I want to share some gratitude and a subtle lesson I learned.
My son received some candy from his school Halloween party at the time I am writing this. I suggested to him that he could go through his bag of goodies over the weekend. I was kind of pleased that he forgot about the candy bag for a few days all together…! We decided together on the idea that he would make three piles of his treats: (YES, NO, MAYBE).
He took about 30 minutes to sort through all of his little goody bags and treats from friends, putting things into the “YES” pile, “NO” pile and “MAYBE” pile.
I personally took a long shower while he did this (self care at it’s best).
I also wanted to empower him to make his own choices about his treats without me around.
When I returned to him, he was so proud to show me how huge his “NO” pile was. He had 4 items in the “MAYBE” PILE that he needed my help with deciding on and then he kept around 15 items in the “YES” pile.
He was so excited to throw away the stuff from his “NO” pile and wanted to share with my man and I how large it was.
I asked him about his “NO” pile and he said this, “it’s so big because I don’t need to keep things that won’t make me feel good, mommy”.
In other words, sometimes saying NO gives us tremendous freedom and joy to enjoy what is right in front of us fully and completely.
Saying NO is saying YES to you.
SAYING NO is releasing guilt and weight of things that aren’t aligned with what we really need.
When it comes to food and sweet treats – willpower is not as important as you think it is — trust me, it really isn’t.
It’s about taking action to change your taste buds and sometimes we have to have periods of time of saying “NO” in order to take action to change those taste buds.
THE ACTION TAKING COMES BEFORE THE WILLPOWER DOES.
“Action precedes motivation”
First we take action, then we feel confidence and proud of ourself, therefore increasing willpower and motivation.
If you wait around for Willpower to come first (before action taking), you’ll be waiting a long time.
Sometimes we need support, structure and community to do it.
And all the time, we need a RESET to calm our body of inflammation so that beautiful body can do it’s job at balancing and thriving.
By the way, the 18 Day Love Yourself Naked Cleanse Challenge could be perfectly timed to break your tastebuds of those sweet sensations – and they will need it desperately after holidays.
We begin with the “pre-cleanse” in the first few days, which gives you plenty of time to shop, get used to the plan, delicious recipes and what you’ll be doing in the days ahead.
The “main cleanse” begins between days 4-5 of the cleanse so don’t worry if you feel you “don’t have time to prepare”, you will have plenty of time – I designed it so you could ease yourself into this.
Also, saying YES to you and NO to inflammatory foods for just 18 days could be the biggest life change you’ve ever had.
It was for me. About 12 years ago, I reluctantly signed up for a cleanse that led me to now writing this note to you… it was the catalyst that changed my entire life and I’d be remiss if I didn’t get to pay that forward.
PS. Click here for details and registration for the cleanse.