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Settling for crumbs doesn’t keep you fed – it keeps you starving.

– Danielle LaPorte

This quote clearly is about what we are willing to accept from sub-par relationships that are unhealthy or imbalanced, but I think it applies just as well to the way we eat. You cannot starve yourself to wellness!

Have you ever been on a diet?

There are certainly plenty of them to choose from. In fact, the list of diets on Wikipedia numbers over 90! You can choose a belief based diet like the Hallelujah diet, a vegetarian diet (or one if its sub-categories of lacto, lacto-ovo or vegan). There are diets promoting low calories, low sodium, low fat, low protein (or high protein), or low, slow or no carbohydrates. The worst of the lot are the “crash” diets like those that encourage copious amounts of grapefruit juice or cabbage soup. Or, you might consider the Blood Type diet, the Zone diet, Sugar Busters, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-system, Macrobiotic or Mediterranean.

Too often though, diets are simply temporary states of deprivation during which you obsess over the things you are depriving yourself. Sort of like that unhealthy relationship! As soon as you get to or even near your goal weight, you begin to reward yourself with the very things you've been avoiding. And diets that focus on just one thing or those that eliminate several things? They're out of balance. You won't get the benefits you need from what you're not eating!

It's time to forget about diets!

Improving eating habits combined with exercise is the only effective way to achieve and maintain positive health. Putting it into consistent practice remains the tough part.

As adults, we often struggle with habits we developed earlier in life. What we need is a natural inclination to choose well; what we typically have is a whole lot of bad habits and wavering willpower.

Wouldn’t you love to feel great? And what if it was easier than you think?

Science used to believe we were all “set in stone” in early childhood but now recognizes that neuroplasticity is a fact. Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of your brain to change throughout your life. It’s capable of both restructuring and reorganizing. And, one of the most effective ways to get new information to override the old… repetition and rhymes. This is the reason I wrote the children’s books in a rhyming format. By reading and rereading these books, you can quickly assimilate the information that will help you better plan your meals and your trips to the grocery story.

Here’s a little secret: These books are not just for kids!

Stop settling for less than all of nature’s incredible bounty! Learn to work with your deliberately designed system and enjoy the benefits of Permanent Positive Health! Remember, you deserve delicious, savory and satisfying full-course meals in all areas of your life! Happy Valentine's Day!

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