byon 01-03-2010 at 11:44 AM (545 Views)
I like to read self-improvement books. One of my favorites that I read over and over is Success Coach, Anthony Robbins' "Awaken The Giant Within". I read a little of it every night before I go to sleep. It seems to pentrate my subconcious when I sleep.....or so, I think it does, and if I think it, then it does. Right? I wake up with a confident attitude instead of being depressed or down because of the weather, work or other people's moods. Other people's moods can really affect you. Like my husband always says, "You are your environment." So if you are around depressed, pessimistic people than that is what you will start being. Not me! Life is too short to waste my time on self pity. I am who I am and I strive to live life to the fullest I can.
One simple thing I have started doing is to declare to everyone, I do not eat sugar. I do not eat white flour products. I do not eat processed foods. I do not eat potatoes, rice, carrots or any other high carb vegetables or fruits. Then when they take out a pan of brownies, a gallon of my favorite flavor of ice cream or a blueberry pie..........I look at it like it is a food I hate. They don't feel so inclined to talk me into taking a bite or "just a little piece won't hurt you" speech. In fact, they might not feel quite so excited about eating it themselves. Especially after I explain what sugar does to you or how many people I know who have suffered because of eating these same treats.
If you just take on the role of being a true "low carber" then nothing will get you to eat even a tiny bit. I know I have cheated and eaten foods not on my plan, sometimes it leads to going off my low carb food plan for a couple of weeks or more. The one thing I can count on though is that I will feel horrible again. It just makes me so uncomfortable to eat that way and I know it is the high carb garbage that is making me feel that way. Think of your body as Anthony Robbins says, "as a temple." And only put foods in your temple that are worthy of it.
I have been watching my own son, who has recently come to stay with us, adding several teaspoons of sugar to each of his many cups of coffee every day. I bite my tongue. Just like I did many years ago when I was married to his father and he ate very unhealthy and did absolutely nothing physical. Now he is paying for those mistakes in his early sixties. My son does not have a weight problem but needs to work on his health and knows it especially in light of his Dad's problems. So today I got up to find he was not adding any sugar to his coffee at all. One tiny step for his Mom!
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