Eat to Live 6 Week Challenge- Natalie Week 1

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For some reason, I felt that by putting myself “out there” on social media would help me jump into ETL guidelines with ease and hit the mark. Not true!

The first day I weighed my pound of veggies to see what a pound looked like. Frankly, I do not want to live weighing and measuring as I have done on other plans. But to be six week compliant, I decided to learn what a pound looks like or an ounce of nuts looks like, etc. I had my favorite steel cut oats and fruit with 1 oz. walnuts for breakfast. I didn’t have a plan for dinner. This was not wise because I wasn’t able to finish my salad at lunch. I didn’t incorporate beans, and when I got home, I was weak. I ate some non nutritarian food.

I am going to be real. I ate a burger and fries with a large diet Coke on the 3rd day. I had a night job to get to after teaching 2nd graders all day, and I had a headache like no other. I was discouraged and jammed that junk down. It was like a breath of fresh air to my detoxing body, but succumbing to the toxic hunger and headache pain only prolongs suffering. I haven’t recovered from that choice as I type this journal on my 5th day! I am down a few pounds due to the mostly good choices I have been making.

I know where I went wrong. Because I was to have a fridge delivered on Day 2, I waited for food prep and didn’t purchase a lot of veggies and fruit thinking I would once the fridge was installed. Well, big surprise, the delivery was postponed by the company until next week. Food prep is essential. Another thing I did wrong was I didn’t have my meals planned. Silly, I know. When toxic brain sets in, not having a plan when you get home from work is dangerous!

By this point, I was using negative self-talk that I would never succeed! I am destined to be fat and unhealthy, yadda, yadda, yadda!

Well, after wise counsel from many supporters in our group, I have a definite plan for success. I reread and listened to Chapter 8 in Eat to Live. Empowering. Some helpful advice from Dr. Furhman, “…but don’t fret if you are too full and can’t eat the whole pound. It is merely a goal; just relax and enjoy eating.” He suggests keeping it simple so I know what to eat when there is not time to decide…or no fridge to hold prepped food. I do not need to prepare fancy recipes all the time. From the ETL book, Breakfast: fresh fruit, Lunch: Salad and beans on top with more fruit, Dinner: salad and two cooked vegetables and fruit dessert. This is very doable and simple going into my next week fridgeless.

My action plan for success in week 2: Eat a little green/raw at each meal rather than trying to get it down in one meal. Have the same meals that I enjoy and fill me up at breakfast and lunch (smoothie for breakfast with greens and fruit, salad and lentil soup for lunch). Plan my whole week using the simplify version from book on pg. 223. When I am feeling weak and want to indulge, I am going to watch an Elisha video or read from Fast Food Genocide!

I know I can do this! Each week does get easier, but truthfully, the first week is really the hardest for me. I have quit many times during the first week of Eating to Live and re-trying months later! I have made it past the first week several times, and I know it is easier AND I feel soooo much better and clearer as time goes on.

I treated myself this week to a new bottle of EPA/DHA. I haven’t had this for years. This will be better for me than the diet Coke.

About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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