1. Believe in yourself
Believe that you can do it. Whether that is run a business, learn to cook, learn to love veggies, teach your kids to love veggies. It is all possible. But it all starts with your believing you can. When you serve dinner, assume that everyone will eat it, or at least try it. And if they don't, then believe that they will tomorrow.
2. Find your passion
When it comes to eating healthy food this comes naturally to me. Sometimes I may even be a little too passionate (is there such a thing?). Our kids are our future and we need to raise healthy eaters so that they can shine now and in the future. Raise sustainable, health conscious individuals who value their health and the health of their planet. Who realise that when you feed your body healthy foods (most of the time), your body will have more energy, be able to concentrate and think better and be less likely to develop lifestyle diseases. This is all true for yourself too. Be passionate about your own health. Whatever you do and whoever you are, feed your body well, you deserve it!
This passion drives me to cook when I'm tired. Drives me to keep offering "least favourite" foods at dinner times (with favourites too).
3. Never give up
Ever! Never give up cooking healthy meals, never give up offering your kids veggies (even if they claim to hate them), never give up trying new foods yourself! Never give up aiming to fill your plate with half veggies. Never give up slowly eating more whole foods and less highly packaged foods. You will never get there if you give up. You have so much to gain!
4. Don't accept no for an answer!
If you get a "no" I don't want to eat/try that, try again tomorrow or the next day. You may get a no to mashed pumpkin but try pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, roast pumpkin and keep trying till you get a yes. If you tell yourself "no I can't cook" you never will try and learn! I've made plenty a disastrous meal in my time.
Both Amanda and my husband say when it comes to sales "keep calling until you get the sale", well keep offering until you get the sale! And keep trying different foods yourself. If you are not a competent cook, just keep trying!
5. Hard work
People have dreams and aspirations but when people achieve those visions it is through hard work! Sometimes cooking and washing dishes is hard work, thinking of what to cook each week is draining, serving dinner and it not being eaten is hard. Learning to cook can be hard. But good things come to those who work hard! When you have the believe and the passion, it's easier to cope with the hard work.
Believe, be passionate, never give up, don't except no for an answer and work hard and you will achieve....