You know that scene from “Braveheart” where Mel Gibson is rallying up the troops:
They can take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!
Yeah, well replace the last word “freedom” with “bread” and you’ve got a line my wife would probably use. Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife, but she is a grain-o-holic.
Going No-Grain solo can be challenging. Convincing family to be No-Grain Converts can be even more challenging. By family, I am mostly referring to spouse/significant other – but children, parents, and siblings all fit this criteria as well. There are a few ways others can be approach to show them the light.
OK, lets say you decided to go No-Grain - congratulations. You are skeptical at first, of course, and you go through about 2 weeks of Gain-Withdrawal, but once you get past that you feel great. So far, so good. Now its time to tell your significant other that its time for them to get their act together and get on board. The first reaction is to beg, plead, scream, or yell at them. You have no idea why they won’t listen to you. You get frustrated and storm off. This probably happens several more times before you wave the white flag and give up – your family member is hopeless. You’ve forgotten the addictive powers of grains.
Another approach is more indirect. Go No-Grain, get past the grain-withdrawal, then use every opportunity to show off your new-found energy and brag about the weight that has come off. Rub it in their face, show them what they’re really missing. This may serve to make them so envious that they cave-in and join you, or it could backfire and lead to a bigger rift between you.
The best approach is patience and subtlety. Announce to your family that you’re going No-Grain (for which their response will either be horrified or a polite “that’s nice, honey”). Make a brief proposal to your family on how you came to see the light and how you plan to go about it. Then don’t bring it up again. Let the results speak for themselves. When they are ready to make the change, they will approach you for more information (don’t forget to tell them about this site!).
For me, it was the increased energy and 30lb weight-loss that “wowed” my family. I managed to convert my sister (though she is not fully committed yet, but its a start) and my mom is seriously considering the prospect. My wife still needs a little work. When she converts (not if, when) you’ll hear about it here.
Good luck and be sure to share your conversion story in the comments section.