Dr Oz One Day Diet Challenge

9 days ago, I stopped eating sugar.
All sugar.
No chocolate, no cakes, no biscuits, no ice cream, no yogurt, no lollies, not even honey or maple syrup.
Nil, nada, nought, nothing. Zip. Diddly-squat.
It’s not an easy task as not only is sugar in the fun stuff, (and my favourite recipes to collect- I have folders full!!!)
it’s also in most everyday foods, even the organic stuff.
So it is pretty much back to basics- full fat versions of cheese, meat, dairy, vegetables and a little bit of fruit (the fibre in whole fruit helps to digest the frustose).
Whilst I’m hoping one plus will be a few pesky kilos disappearing,removing sugar is more about long-term health and vitality (and diabetes prevention).  I’ve done it before, (7 YEARS of NO chocolate at all!!!! Sad but true ) but let sugar creep back in and cravings returned with a vengeance when I broke the chocolate drought in 2010!
But you know what has been my breakthrough in getting over the cravings…
The idea of a ‘One Day Diet’.
I read the article “Dr Oz One Day Diet” by Dr Mehmet Oz in a recent Good Housekeeping and it is full of good tips.
But it is more the IDEA of a one day  diet that I like!

Anyone can do anything for ONE DAY.
(or sometime during that ‘one day’).

Whether that is to eat well, stop worrying, exercise, practice being more loving to our children, speak only kind and positive words, refrain from gossip,  massage your husband’s back, or ring your mum, if we can think of it as a renewable task with an element of choice in a conservative time-frame, somehow it seems much much easier, don’t you think??

I can easily overcome my cravings for sugar if it is just for one day.  No worries.

This One-Day habit can become a principle to also inspire our creative practice.
We can all make a commitment to do something, one little creative thing, today.
And the days add up.

Even if we only spend 5 minutes each day, our long held dream of a ‘beloved t-shirt and fave fabric scrap’ quilt will soon be accomplished, and sitting pretty on our bed!
A page a day of our scrapbook and the family album will be done.
Reading one article or writing 500 words for our graphic design course, or 20 sentences of our screenplay, or 3 pages of our novel-
yep, can do it today for sure.

Some of you may remember that I have ‘Carpe Diem’ tattooed on my foot.
‘Seize the Day’.   It is there to remind me, (and I need reminding often!).
Won’t you join me?

Yep, today we can seize the day, and we will!

by the famous Indian dramatist, Kalidasa.

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities# and realities of your existence

*The bliss of growth
*The glory of action
*The splendour of achievement

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn. 

#verities= truths, principles

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