Friday, January 4, 2008

Saying "NO" to making Resolutions - "YES" to Lifetime changes!

At the Smith house, 2008 rang in quiet and uneventful. Hubby and baby girl were asleep. I just happened to wake up at midnight as firecrackers exploded through the neighborhood. I looked out the windows, but didn't see any sparks. Yet they were out there, somewhere.

Across the street, and judging by the number of cars lined in front of the neighbor's house and mine, I decided they were having a party. I went on to bed. After surviving the hullabaloo that came with Y2K, I think every year after 2000 will come for me with a shrug and "'Eh, big deal."

I didn't make any resolutions this year. I stopped making them a few years ago. New Year's Resolutions just set me up for failure. Like I've mentioned my problem with weight loss plans--I'd start a diet and rebel immediately. I bet I was the only member of my Weight Watchers group that consistently gained weight. Had I been a celebrity and on the plan, they would've paid me to get off the diet.

I started making some changes at the end of 2007. In December, I started the book The Hallelujah Diet by George Malkmus. Visit the Hallelujah Acres website by clicking here. This diet is adopted totally from the Word, specifically Genesis 1:29.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat {food}.

I decided I could not live on veggies and fruit alone. Not immediately. Perhaps this is something I can gradually change over the course of my lifetime. However, there was one thing I could start doing that would definitely impact my health. I bought a juicer. I couldn't afford the juicers the Hallelujah Diet folks suggest, so I bought a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. So far so good. I've juiced every other day this week. My husband has juiced twice. We've decided this will be a good way for us to get fruits and veggies in our system. We can't seem to snack on a celery stick or carrot. I can't reach for an apple when I want something sweet, not when that chocolate candy is so appealing!

I can honestly say after juicing a fresh carrot, apple, orange, celery, sweet potato, etc (There's just a wide variety of mixtures you can come up with) I felt a natural energy.

The Hallelujah Diet taught me I'd been eating dead foods all my life. I loved hamburgers as a kid. I still do. I love french fries. I love sweets: chocolate, cake, not necessarily in that order. But I love every food that is bad for me. And as I've gotten older, I've slowly realized that eating a Quarter Pounder and French Fries for lunch will fill me up briefly, but within two hours I'm searching for something else to eat.

By juicing fresh fruits and vegetables, I feel full. The feeling is close to immediate. My body is getting the nutrients it needs so much quicker than when I eat meat and white bread and deep fried potatoes.

The process of replacing dead foods with live foods will have to be a slow process for me. I can't stop cold turkey. I'm too easily swayed to rebel. The knowledge I've gathered from this book, facts that has been readily available to me for years yet I've chosen to ignore, is the difference between what God put on the earth for us to consume and what man has made - which is not good for us at all.

So I'm making changes in my life, but I'm not resolving to do it all in 2008. My life time goal is to be able to go into a McDonald's or other fast food establishment and order a salad. Say NO to the cheeseburger and fries. And feel good about my decision!

5 comments:

  1. Interesting concept. I'm proud of you for making a conscious effort to eat better. I'm trying to do the same thing. I'm beginning to realize that I won't be invincible forever and that I'd better start taking care of this body before it starts falling apart.

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  2. I've realized the same thing, Mindy. Right after my blood pressure starting creeping up. I haven't tried juicing yet, Christy. And I'm a major carnivore :), but it've been exercising some and trying to cut out salt. I've been eating healthy fats for a while (mostly olive and canola oil), working in salmon about once a week, etc. And at my well visit recently, my blood work (and blood pressure) came out excellent! I'm thrilled it's working.

    Missy

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  3. Christy,
    We too are looking at food changes. Not a diet per say, but a healthier way of eating. I think the more knowledge we gain about food the easier it is to do what we should do.

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  4. I bought this book - The Hallelujah Diet - about a year ago. For the last few months, I'd been really frustrated about the roller coaster my emotions had been on. My husband deals with digestive problems.

    Early in December, I just remembered one day that I had bought this book. I had actually boxed it up to take to a used book store with many other books I haven't read in ages. Anyway, I had this feeling come over me that I should read this diet book. I picked it up and started reading it. My daughter got sick the same weekend and wanted me to hold her most of the day. I literally read the book in nearly one day. This is non-fiction, folks. Not like me to do that. Like I said, I'm not ready to go Vegan. But the spiritual aspect of the book really spoke to me and the fact of what we put in our body makes such a difference in our current health. Some of the success stories were amazing. I mean, we've got people who are diagnosed with cancer and given little options who go on this diet - eating only living foods and only a small percentage of cooked vegetables and they report their cancer is gone. There are many more amazing stories.

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  5. I began changing 4 years ago. It took me a long time to change. I did join Weight Watchers and had my first real success. I made lifetime last May of '07. But the most important thing I learned was to allow myself to change one thing at a time. So now I'm willing to take steps in the right direction. The more steps, the closer I get to my target. So get this, my doc now has given me a warning to get off fake sugar. sigh. I just learned to use it a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, it causes me severe headaches. He asked me one question, "Will you stop?"
    Yes. I'll stop. And today drinking water only...sigh. But again, I don't want to go the direction my mom did with strokes and heart trouble on top of diabetes.

    So, it's not a resolution at all, but I will no longer eat fake sugars. I'm learning how to use honey grown in my area and minimize all other sugar.

    Angie

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