How do you give up coffee & sugar? Part III
January 16, 2011
After my No Complaining Challenge post, a friend posed this question:
My question to Michelle is, with these challenges, how do you make it through them? I have to give up two things I know my body is totally addicted to, Caffeine and sugar, for my health. I’m seeing a neurologist to try to spare myself of migraines. My doctor ordered a special diet to see if perhaps they are food allergies. There is practically nothing I can or am allowed to eat.
I would love some kind of tip, in how you look at your cravings when you get them, and keep yourself on track with your goal…
I had so much to say that I split the response into THREE parts! Thanks for inspiring me!
First, it gets easier over time!
Second, reframing the situation by rewording my statements helped a lot.
Third, your body is not “totally addicted” to those things.
Fourth, I’ve realized that my cravings are distractions/addictions.
Fifth, really sit down and figure out the big WHY behind your choice to change your habits.
Sixth, shop at Farmer’s Markets.
Seventh, find things that support your unconventional, healthy way of living. I’ve found more friends that value their health and eat clean, for various reasons – ethics, gluten allergies, diary allergies, etc. We love roasting up veggies and drinking tea together. Additionally, I don’t expose myself to much conventional media like TV, the news, or gossip/beauty magazines. I feel like all of those things take away time and energy that can be directed towards changing the only thing that I can change – me. Instead I’ve sought out intelligent, inspirational writers and podcasts to help keep me on my path of unusually healthy living.
Ralph Waldo Emerson says: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Consider this diet as an experiment in seeing how good you can feel!
I know you have the power to do this. I’ve felt you channel energy.Your body is just out of balance. You’re having such a strong reaction because you are sensitive. Maybe that means you have to do things differently than normal people. But that also means you can live a BETTER life than those who are not forced to challenge themselves.
Once you start following a diet that balances your body, you are going to feel healthier, happier, more balanced, whole, glowing than ANYONE who can go get a cup of coffee every morning, and a cupcake every night. It might seem like they are happier on the surface, but underneath their bodies are operating at less than peak.
You’ll find that a different or limited diet isn’t as bad as our society makes it out to be.
And lastly, think of how your experience and example will help and inspire others. You’re a healer for a reason. Maybe your nieces will follow your example and be inspired to lead happier, healthier lives!