It Takes Commitment

Okay, let’s be gut level honest here; if one is going to get completely free from food addiction and live in optimal health, it’s going to take commitment.

Commitment is fully engaging one’s mind to act upon a decision. Commitment includes involvement and dedication.

Commitment is not, “I’ll give it a *try* . . . . . (until I don’t feel like it anymore.)”

Nor is it, “I’ll be a nutritarian during the week, and a junketarian on weekends.”

Making the commitment to get health back has everything to do with, “No matter what, every day I will make choices to eat for health for the rest of my life. No argument. No wavering in the midst of trial. The decision has been made. Period.”

When the mind is 100% committed, there are no more excuses.

(100% commitment has nothing to do with 100% perfection. BIG difference. I’ll discuss that topic in another post.)

A nutritarian whose mind is 100% committed to optimal health will:

Remove junk food, processed cereals, white flour products, salt, and sweets from the house.

Make time to study Dr. Fuhrman’s books and tutorials; understanding the difference between toxic hunger and cravings versus true hunger, the body’s need for digestive rest as much as nourishing food, and the instructional teleconference on overeating. Success is dependent on how much information is comprehended, not on how much willpower is possessed.

Ask like-minded and supportive members on drfuhrman.com for practical success tips and delicious recipes to make it through an upcoming birthday party.

Know how to make scrumptious sorbets, ice creams and cakes from nutrient dense fruits and vegetables.

Make time to clean and slice romaine lettuce, tomatoes and red onions to make a huge, great tasting salad instead of zoning out in front of the TV.

Make a homemade salad dressing from wholesome ingredients such as blueberries or kiwis,
tomato paste, or flavored vinegars and cashews rather than just pour a bunch of oil and salt out of a bottle.

Prepare a large pot of cooked beans with basil, garlic and spices for use throughout the week.

Choose to stop by the farmer’s market instead of the fast food place, knowing the sack of fresh green peppers, tomatoes and peaches will support nutritional excellence.

Click here for sample recipes from drfuhrman.com.

Have you made the commitment to optimal health, or are you just trying to eat more healthfully?

The latter will be laced with hundreds of excuses, and will only set you up for failure at the next curve ball that life throws your way.

If you haven’t already done so, pick a date, and make the commitment.

Let’s dialogue. Have YOU made the commitment? If you haven’t, what excuses are holding you back?

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dalene - September 9, 2009 8:02 AM

Like these pics!

Jocelyn - September 9, 2009 9:15 AM

I like this entry. Straight to the point! I especially like "Have you made the commitment to optimal health, or are you just trying to eat more healthfully?" It got me thinking that I still have the mindset of the later. I'm still full of excuses!

I'm excited to see your take on the difference between 100% commitment and 100% perfection, since I, like so many others, can't always see the difference.

I just love your pictures in this posting. Fantastic Job!

Steve - September 9, 2009 10:38 AM

Emily, the photos look like mother and daughter.

One big problem I have is that NO ONE that I know has any interest in this. Family or friends, even the people at the gym seem to be mostly steak 'n' eggs mindset (ie muscular appearance trumps health).

Regards, Steve

Brenda Boro - September 9, 2009 6:57 PM

Emily this is a very inspiring post! I'm very impressed with it's consciseness. I'm like Jocelyn above and I'm very excited to read the second part of your post. I admire your success and commitment. You look fantastic!

Emily Boller - September 9, 2009 10:06 PM

Yes, at my one year check-up after becoming a nutritarian, my local family physician commented that I perhaps took 15 years off my age.

Actually, I feel better than I did over twenty years ago in my late 20's.

What I notice the most is the puffiness from all the sodium intake and toxic build up has disappeared. My eyes, face, cheeks, fingers, etc., were always puffy, and my abdomen was always bloated and extended ~ I was severely malnourished and a toxic mess, and my body was aging rapidly because of it.

Go Eat to Live! Go Eat for Health! Go greens and phytochemicals!

Nancy - September 10, 2009 11:04 AM

Of course I'm my own worst enemy. I've known the truth of ETL for a long time but have followed only half-heartedly. And I haven't seen the results I want. I agree with the 100% committment and understand it will take that to succeed.

Like Steve above my family/friends have no interest so that makes it hard to clear the kitchen and only have ETL whole foods in the house. And eating out is another temptation...but these are the excuses that have kept me from succeeding.

Okay Emily...I'm committing with no excuses ;)

Emily Boller - September 10, 2009 9:09 PM

My family still eats ice cream treats, donuts, and "junk" . . . . AWAY from home. As a rule of thumb, except on very rare occasions, I don't purchase processed junk food for the house. If my family wants it, there's plenty of places away from home to get it. Home has to be a safe place. If you don't buy it, you won't eat it.

Last Christmas season, I invited my extended family over for a wonderful evening meal of lentil stew, and various other healthy foods. I set the table all festive; complete with beautiful stoneware, cloth napkins and lit candles, and it was a fun and nourishing evening together!

Unfortunately my family won't give up butter, so that still remains in the house. I totally cringe when I put it in the grocery cart. In time, I think that will go also.

If we don't radically change as a culture, toxic food addiction that leads to much costly suffering and life-threatening disease is only going to get worse for generations to come.

Elaine K. - September 11, 2009 10:17 AM

I made my commitment after reading Emily's post on 9/9/9. Day 1 was easy,I was newly motivated. Day 2 presented a challenge. I found myself searching for an excuse to eat chocolate and nuts. Both healthy items, right? Anti-oxidants, etc. (Both are binge foods for me and in combination, unstoppable.) And then I remembered my commitment and I thought: If I can find an excuse to eat unhealthily today, why wouldn't I just as easily find one tomorrow? So I focused on a video of Paris instead while my husband ate dark chocolate and nuts. Once I had arrived at this mindset however his eating did not bother me! Like others, no one I know is interested in making this commitment with me. I am taking support from this blog instead. Thanks Emily et al.

Emily Boller - September 12, 2009 2:28 PM

Good for you Elaine!

You have just crossed a major threshold in the
journey of living in freedom from food addiction and living in optimal health.

Commitment locks the door to excuses.

When you are 100% committed (not 100% perfect) you will always find a way to eat for health regardless of life's circumstances.

You go girl!

Cheering for EVERYONE in the journey to optimal health!

Arlene - December 2, 2009 3:16 PM

Emily what a wonderful new person you have become!

I have started to read the books by Dr Fuhrman and am trying to put them into practice but as a diabetic his suggestions for fruits etc are causing my bs to rise. I am finding that almost everything is raising my bs except salads. When I add beans sometimes bs rises too. I am really getting to the point where I dread mealtimes. I am bored with salads I think.

My bs has come down though from what is was so this is a positive

You are a real inspiration to everyone. Well Done

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