3 Day Challenge

We are only 8 days away from the new year, 2014 is almost here. Here come the New Year Resolutions!

Here are some of the old favorites:

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I think you set yourself up for failure with such huge expectations, and all to start on one day. Ugh. Just the thought of tackling the huge lists is overwhelming. So where do you begin, and what can you do?

I can’t tell you how to be a more patient mother or father. I can’t force you to go to the gym everyday. I can’t go shopping with you and tell you not to buy that purse, the one you don’t need. I can help you start small with changing just a bit in your diet.

I offer up to you a really simple 3-day challenge.

I recently fell off the wagon. My cheese addiction had reared its ugly head and taken over my life. I literally could not get enough. My mom tells me that as a little girl all I wanted was cheese, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, veggies with cheese, just plain cheese. It makes me feel good. When I eat cheese I definitely feel a change in the chemicals in my brain, a release of dopamine, a rush. Ah, yes it’s my feel good food. At times I can control it, at times I just become lazy and give in to the dopamine rush.

i love cheese

That pretty much sums it up for me.

I returned from California last week and decided it was time to make a change. I honestly thought that I was going to struggle to give up dairy. My goal is not to forever eliminate, but to temporarily eliminate. What happens when you cut that leg off for a while? I was going to find out.

The past month I have been in severe pain everyday. I recently had my thyroid medication lowered down, and it has negatively impacted my body. The pain in my joints is at an all time high. Dairy causes inflammation, it didn’t take me but a second to realize it was the first thing I needed to let go.

I was at a point where I was eating dairy at every meal. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to just stop that on a dime.

I did!

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My goal was to get to a place where I could eat small amounts of dairy. I am typically not one who can just eat a little dairy, if it is in front of me I will eat a lot of it. I wanted to get to a place where I could take it or leave it, enjoy it as a treat, rather than a staple of my diet.

Tuesday of last week I started the day with my intention. I would not eat any dairy. I made it the first day and by the second day my craving was starting to wean. By the end of the second day I wasn’t even thinking about dairy. The 3rd day came and went uneventfully. Here I am on day 7 and I have only had a tiny amount of dairy. I made delicious meatballs with our deer meat on Friday. I used a small amount of parmesan cheese in the meatballs, I didn’t even eat any when I was grating it. Huge success. It only took 3 days to re train my brain.

You can do it. Don’t bog yourself down with a huge list of resolutions that you HAVE to attain. Start small, make it manageable. Give yourself 3 days. Is there food that you want to eliminate from your diet? Is there a shift in your eating patterns that you want to change? Give yourself 3 days. I am not telling you that this is a magic pill. I am not saying that in 3 days you can go from eating McDonald’s everyday to eating a raw food diet, and be forever changed. What I am telling you is that you can help shift food cravings and habits in a short amount of time. Once you begin to make the shifts you must keep moving forward. Keep finding other replacement foods for your new diet. Keep making small changes along the way. You can’t climb to Mt. Everest in one day, and you can’t completely change your life in one day either. You can climb the  small summits along the way. You can ascend just a bit each day. You will eventually get to the top.

What are some of the changes you want to make on your 3 day challenge? I would love to hear from all of you. What small summit do you think you can make in your 3 days?

I am so excited to hear from all of you!

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