I am a counselor for a living, and one great technique I tend to point out is when someone uses the word, "but" in the middle of a sentence. Like this....
"I wanted to say I was sorry, but I thought if I did....blah blah blah."
Everything after the "but" is white noise, pointless, and an excuse. I try not to use but, BUT it's not easy.
When it comes to my eating, I try to be pretty spot on. I am not perfect. I indulge. I have to. It keeps things real. This blog keeps me motivated, on track.........focused most of the time. MOST. Since I work in a school, I have the past two weeks off. I've had my favorite hoppy suds. I've eaten more than I should have, yet it's not a habit. I get right back on the train the next day and get it going in the right direction. Not the case a year ago. Not the case before I educated myself. Before I found the resources and people with whom I surround myself with now.
When I return to work on January 3rd, it's game on. Another 30 day Paleo challenge (and I'll report on my journey regularly). However, 95% of the week I don't diet. I HAVE a diet. And it consists of foods that are:
PALEO (most of the time)
That's easier than listing all the crap I don't eat. i.e. high fructose corn syrup, sugar, pop/soda, etc.....
I don't eat perfectly all the time. Bu.....er.....at the same time.......
My father lost his battle with cancer 8 years ago. He had just retired, was a traveling the world, and adored his grandchildren, my sister's kids. He never got to meet my kids. My first child was born a year after his passing. Cancer struck. I hate cancer. However, I never met my paternal grandfather. Cancer got him before my dad was in college. You see where I'm going?
I want to do all I can in my time on this planet to make sure that I see my grandchildren. So that I can break the cycle. While I will let myself indulge around the holidays, I no longer fall off all the way like I used to. I think it's because I finally have that balance:
The food knowledge + a consistent mode of exercise that I enjoy.
There are a ton of resources out there about how certain foods can cause cancer and how others can help prevent them. Here's a few I've found....
I will say that I don't get consumed in reading all the research and proving what works and what doesn't. This is a choice I make. I feel better when I eat this way, and I don't want to feel the other way. I'd rather give this a shot seeing as though we have to eat. I'd rather eat my way to preventing THE BIG C rather than popping pills to do so some day.
I want to see my grandchildren someday. Plain and simple.