From an answer to a question I posted on the Beyond Diet member Ask section:
“David, Thanks for the info. You know, without doing the research myself I don’t doubt what you say is true. Here’s another example. Do you know that the majority of “raw” almonds from California are actually pasteurized? They’re cooked to a certain temperature by law and technically NOT “raw.” But just like the nitrate/nitrite issue you just brought up, crummy labeling and holes in the laws allow labeling issues like this to exist – leaving the consumer literally clueless as to what they are purchasing and consuming.
Having said that, the most important take away is that we have choices and the choices we make are at the heart of this program. You can choose to have regular or turkey bacon (regardless if it’s nitrate free) OR you can have a processed “eggo waffle” frozen from a box. We can fry an egg in whole, natural butter (organic or not) OR we can have an egg McMuffin from MikkeeDees. Have a bbq steak instead of fettuccine alfredo. Drink water instead of Diet Coke. Chose a handful of raw nuts, some nut butter and an apple instead of a bag of Cool ranch Doritos processed in hydrogenated vegetable oil. The list is endless. I’m sorry for hi-jacking your question David, I guess I’m just trying to make a point.
There is tons of research that says microwaving your food is harmful, changes molecular structures, etc. My point is that I would rather reheat leftover salmon in the microwave than eat mac-n-cheese from a box. It’s all relative and on balance there are bigger more important choices to make. In a perfect world I would have all grass-fed meat and all-natural, chemical free foods, but in the end I must make sound decisions with the choices I have.”
Really, this program is about choices. Life is all about the choices we make. And it’s not only about choices in the foods we eat or don’t eat; it is also very much about the choices we make every day in our attitude and approach. You made a choice to click on an Internet add. You chose to purchase a program to help you lose weight. Those are clear signs that you want help and you want to change. Whether it’s to lose a few pounds so you can get in to your favorite dress, or if you really need to lose a significant amount of weight, or simply because you want to have a more healthy eating lifestyle, you’re choosing to move in that direction.
The big choice, and this is a big one and THE most important. You’re choosing to COMMIT to a lifestyle change. And the only way you can be successful is by making up your mind that you need and want to change. Once you’ve made that decision, everything that follows will be <easier.> Notice I didn’t say it would be “easy,” only that you will make it that much more likely to succeed in your goals.
Can it really be as simple as choosing not to do something? Or choosing TO DO something? For some, I think it can be; for many others it will be more of a struggle. One of the very first steps I took when I started my new eating lifestyle was to quit drinking soda; specifically Diet Coke. It was my daily coffee. The very first thing I did in the morning was pop open a can of Diet Coke. I think what I really liked was the carbonated jolt that kinda woke me up. One day I just told myself that I no longer drank soda. Literally, one day I had a Diet Coke, the next day, and every day since, I have not had soda of any kind. For me at least, it was that simple. I chose not to drink soda any more. That was over a year ago and I haven’t looked back and I don’t miss it.
One thing that can be very helpful to folks is making your choices positive affirmations rather than negative ones. Rather than thinking or saying “I can’t go without my Diet Coke!” or “How can I not have sugar and creamer in my coffee????” Instead, affirm that you only drink healthy and natural fluids, “I no longer drink soda.” I’m a “former smoker” is something we often hear for those who have quit the habit (me being one of them) and so the same thing can be said now, “I’m a former soda drinker,” or “I’m a former sugar addict.”
Another suggestion. Think forward, not backward in time. Think about the wonderful and healthy foods available to you; look forward to your next meal. Don’t look back on what you used to eat, what you miss, or wish you could have. You’re now making choices about what you want to eat, drink and how you want to live. No sense looking back – other than of course to compare how much better you are now! 😉
In the end, what’s the saying, You are what you eat? Well, choose to commit to a new and healthy eating lifestyle. Choose to eat the right things, choose to be positive, choose to look forward and very soon you will change your life. It’s all about choices. It’s in all of us to be able to make those choices.