Challenge Yourself for 21 Days

What do you do when you are faced with a challenge?  Aside from nothing, you can turn inward or you can reach out.  Even if at first you shut down for a bit, when the time is right, introspection or meditation or doubling down on our resolve or willpower  can be very powerful.  You can also reach out and lean on your networks of family, friends, and co-workers.

If you can surround yourself with people who are fully supportive of your dietary changes, then that is fabulous- enjoy and take advantage of it!  However, those in your circles who blatantly disagree or who aren’t fully supportive of your dietary changes can be a real challenge.  This is the time to expand your network to include others making or maintaining similar choices.  Meetups and Facebook make this so easy that all you really have to do is search and find the group or groups that are right for you.  Every month there are thousands of people who start the 21 Day Kickstart  or become Nutritarians or McDougallers.

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Making good choices is hard work.  But you can do hard work.  Think about all the struggles you had with making good choices as a teen or college student.  Whatever they were, you are here now and most likely overcame some pretty significant hurdles.

Food is something we must deal with at least 3 times every day and usually much more often than that.  Commit yourself to a jellybeanspure whole food, plant based diet for 21 days.  It’s just 3 weeks.  If this seems unbearably long to you, think of it in terms of the time you have in jelly beans.  Make changes now so poor health and nutrition don’t steal your time.

If you allow yourself to cheat during the 21-day period, then your body (and particularly your taste buds) won’t fully adjust to the new food.  If you are occasionally eating animal products or processed foods, then your cravings could be worse and you won’t reap the benefits of all the hard work you’ve put into the other 18 to 20 days.  Commit 21 days to your health and see how you feel at the end.  This is a way of life, not just a 3-week cleanse, but you need to start somewhere.  Wait until the end of the kickstart to decide what happens afterwards.

Three weeks will reset your taste buds, get you back in touch with real food, and remind you what it feels like to be healthy and energized.  Yes, it’s going to be hard work; but you do hard work all the time for other people.  Do this for you.

A final note: You may not see dramatic weight loss in 21 days, but you didn’t gain that extra weight in 21 days either.  Just give it all you’ve got for 21 days – you owe it to yourself.

 

 

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