I’m on day 4 of my “challenge” to become a healthier person. Doing quite well so far. I’ve already noticed considerable differences in how I feel.
- Sugar cravings are almost completely gone
- More energy throughout the day
- I’ve been waking up easier
- Face already looks visibly smaller
It’s amazing how fast our bodies recover when we just stop feeding it garbage and give it nourishment that allows it to heal. Just yesterday my wife commented on how my face already looked smaller. I think “less puffy” was the term she used actually. That is just from 3 days! Imagine what it’ll be like after 30, or 60, or even a year! It’s encouraging to see and feel the differences so quickly.
It hasn’t been all easy though, there are times when I want to cheat, or my sugar monster starts acting up. I use mental tricks that I learned from The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr to help me overcome my sugar and junk food addiction. At the end of the day, that’s really what it is: an addiction. Looking at it this way is important in trying to recover. It was important while I was quitting smoking, and it’s important while I’m trying to get healthier.
I think of my sugar and junk food cravings as being caused by a little monster (or gremlin, demon, spirit, whatever) inside you that acts like a spoiled little brat. When it wants some junk food, it’ll act up. So each passing day needs to be looked at as another nail in this monster’s coffin. Within each day, every time you eat you have a chance to either starve or feed your monster. I think of each time I eat as a means of killing this monster so he’ll stop acting up.
I do the same thing with water, but put a little twist on it. I used to drink obscene amounts of coffee or soda, now I drink as much water as I can. I imagine each drink of water as giving my body (which is over 50% water) what it needs to perform vital functions. The more water I give it, the more ammo it has to heal itself and detoxify itself.
“The new paradigm shift for future research should be ‘water, the solvent of the body, regulates all functions, including the activity of the solutes it dissolves and circulates.”
Dr. Geroge J. Georgiou, Ph. D., Clinical Nutritionist
WORLDWIDEHEALTHCENTER.NET, Nov. 2002
It seems to be very beneficial to have your mind in the right spot while trying to lose weight (or perform any kind of life change, really). By thinking about it this way, I’m always looking forward. I’m always thinking about how the actions I take now are directly benefiting me now and in the future. It’s so much better than the brute force method, which a lot of people do. They go through their diets miserable and feeling deprived, so its no wonder they stop doing it!
Anyway, that’s my two cents on the issue. I’ll keep going and report back any other things I notice. 🙂