Disease Proof

Do you need a reboot?

garbageOver Memorial Day weekend I cleaned out the garage. I clean it about every three months, and no matter how much I try to keep it clean and organized, it always gets dirty and cluttered again within three months!  [a dirty glove from winter sledding, a broken skate, empty salt bags from the water softener, a flat bike tire, an old quilt that the cats slept on, some dirty gardening tools that nobody put back in the storage shed, a few empty water bottles, a cardboard box, a misplaced container of pool chemicals, the Christmas tree stand that didn't get put up into the attic, some old boots that don't fit anyone anymore; plus lots of dirt and leaves, dirt, and more dirt and leaves]

As I was cleaning I thought about how our bodies require continual cleaning and maintenance to keep them healthy and in good working order.  It takes ongoing effort, planning and preparedness. If we get careless and allow *stuff* (toxins, fat cells) to accumulate, it requires a major overhaul to get clean and function properly again.

The popular pop-culture word now is "reboot."

I like that word.

Every once in a while we may possibly need to reboot our garages . . . . and our bodies.

Otherwise our garages will look like the ones from the Hoarders show and our cars will no longer fit into them; and eventually our bodies will look like the ones from the beginning episodes of The Biggest Loser and our clothes will no longer fit.  (Not to mention the detrimental damage that'll be done to our arteries, blood vessels, pancreas, heart, etc.)  In fact, if the waistband becomes a bit snug, that’s a clear indication to reboot.  A tight waistband means unhealthy plaque is building up in the arteries and blood vessels.  Quick ~ nip disease in the bud!

If we've been careless with food choices, and have allowed toxins and fat to accumulate, it's time to reboot. It's time to go back to the six week eating plan in Eat to Live and follow it carefully, with little to no deviation.  It’s time to clean the clutter, (aka detox), and change the tastebuds.

How about you? 

Do you need a reboot?

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Annette Chambers - June 6, 2011 10:08 AM

Hey, we cleaned out our garage this past weekend too! I totally agree that this is a great analogy with keeping a clean and organized body system. Little things count! Just a few little pieces of clutter can get in the way. ETL plan helped me clean up the mess. Thanks for the great comparison.

Mia - June 6, 2011 10:08 AM

A reboot, especially of my tastebuds, would be nice.

I've been slacking/not as strict as I was a few months ago. I wonder how many people this happens to.

I'm young, thin and healthy, and train hard 5-6 days a week.... but I have to keep in mind that this doesn't mean it's okay to eat a king sized chocolate bar on Friday, a bowl of ice cream on Saturday, and a bag of jujubes on Sunday, only to hate my lack of discipline by end of the weekend.

Time for a detox sesh.

Jen - June 6, 2011 11:14 AM

Great post. I get into bad habits when I am not looking. Having a 13 year old, it gets easy as he is on a different eating plan than I am. (although I am working hard to change him!) Once you allow the wrong food into your life and your house, it is too easy to "just this once." Especially eating with friends and at parties, it is too easy to let a one time thing become a regular thing.

mike crosby - June 6, 2011 12:27 PM

When I read successful testimonials on Disease Proof I think "Boy, they've got it made now". I wish I could say I've read Dr Fuhrman's book and I've now got it.

For me, it just doesn't work that way. I find I'm constantly rebooting. But I will say one good thing: With the knowledge that Dr Fuhrman and this blog pass along, I at the very least, give myself the chance to reboot.

Amie - June 6, 2011 2:32 PM

As the FlyLady (a home cleanliness guru) would say, "You can't organize clutter. You can only get rid of it!" Seems fitting when talking about our bodies too, doesn't it?

Gerry - June 6, 2011 6:20 PM

Yes, time for a reboot. I have let myself eat too many nuts, and fruits lately and that's all it takes to put the weight on again and I am fasting for a few days to cleanse the system, and get the weight back down. The first book I read of Dr. Fuhrmans was on fasting and while I had read several others on the subject, his was the only one that dealt with the subject scientifically.

Every time I have fasted, I have been pleased with the results and amazed at how easy it is after the first day or so. It's a great way to reboot.


Thanks for the encouragement.

Axel - June 7, 2011 11:04 PM

I lost 19 pounds in 3 months, but I didn't use any book. Just went to the gym on regular basis and tried to eat normally and only drink beer once a week.

Vicki - June 9, 2011 1:57 AM

I tried Dr Fuhrman's plan for several weeks, but found that I can't handle all the fruit he recommends, and I wasn't losing any weight. I was having bloating and other GI problems. So I went back to a small amount of meat at meals, with lots of veggies, and am now losing weight and feel much better.
My plan is to phase out the meat over time, and add back a little fruit.

StephenMarkTurner - June 9, 2011 10:26 AM

I could use a little reset myself. I am running 10K (6.2 miles) on Fathers Day, and have been having a little more meat and salty foods while training. Funny, the idea was to 'keep my strength up', but I feel a bit more lazy actually.

On the 20th, I'll get more strict again.

Cheers, Steve

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