The Powerful Freedom of Abstinence
Per someone’s request, I’m going to share a post that I wrote years ago about abstinence.
I wrote it soon after losing one hundred pounds – way before I ever learned about the science of food addiction, dopamine receptors, and the addictive power of metabolic wastes.
Did you know that the build up of toxins (poisonous metabolites) in the body from lack of nutrients creates an addiction that is just as powerful as the addiction to cocaine?!
Back then, I just knew from experience and many failures throughout the years that compromises (aka crossing boundary lines) didn’t work.
The compromises always broke my resolve.
But, I had no clue why.
In subsequent posts, I’ll be teaching the science behind food addiction and why those compromises cause us to fall flat on our faces.
One bite of an addictive substance truly does open the floodgates of cravings – maybe not instantly – but eventually, they will take over.
There is science available to us now to prove it.
Thank you, Lisa, for suggesting the following post; it’s a good place to start!
The Powerful Freedom of Abstinence
(c) Emily Boller
Abstinence is staying within the picket fence around us called “boundaries.”
The purpose of a boundary is to keep us safe.
The nutritional wisdom and guidelines in Dr. Fuhrman’s books, if followed, keep us safe — free from food addiction and disease.
There are also many pleasurable perks within the picket fence: a clear mind, boundless energy, clothes that fit, medications tossed, money saved . . . the list can go on for miles.
Seeds of abstinence sown into the soil of our lives will eventually produce a harvest of freedom from addiction.
We may have imperfect “slip ups,” especially in those first few weeks and months of getting rid of toxins that have built up in our bodies throughout the years.
However, the key to success is to recognize and acknowledge the slip up when it happens and quickly continue on the path toward freedom.
If one has sown seeds of compromise for several days, weeks, or even months, now is the time to stop.
Stop immediately – and continue on.
If you wait until tomorrow, you will have another excuse tomorrow to put it off yet another day.
Forget the past.
The past is the past.
Let it go.
There’s nothing that can be done about it and dwelling on the misery is counterproductive to freedom and optimal health.
Dust the dirt off and roll up the sleeves.
Fix the nicks and dents in the picket fence by reviewing articles or books that have helped you in the past.
Establish clear boundary lines again.
Ask for help from like-minded friends so they can support you.
Abstain from making fancy desserts, or going places that entice compromises until the tastebuds have readjusted to enjoy the subtle flavors of vegetables again.
Turn off the news and/or Facebook and go outside for a walk instead.
Embrace the mindset to nurture and gently care for your body – the backbone of superior health.
It may take several weeks or months to get back to living in complete freedom from addiction again, but it will be well worth it!
There is freedom in boundaries.
Abstinence is the key to success.
Let’s all enjoy living within the picket fence today!
The freedom that comes from abstinence is not a “have to” . . . but a “get to!”
Freedom to all!
Disclaimer: Although I am an alumna of Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Education Institute and have passed the certificate programs in Basic Nutrition and The Science of the Nutritarian Diet — I am not a physician. A health care professional should be consulted if you are requiring medical attention.