It is taking me some time to read slowing through the book I am using for the basis of my choice to change my life by working with diet. This green vegetable juice cleansing process has taken away most of my energy. I am moving – and thinking – much more slowly than I am used to. But I bet this is part of what this level of deep healing needs.
I found a section today that I found interesting, helpful to me, and perhaps of use to this blog’s readers. So for informational purposes only I am going to copy some of the words of Shelley Redford Young and Robert O. Young, who wrote The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health into this post. That’s about all the energy I can find at the moment – energy to move my fingers!
“Some psychologists talk about levels of “discounting” when it comes to problems, a process of not seeing reality clearly enough, ignoring the importance of some aspect of a problem or situation. Discounting can harm you and hold you back. If you cross the street without looking both ways, you are discounting several things such as your health, life, family and friends, various responsibilities, finances, consideration for motorists, and so on. The higher the level of discounting, the more potentially serious a problem might be.
“The first or highest level of discounting is to deny the existence of a problem. We see this with addictions like alcoholism all the time. But we may be discounting the existence of any number of problems — not just addictions. For example, many people consider as normal the long list of symptoms that plague so many of us, like excess weight, fatigue, skin problems, anxiety, depression, allergies, irritability, the flue, indigestion, headaches, PMS, high blood pressure, yeast, food cravings, and getting one or two colds a year. These problems may be typical. They may even be statistically average. But they are not normal in a healthy body. Calling them normal is discounting the existence of a problem. If you don’t admit to yourself that excess weight or headaches or indigestion are a problem, then you are certainly not likely to address them.
“The next level of discounting is to admit the existence of a problem but to deny that it is important. “Yes, I get very tired all the time, but it’s no big deal. I just take a little nap during the day and I’m fine.” The next level of discounting is to admit that a problem exists, and admit that it could be a serious sign of something, but to discount that there is much that anyone can do about it. “Yes, I’m forty pounds overweight, and yes that’s probably making my heart work too hard, but half the world is overweight and doctors admit they have very little success in helping people lose weight and keep it off. In the long run, people just can’t change certain things.”
“The final level of discounting is to admit the existence of a problem, admit that it could be important, admit that some people can change, but conclude that you cannot change. “Yes, I know that many people have given up this terrible and dangerous habit of smoking, but I’ve tried everything and I can’t do it.” Or, “Yes, I know that my terrible indigestion is bad for me, that it could lead to other problems, and that being on pills for the rest of my life is not a good solution. I have one friend who gave up coffee but she has more willpower than I do. Besides, when I go out with people, I just can’t find anything good to eat that’s supposedly healthy. So what can I do? I just get so tired of beating my head against the wall!”
“News flash! There are solutions to life’s problems, and there are many positive ways to approach them. This new updated version of The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health clearly shows you personally can solve both the little health problems and the big health problems. Meanwhile, you can eat plenty of delicious food and regain a feeling of health that you have not experienced for many years. But you cannot discount at any level the reality of whatever it is that you are dealing with. In order to be motivated to make the changes, you first have to be realistic about the existence of problems, their level of seriousness, and the fact that there are solutions that you can implement in your own life.” (Pages 233-234)
The authors next include clear and helpful information in depth related to making a committment to take charge of you health – these are only the chapter subtitles:
Step 1: Define and Record Your Motivation
Step 2: Set a Realistic and Appropriate Plan
Step 3: Practice Your New Habits
Step 4: Evaluate, Review, and Reward Your Progress
Step 5: If You Fall Off the Wagon, SImply Get Back On Again
The next section of the book is about “WHAT YOU THINK, MATTERS.” I am considering including that part in my next post.
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