Extinguish the pilot light; part 2

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Recently, in a post titled, “Extinguish the pilot light,” I explained how crucial it is to keep the pilot light of addiction, those seemingly insignificant-at-the-time compromises, extinguished at all times. 

I want to devote this post to clarifying the difference between an occasional slip-up and ongoing compromises. 

Slip-ups happen from time to time - they just do – it’s a part of transitioning into a whole new way of eating and living for the rest of one’s life. There’s a learning curve, especially in the beginning, to understanding the science behind Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations. 

For instance, I committed to Eat to Live in July 2008, and by that first Thanksgiving I thought it would be perfectly fine to eat the traditional feast. It never occurred to me that I’d get violently sick so I enjoyed the feasting and merriment with gusto. I quickly learned just how TERRIBLY toxic the standard American diet was ~ even though I knew from my studying that it was poisonous to the body.

And I've had plenty of slip-ups since then. I wish I could say that I've been perfect at all times, but I haven't.

Even with eating only high-nutrient foods and having cravings for fake food gone as a result, I've eaten beyond "before full." I've eaten as a result of being frustrated. I've eaten for stimulation because I was tired. And I've eaten for recreation with others when I wasn't a bit hungry. However, and a big however, each time I quickly realized my error and moved on quickly; contending with all strength to keep going!

I want to make clear that the pilot light that I'm referring to is the intentional decision to choose compromises, aka “cheats”, on a regular basis. These habitual choices, even if they are seemingly insignificant at the time, are the pilot light.


The willful decision to see how much one can cheat and get by; how much one can straddle the fence, or how much one can habitually overeat . . . . and still keep the addiction eradicated . . . . that’s what I'm referring to as being the next-to-impossible feat to accomplish.


It can't be done!


I repeat ~ it can't be done.


With repetitive compromises, the addictive cravings are rumbling beneath the surface, and it just takes a tiny spark to ignite them to full strength and power!

For one to be truly free, the pilot light needs to be extinguished and remain that way . . . .for life.

AND to live in denial of food addiction's power is to remain its prisoner, or worse yet, the path right back to captivity.

Choose the easy way and keep the pilot light extinguished at all times.  

Continual freedom and excellent health to all!




Image credits: gas flame: flickr by stevendepolo; celebration: by Elijah Lynn

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Bill - October 9, 2011 6:59 AM

Emily--so true. I've learned the hard way and it bites back pretty hard. Letting into the addiction lies more destruction than the desire that brought the addiction on. We have a saying (not sure where I got it) that goes: "fit feels better than fat tastes."

We slip up or attempt to straddle the line, it's way too dangerous! The American diet is an oath to sickness and poor health. I choose to be free from addictions by not giving into the temptations. I do, however, fight the addiction from time to time.

Thank you for another insightful article, one we can learn from and address openly in our journey.

BioEthics - October 9, 2011 11:21 AM

Bill- "The American diet is an oath to sickness and poor health." I'm putting that on my facebook status. To The Point!!! Thank you. And, Emily, and Dr.F--my navigators in stormy seas. I am grateful.

Reading and re-reading Eat To Live, plus getting more "ammo" from these blogposts helps me to renew my commitment, and also to effectively convey the vital Nutritarian info to friends and loved ones.

Slowly, some are learning, and asking more questions. I even made special FaceBook "Notes" pages about eating Nutritarian, and the method I use for my Smoothies, so I don't have to seem to lecture or nag them, they are aware of the new Notes and can elect to refer to them at their convenience. Nutritarians aren't Perfect, they just feel great when they eat. Best, Pat

Joney - October 10, 2011 5:57 PM

Oh boy-have I learned this the hard way. I thought I could cheat here and there until it slowly escalated where I was hooked again. I've gained some weight back, have a caffeine addiction again and what's even worse s I'm beyond the point of getting really sick ( though I am using quite a few Pepcid completes) And I know what's ahead for me. I am truly looking forward to how well I'll feel again but I need to stop kicking myself for being so stupid. Any tips for that?!

Emily Boller - October 10, 2011 7:41 PM


Keep moving onward! Start right now by waiting to eat again until you are truly hungry, and then faithfully follow Dr. Fuhrman's six week plan as outlined in Eat to Live. One meal at a time. Eat only when truly hungry and stop eating before full . . . that's the only path to both pscychological and physiological freedom and well-being.

Food addiction is powerful; one not to mess around with.

Here's a couple of posts that come to mind to encourage you in the journey:

The powerful freedom of abstinence: http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/emily-boller-the-powerful-freedom-of-abstinence.html

Pitch the wagon mentality:

mike crosby - October 25, 2011 2:35 PM

Don't know if too late to comment, but I want to say how right you are Emily. I have made many compromises in the past, just not slip-ups.

But as time has gone on, I've become more knowledgeable, and I'm eating a very nutritious diet.

I used to think compromise was OK. I didn't want to disappoint friends or family members. Now I don't care.

It also bothers me because this does appear to be extreme. And extreme it is to 99% of most people. But of course, what's extreme is the 99%. What we're doing is normal. But I remember when I became a Christian when I was a youngster. I was so absolute in my beliefs that I'd go in a hospital and pray for people and tell them God healed them and they could now leave. So my absolutism regarding diet does give me pause.

Nevertheless, it is something I believe in with all my heart.

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