For all who’d like to lose weight, the big secret is out! Eat less and exercise more! Duh. It’s like telling a drug addict to just say “no”. If it were that easy, it would be that easy. But it isn’t. Similarly, when it comes to losing weight and improving one’s health, the truth is simple:
1 – Quit eating refined sugars
2 – Quit eating white flour
3 – Take a daily walk
But simple truths aren’t as easily followed, or the world would be filled with peace, love and understanding. I digress. If you can’t even accomplish the above three health-ups, you’re in a bad way and you already know it. Hang in there, you’re not alone. When comfort eating is in full swing, the most satisfying binge is usually comprised of white flour and refined sugars, even if you’re a salty snacker. Comfort eating typically is high in buzz and low in nutrients, so the brain keeps calling for more food with the expectation of nutrients…which are not on the train. So this “comfort” is an exceedingly temporary satisfaction, after which another binge is required…and another and so on. It’s a similar pattern for heroin addicts, mind you.
We’ve all heard the reports of refined sugars being harmful to us, though most of us don’t really take stock of just how harmful. There is a saying in wellness circles: the whiter the bread, the quicker you’re dead. Not pretty, but memorable. Cutting out these 2 items alone will significantly improve energy levels and improve our mood and mental clarity, primarily by cutting down on the demand for insulin production in the body. If you’re like me, mood and mental clarity are precious commodities. But what if one hasn’t even the energy, nor the care, to quit consuming the yummy breads and sugars? To those in fair health this may seem like a ridiculously rhetorical question; to those on the sofa not reading this because their shows are on and they just opened a bag of cheese puffs…the question is an awful reminder of present reality. To such a one, the real question might be, “How did I ever get to this place?” The next question is usually more painful and far less entertained: Can I ever get out of this condition? The first voice to respond (remember the voices?) usually sounds like this: “Who cares? Pass the ranch dip.” The bona fide answer, however, is a resounding, “Yes you can get out of this condition!” It requires some effort, but not as much as you may think.
My husband has struggled a few times with his weight since we were married. A health-conscious young man who spent his free time cycling long distances and body-surfing off famous beaches, he accumulated 30 pounds in our first year of marriage. My large dinners for him when he got home late in those days may have had something to do with it, but let’s not point fingers. We’ll both attest that putting it on is easier and funner than taking it off. His occupation in our early years together placed him at a desk in front of a computer for 9 hours a day, plus the bus and train journeys back and forth. The handsome man I married had gained back all his cute baby fat and then some. Where he was once inspired and inspiring, he became uncharacteristically listless and sarcastic. Worse was his seeming unwillingness to change back to good eating and exercise habits. There are reasons people let themselves go, spiritual and emotional; a sinister and vicious cycle develops. Some habits are often imposed upon us from childhood, and the intention of this missive is most certainly not to weaken my man’s reputation. It took me far too long to realize that, though willingness to change may have been present, accumulation of toxins in his system had put him on a path to inactivity and dwindling self-esteem. Depression is the natural bedfellow of these last two, we’ll get to that another day perhaps.
Who can say exactly where and how some habits creep in and usurp the rightful stations of good ones? The devil, they say, is in the details. I argue not in this case. But now I comprehend. One little habit can nudge us off course, and we’re in danger of being sidetracked in our life goals and callings. Add one or two more destructive habits and we may be forever tormented by the spread between what might-have-could-have-should-have been and what actually is. Let us not forget the mind; we are what we dwell upon all day long. The hope lies in this: if one bad habit can nudge a body off course, one good one can elbow out the bad until it no longer finds place in our lives. With prayer and consistency, just one good habit can make all the difference in getting back on the track to abundant living.
If those 3 requirements at the top seem nearly impossible to accomplish, allow me the liberty of a suggestion. My husband began taking (reluctantly) the Plexus Tri-Plex Combo to jump-start his energy levels, specifically to facilitate a proper blood sugar balance. He reports that, since beginning the Tri-Plex, those 3 items above became not only easier to do, but ultimately desirable. Where he began by merely adding Plexus to his daily intake, inconsistently at first, it wasn’t until 3 months later that he actually felt like getting his game on, shedding 15 pounds in the 30 days just passed.
If by reading this you have “heard the call”, felt led to get the back-field in motion or otherwise found that spark of inspiration to get a move on, quench it not. Care for it, love it. Throw embarrassment and shame out the door, kick them all the way to the curb if you must; give them absolutely no welcome in your life. The adage is true, a year from now you’ll wish you started today. Do not add one more straw to your back. Make better eating choices today, even small changes. Begin now to build a new foundation; soon enough you’ll wake up and realize you’re living in a new temple. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. The challenge here is to take it in increments of 7 days, and ramp up from there. Cut out refined sugars and white flour altogether, cold turkey, for just 7 days. Take a daily walk; walk a mile or a meter, but walk further than you usually do in the course of a day, enough to break a sweat. Take stock of your mood after 7 days and then go for another 7…and another 7 after that. Forgiveness is built into the universe for cheaters, but don’t look for opportunities to bail. If all you can stomach is half a serving of steamed broccoli a day, resolve to stick with it. It only takes one serving to start an avalanche, in a matter of days you’re on the slippery slope to excellent health.
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