I cannot over-emphasize the importance of making a 30-Day Commitment when you are ready to give Paleo a try. If you are like I was, you probably say every day “I’m going to eat healthier tomorrow.” That kind of flaky, maybe-I-will-maybe-I-won’t phrase will not get you anywhere. Trust me. I said it for a few years, and all the while I was also complaining about how my jeans were fitting.
Are you aware of the fact that if you just DO IT CONSISTENTLY for 30 days, you can erase most of those problems? For the life of me, I cannot understand why people won’t just make a little sacrifice for the amazing results!
Yes, starting something new does require a little sacrifice. Any time you make changes to habits that have formed in your life, you’re going to experience a little stress as you adjust to the change. Will the adjustment kill you? Um, no. Will it be hard? Maybe for a little while, but not long-term.
There are multiple reasons why a 30-Day Commitment is VITAL to success:
1. It ensures that you have time to break old habits, and build new habits. Have you ever heard the statement “it takes 21 days to form a habit”? I believe that whole-heartedly. And just to be sure, take 30 days just to really cement it. You can’t just decide one day to eat healthier, and then expect it to happen automatically. It requires a little discipline, a little sacrifice, and a little effort… all things that most Americans do not enjoy.
2. It makes the goal more do-able. Think about it… saying “I’m going to eat healthier for 30 days” is a much more attainable goal than saying “I’m going to eat healthier from now on.” It’s just 30 days! You can do anything for 30 days! When you’re having a craving for potato chips, you can just remind yourself that you’re only doing this for 30 days (and we’ll see if you still want them after 30 days… we’re breaking habits, remember?).
If it helps you to keep that 30-day mentality, then do that! Just try it, and see how you feel. Don’t go into it thinking “it’s time to change everything about the way I eat forever,” just think “I’m testing this for 30 days.”
3. It forces you to REALLY make a commitment. If you think you want to give Paleo a try, but your kitchen is still full of grains, dairy, sugar, etc., you are very likely to just slip back into old habits in a moment of weakness. But if you’ve made a real COMMITMENT, you will make the effort to remove temptation so you can’t slip up. Cleaning out your kitchen is SO important. If you come home starving, and you have a bag of nachos in your cabinet, you are just begging for failure. Hunger is a powerful motivator. If there are no nachos in the house, you will not have to fight that battle, and you will probably take the time to whip up a healthy alternative. And then you won’t have the belly-gain OR the guilt.
You may feel a little yucky the first week. I will explain why this occurs in a later post. In the meantime, be assured that the feelings will pass, and the results are more than worth it.
4. It allows you time to experience the complete results. If you are doing a little Paleo eating, but are still having a slice of bread every few days, you are robbing yourself of the amazing results that come from a good 30-day cleanse. Grain is a gut-irritant, and gut irritation causes numerous problems- from bad digestion and belly-bulge, to inability to absorb nutrients and the health effects that come from vitamin deficiency. It takes several weeks for the gut lining to heal, and for the inflammation to decrease. Give your gut the time it needs to heal, and see how you look, feel, and perform!
You might not even know how the foods you’re eating are contributing to negative health effects. I can guarantee that you will get some great results! It’s the same with dairy… go without it for enough time, and you will probably see your acne start to disappear and your digestion start to improve. These results cannot be achieved by just doing a few good meals here and there. Sorry!
So what do I do now?
The easiest way to go about this is to decide on a date (tomorrow???), throw out ALL, and I mean ALL,the off-limits foods in the house (don’t be stingy and worry about wasting food- it’s trash that no one should be eating anyway!), and make sure you have other alternatives ready. There are thousands of healthy things to eat, and a ton of them are delicious (have you seen my Food Diary?). You just have to make up your mind and DO IT.
Check out the results of our Whole30 and what we learned. I highly recommend that you set a date, and start your own Whole30 ASAP. Click here to buy the guidebook… it is super-helpful to help you get started!