Tips for getting started
Getting started can be daunting for some people. I’ll just have that last muffin, ice-cream, cookie.. (whatever your must have food is) First – this is not the rest of your life – you are doing an experiment to see what will happen to your life and health if you forgo agricultural foods for just 30 – 50 days. 6 weeks in your entire life – we are not talking about a long time here. But if you don’t try – you will never know.
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you do the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
You just need to make up your mind!
In my observation – all YOU need to do is CHOOSE. I love this quote:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. … the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
William Hutchinson Murray
Choose now – and then start taking action in line with your commitment.
This might include:
1. Write down meal ideas for the next 3- 6 meals (if you are stuck for meals see meals section in this blog)
2. Go shopping, include a large range of food to choose from, make sure you have 2 days or more worth of food
3. Clean out the pantry and fridge – remove ALL temptation, give it away, throw it away.
4. Tell someone. Make your commitment known.
5. Whether or not your partner, kids, friends or family agree with you – remember this is your choice and your life and your health. If they choose differently that’s fine. Stay strong to yourself.
6. Take your measurements and make a note of all your health issues. In 6 weeks time you will be surprised at what will have changed.
Measurements and Health questions:
Weight __________ Waist at Navel, keep tape level – look in the mirror, in morning before breakfast ________________ Hips – at biggest part females only __________
Body fat % if known_________________ Method used ___________________
Medical test results if you have them
Heart / circulation
Cholesterol: Total______ HDL________ LDL _________ TG ___________ Ratio ____
C-Reactive Protein ________________ HbA1c or fasting glucose _____________
Other Drs test results if applicable
Blood pressure (as recent as possible)
Health Checklist – please write short note about any health problems
Blood sugar problems – reactive hypoglycemia, diabetes 1 or 2
Carbohydrate (sweet or starch) cravings – at what time after a meal / Intensity
Joints / arthritis
Muscular / OOS / Fibromyalgia
Chronic Pain, where? How long for?
Headaches / Migraines
Respiratory / lungs / asthma / breathing problems / Excess mucus / allergies
Frequent colds, flu or other infections
Food intolerance, sensitivity (if so how was this determined?)
Indigestion / GERD / bloating / IBS / constipation / leaky gut / diarrhea / gall bladder
Liver / fatty liver / abnormal tests
Skin problems eg dry, acne, fast ageing / Eczema, psoriasis, rash
Brittle nails or hair
Fluid retention – eg. Puffy / fluidy feet hands ankles / eyes etc.
Hormonal e.g. thyroid, adrenals other
Auto immune disease – what type, what current symptoms
Male problems e.g. prostate, ED
Gynecological: female hormonal problems e.g. menopausal, PCOS / PMT /Period pain
Weight gain / loss recently
Do you think your weight is ideal, if not what?
Energy levels out of 10
Fatigue – what time of day
Recovery after exercise
Sleep problems / Waking in the night
Alert or Groggy on waking
Sense of wellbeing / depression