mind games: when I think about eliminating foods from my menu, it triggers “scarcity brain” – I feel the urge to eat more of the Yes foods than I probably need and in the past, I’ve overdone it when trying out new ingredients (everything swimming in coconut milk; all almonds all the time).
This 21DSD, I’m trying something different. I will focus on the positive – the abundance of healthy, nutritious, delicious foods that are always available to me. I want to reframe my thinking so I keep my brain’s alarm system from ringing: I’m not eliminating food, I’m choosing better food. I’m not losing weight; I’m improving my health.
Science is showing us that our brains change according what we focus on – and that we can guard against the brain’s natural bias towards the negative, by choosing our thoughts. Eating is one of the most intimate acts of…
As 2014 winds down, I am reflecting on my intentions for 2015. I’ve declared that I’m done struggling with food cravings. After all my holiday treats, I feel a little gross. Starting 5 January, I am leading a 21-day Sugar Detox with a group of friends who want to kick sugar cravings to the curb. Easily. With kindness. With nourishment. This week is “Prep Week.” I’m looking at recipes and planning my “re-entry” from the holidays. I want to make this as easy as possible. And preparation leads to success.
I’m thinking about ways I can make this program easier: I will succeed at three week sugar-free me. I’ve joined the official program at the basic level, so I can have access to the 21DSD forum. Join Here!
Identify your why
why are you doing this? What do you want to get out of it?
what are you willing to put into it?
how do you plan to stay on track? do you have a reminder system? A buddy? Come join us at 50 Fit.
Learn from the past
What have you tried in the past?
What worked? What didn’t?
Think about how you can apply what you’ve learned. Write some notes to yourself.
Read the instructions in 21DSD
choose your level (keeping in mind the phrase, “don’t be a hero”)
look at the yes/no lists for your level
do you need an energy modification?
Plan for your success
when you are most successful, do you follow a meal plan? or do you like to play the “What’s for dinner” guessing game?
when do you usually shop for food? How often?
do you like to cook? When are you going to prepare your meals?
What can you do this week to make next week easier?
Can you use next weekend to prepare some meals in advance?
Decide if you want some more support. You can join the program here:
We lie to ourselves when we say, “it’s too late for me.” This story seduces us into inaction. THIS interesting story suggests that regret begins to set in around age 50. But if you want to make a difference, our age is our advantage. In this powerful new Tedx Talk, heart doctor Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein shows how our brain power increases after age 50 and why we primed for our most successful years yet.
Where I live, the sun rises at about 8:30 AM and sets around 4:30 PM in December. The days grow shorter and shorter. In the past, I have hibernated. When I learned to run, I trained all winter for a marathon, running in the dark and over snow-covered trails. This season, I’ve started feeling sluggish. I am committed to keeping moving all winter.
Today: 15 minutes flow yoga, 10 minutes on the rower (2,000 meters), 6 minutes with two kettlebells, and then some painful mobility work with two Yoga Tune-up Balls.
I’m committed. My body needs my help. I need my body. How about you? Can you commit to caring for your body?
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In this 8-week class, you’ll learn the key to raising your Eat.Q.: the capacity to take a mindful pause—just long enough to make a healthy decision, rather than an emotionally driven one— and how to make a decision that serves you best. You’ll also learn some core tools to help you make a sound decision at the moment it counts.