Q. How long will it take me to transition to a Green Lifestyle?
A. It’s different for each client. It depends on how many changes you want to make and what level of green you want to achieve. You can choose both the level and the pace that are comfortable for you. Or take a big leap beyond your comfort zone! Whatever level of change you strive for, we will guide you through it and support you every step of the way.
Q. Will I have to give up all my favorite foods to have a Green Lifestyle?
A. Not necessarily. There are now more natural* and even organic versions of most foods we all enjoy. For certain foods it might mean less eating out and more food preparation in your own kitchen. Most people who make the change, though, tend to lose their taste for highly processed foods. Nothing tastes as good as the real thing, but you never know how true that is until you’ve tasted it!
Q. I’m concerned that changing my lifestyle in this way will handicap me, socially. Can I still eat in restaurants and at other people’s homes?
A. It’s not what we consume on occasion that we need be concerned about, but what we consume on a daily basis. Unless you have extreme chemical sensitivities, go out with family and friends, eat and enjoy! We can also teach you how to make greener selections from a restaurant menu (though, unfortunately, most fast food establishments, chain restaurants and delis have no “greener” options). In the Los Angeles area, as well as in and around other major cities, many high end eateries have some more natural* as well as some sustainable and organic offerings on their menus. There is even a fast food chain in California that serves sustainable, and organic foods! In any case, moderation is always a good rule of thumb!
Q. Why do I need to hire someone to teach me how to live green? Can’t I make changes and find green products on my own?
A. Adopting an authentically Green Lifestyle requires considerable knowledge and information that the average consumer simply does not have and cannot quickly or easily find. You certainly can do it on your own, but it would involve a considerable investment of your time and effort, as well as the patience and tenacity to navigate a very steep learning curve. Only you can determine if it’s best to attempt it on your own, but sometimes it’s best to call in the experts!
Q. Won’t it be expensive for me to go through the learning process with you and to buy healthier products?
A. It comes down to a choice as to where to spend your money. What do you value? What will benefit you in the long run? Our clients see our fees, along with some increase in their monthly grocery costs, as an investment in their health and future. Living green is a preventive measure that may result in fewer co-pays for doctor visits, medicines, surgeries, and hospital stays–both in the near and distant future. Spend more now, save a lot more later–and not just money! You must decide if it’s worth it to you.
Q. I’m so used to living a certain way that I go through a lot of my daily activities by rote, including shopping, eating and cleaning my house. I don’t know if I can handle having to think about everything I do!
A. If you don’t think about it now, you may well be forced to think about it later. Wouldn’t you rather have to remember to shop, eat, and clean your home differently today and from now on than have to remember to take your medications tomorrow?
If you have questions that were not answered here, please feel free to contact us with them.
*The words “natural” and “green” are not regulated by the FDA and can therefore be dangerously misleading. As Green Lifestyle Coaches, when we use the terms “more natural” and “authentically green” we are referring to foods/products that we have been able to identify as authentically environmentally friendly or significantly less toxic than their conventional counterparts.