In January, I began a journey in self-discipline: I chose to do a three-week fast, followed by a seven-week elimination diet. I learned a few things along the way, and have continued to regulate what I eat on a day-to-day basis. The ultimate outcome is that I feel a lot better, and I can tell when I have eaten something to which my body is sensitive. The side benefits are that I lost weight, and I’m not as tired all the time.
I have talked with several people who told me they need to get themselves mentally prepared before beginning a new eating plan. This wasn’t the case for me – I decided I would do the fast, and I did it. I made a plan for what I would eat over the course of the three weeks, and stocked the house with allowable foods. I made it through the three weeks without cheating. I will say there were a few moments where it was really tough, and I just wanted it to be over; but I stayed the course. I had support from family members who were also fasting, and this made a big difference. Those first few weeks were the most challenging; but then it seemed to get easier.