There is is one thing I know for sure – every or almost every new year resolution has a shelf life of about two weeks. It seems we can do almost anything for about 14 days. So if we know that to be the case, why do we continue the tradition of setting resolutions? Well it seems people have been making and breaking New Years resolutions since Babylonian times. The years end has alway been a time of reflection and a time to set new goals with the intention of bettering oneself.
I think it’s all good on paper but when the rubber meets the road in 2012, where do you want to be? Maybe it’s really possible to have your goals and good intentions actually come to fruition. I also know if setting goals hasn’t worked for you in the past there is a good chance you should switch up your game plan.
Marcia and Cindy have been blogging about our exciting R3 plan. I know I’m excited! Who’s with me? What I do know is that it really works to have a plan and to have a group of like minded people supporting you in your plan. In the spirit of sharing, I would like to share with you my personal plan for healthy eating. I know that diets don’t work. I know that when my life is in balance and my head is in balance my eating is balanced. There is a book I have relied on over the past few years to renew and detox. It’s a very easy way to kickstart your healthy eating intentions and rev up your body for all the activity you’ll do with that new-found energy! It’s called The Ultra Simple Diet, by Mark Hyman, M.D.
Dr. Hyman says:
“What Is The UltraSimple Diet?
This program is founded on two fundamental principles of biology. To regain health and achieve consistent, permanent weight loss, you need to address the underlying cause of diseases and obesity:toxicity and inflammation. It gives you an opportunity to achieve IMMEDIATE weight loss, but more importantly offers you renewed energy and relief from many chronic diseases in just 7 short days.
But how, you may ask, can you achieve such results in just 7 days?
Take away the things that make you toxic and inflamed. Provide your body with foods and activities that help you detoxify and cool inflammation. Your body does the rest automatically. It has a natural ability to find balance and heal once you stop doing things that throw it off balance and provide things that put it back in balance.
By eliminating the major sources of toxins in your life — addictive habits such as coffee, sugar, alcohol, processed food, fast food, junk food, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup — and reducing toxic stress for only 7 days, your body can renew and rejuvenate itself. By eliminating the major sources of inflammation in your diet — food allergens, sugar and flour products, and bad fats — your body can heal. Then, by eating whole, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory foods, the power of the program can take full effect.
Let me be completely honest here. My motivation is not to help you “lose a quick 10 pounds,” although that is a nice side effect. My desire is for you to experience in one week the power you have to harm or to heal your body, the power wrong foods have to create sickness, and the power right foods have to promote weight loss and health. That way you can make the connection between your behaviors, what you put in your mouth, how you treat your body, and how you feel and look every day.”
So this Thursday at the first R3 meeting we will discuss the diet, and begin to take the first step, which is to wean off some of the substances that will cause painful withdrawal – such as caffeine. Then, next Thursday we’ll begin the full detox plan. For those interested, we’ll have copies of Dr. Hyman’s book available for purchase, and it is also available on amazon.com. Please consider taking this opportunity to do something good for your body with the assistance of a supportive group. It’ll be easier and more fun than doing it alone!