The following is an excerpt from the first draft of my next book. It will be a compilation of tips and actionable ideas for self-improvement. I have not decided on the title yet.
Sometimes the old cliches are old and overused because they are timeless truths. “You are what you eat” is one such truth. Think of your body as a system that has inputs and outputs. Every moment, you output from your body. Dead skin. Sweat. Heat. And that’s not even mentioning the obvious outputs from your body. Since you cannot create or destroy matter, as per the laws of physics, you must replenish what you lose. Everything you eat or drink becomes new cells in your body, or gets purged. In that sense, “you are what you eat” is quite literal.
I’m not here to tell you what you can or can’t eat. Each person has a unique body composition, situation, and goals. An ideal diet for one person can kill another person. Instead, I want to give you a list of ideas to consider when looking at your own diet. I am not a doctor. If you see an idea you want to try, please discuss it with your doctor before starting.
One more note. Do you ever wonder why there are so many diet books and programs? I’ve tried at least a dozen different diets. They all work if you follow the instructions to the letter. But most people don’t. They bounce around between different diets and quit whenever one gets too inconvenient. Changing habits is hard. It’s especially hard in a world where decadent pleasure foods are abundant. But there is a solution. You need an exit plan.
Whenever you make a change to your diet, think of it as a short-term change. Give yourself 30 days to try the diet. If after 30 days it doesn’t work out, you have permission to quit. It doesn’t even have to be as long as 30 days. Are you thinking of going vegan? Try it for one week. Or even one day. The goal is not all or nothing. The goal is to take action. Eating healthier for one day is better than taking the stagnant path of doing nothing.