That's all I remember. Anyone recognize that quote? My older sister used to say it all the time. I think it's Lewis Carroll, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, back to the actual reason I'm writing this post. The time has come to start another Eat Healthy Or Pay Dearly Challenge! I know it's been a couple years since my last one, so I'll go ahead and explain what an EHOPD Challenge is real quick. If you already know, feel free to skip down to the bottom.
....I've spent the past twenty minutes struggling (and failing) to come up with a concise, interesting way to explain the EHOPD Challenge. So I'll skip the interesting and just stick with concise.
1) I have an extremely difficult time eating healthy. I am super lazy and super addicted to sweets. Between the two, my diet is crap.
2) I have found through past experience that a Paleo diet is a very good fit for me. I have bad reactions to gluten and dairy (fatigue, irritability, mood-swings, acne, fuzzy-brain-edness, bloating, to name a few)
3) When I stick with Paleo, my bad reactions virtually disappear (along with seasonal allergies and a butt-load of weight). My depression and anxiety, which I have suffered from since forever, are also greatly alleviated.
4) You would think that between #s 2 and 3 I'd be able to get my act together and just eat Paleo naturally, but no. (See #1 above.)
5) A few years ago I came across the only thing that works for me when it comes to eating healthy. I call it the Eat Healthy or Pay Dearly Challenge (EHOPD). It motives me in a way that looming diabetes, weight gain, feeling like crap, and other negative consequences never have. And it does so because it produces instant, earth-shattering consequences for eating unhealthy food. Here's how:
If I eat ANYTHING not within the parameters that I set up for myself in the EHOPD Challenge, then I will give away 10 of my books to each person who comments here or on the Facebook status linking to this blog post. So if 8 people comment, I have to give away 80 books. 12 people = 120 books. It's that simple.
6) This works for me because A) I LOVE my books and will do pretty much anything not to lose them, and B) It takes willpower out of the picture. I know I CAN'T eat that piece of pie because I'll lose my books. Boom! Temptation gone, no willpower needed.
7) I have successfully completed 3-4 EHOPD Challenges before this. The one before this lasted one year. I know all this sounds extreme, but if works really well for me. If you'd like to read about my past EHOPD Challenges, click here.
Without further ado...
Welcome to the 2016 (And Beyond!)
Eat Healthy or Pay Dearly Challenge
I will keep my diet within the parameters described below for one year, starting June 27, 2016. On June 27, 2017 and thereafter, I can stop the challenge anytime I want, provide I post my intention to do so on my blog 30 days in advance.
If I do not successfully complete the EHOPD Challenge, I hereby promise to give each person who comments here or on Facebook 10 of my books of their choice. First person to comment gets first pick, and so on. If the number of commenters x 10 exceeds the number of books that I own, I will divide my books evenly among the commenters.
(The rest of the rules are more for my benefit, so feel free to skip all this. It's a bit tedious.)
- No processed food (no chemicals, additives, food coloring, etc)
- No cane or beet sugar
- Honey, pure maple syrup/sugar, and coconut sugar are allowed on rare occasions
- No grains
- No dairy
- No legumes
- No potatoes
- Exceptions to the above are: food from my garden; high-quality, grass-fed butter; sweet potatoes; Steve's Black Bean Chili
- No cheat days/meals/whatever. No exceptions. (I found that when I have cheats, I tend to obsess about them. It's just easier not to have them.
- The Challenge can be paused in the event of the following: We move (pause lasts no more than 2 weeks -one week before and one week after the move date), I am hospitalized (pause lasts until I am reasonably healthy), or I am at an out-of-town retreat in which I am not in control of the menu (pause lasts only as long as the event). During a pause I am allowed to eat non-Paleo food, but anything with processed sugar is NOT allowed.
- The Challenge will automatically terminate in the event of death in the family, or other extreme, life-altering event. Like a zombie apocalypse.
Go forth and comment!