most likely has some other healthy friends and would be happy to bring you into their group.

So don't be shy! It's actually been proven that talking to like-minded people will increase your odds of success.

Are you ready to find your people? Join us in the Beyond Diet community! »

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Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       13 posts
  1. Balance   
       10 posts
  1. Parenting   
       4 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       3 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       2 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       0 posts

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