I was just going to post something like this e.greenleaf! For about 6 weeks I've been cutting out meat and as much dairy as possible (slow transition). However, I gave into some ice cream and some of the traditional Thanksgiving meals Thursday and .... I now have a cold (possibly linked to dairy?), stomach problems and my body is just craving the kind foods again!! I must admit though, I am a bit thankful for the experience because I know realize that your body does tell you what it does and doesn't like and I am learning to listen to it!!
It's so true! After taking relly good care of yourself through diet and excercise, a slip up really hurts...literally! I went to my in-laws for Thanksgiving...Bad experience! I felt obligated to eat what they were having and I am still feeling boated. I hope that I don't make that mistake again!
I've had a similar experience. I followed the vegan diet really well for 6 weeks but have caved into some thanksgiving food (no meat, but sides and desserts) I swear my asthma is acting up, I have horrible indigestion and felt awful. Determined to become a superhero this week, when I need a grocery run, but am trying to eat really simple, clean foods til then.
We all want to do the right thing for ourselves and our bodies. This would appear to be be the best most positive way to motivate ourselves, to do the right thing because it is simply the right thing to do ( or in this case eat). Unfortunately human nature is more easily motivated by negative experiences. There is no more profoundly motivating experience than seeing cause and effect. When we experienced symptoms that directly result from our food choices, we can recall those memories at a later date to help motivate us. Yummy foods are a challenge to avoid. The consequences of what we eat, may help motivate us to make that difficult choice of abstaining, at that moment when we are most vulnerable. Once you feel good for a couple weeks, you don't want to go backwards.