Excuses are Irrelevant
Eating for health is a mindset. We make firm choices based upon correct information that’s been proven to restore health to the body.
However, if food choices are determined by our circumstances or fluctuating emotions, we will suffer the consequences of decisions that will never lead to optimal health.
When I first started the journey to get my health back, I was obese, unfit and didn’t feel well. It was an effort just to get out of bed in the mornings, let alone enthusiastically eat for health. I knew that if I was ever going to succeed, I had to have something simple and concrete to follow.
After thoroughly studying Eat to Live, using a small font, I typed out the six week eating plan on page 179. I then printed off three copies, and laminated them at an office supply store. I kept one in my purse, one next to my bed, and one under a magnet on the refrigerator. The plan made all of my decisions. Period.
- Those first couple of weeks I didn’t feel like eating romaine lettuce, collard greens or brussel sprouts. I followed the plan.
- I was heavily addicted to salt, creamy cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and crunchy peanut butter. I followed the plan.
- I craved diet cola and diet pudding. I followed the plan.
- I was addicted to creamy ranch dressing. I followed the plan.
- My bedtime snack was always a large bowl of cereal and milk. I followed the plan.
- My son became seriously ill. I followed the plan.
- Life suddenly became an out-of-control roller coaster. I followed the plan.
- He had to be transferred to another hospital in another state. I followed the plan.
- I had to find my way around in a new city. I followed the plan.
- I hit rock bottom with sadness and fear of the future. I followed the plan.
- The hospital cafeteria food looked comforting and inviting. I followed the plan.
- The candy in the gift shop called out my name. I followed the plan.
Three months later, back home, I got on the scales. Even though the picture on the left shows the strain of crisis on my face, I was forty pounds lighter; and more importantly, I was no longer addicted to toxic foods. I now craved fresh greens and fruits. Diet soda, diet desserts and salty foods tasted disgusting to me. I could walk for ½ hour every morning and evening, and feel great. My body was thoroughly refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and brain fog had completely disappeared.
The crisis eventually subsided. My body was well-nourished. I had newfound energy to try recipes. I had a bounce in my step to attempt challenging exercises. I knew I was well on the way to getting my health back. I was free.
“Success or lack thereof is not based upon circumstances; therefore, excuses are irrelevant.” Emily Boller