Do you consider yourself a committed person? Are you the type of person that says "yes" and then stays the course? That's great! It's good to be that type of person.
But I want to convince you that their is power in saying "no" to things. You can show how committed you are to something by the things you say "no" to just as much as you do by the things you say "yes" to.
The problem is that as a culture we have a problem with the word "no." I think a lot of this stems from the fear of rejection and the fear that we'll miss out on things by saying "no."
How many times have you not wanted to do something and instead of saying "no" you said "maybe" or any variation of maybe? Usually it's because in your gut you want to say "no" but you fear that the consequences of doing so will be painful. What if your friends get mad at you? What if the host of the party takes offense that you didn't try her double fudge chocolate cake? What if you miss out on a great time?
You'll be destined to live a lonely, miserable life and nobody will like you.
Listen! That's not going to happen. In fact, by exercising the power of saying "no" and practicing self-discipline you'll be happier and a happy person will always find a way to have fun and attract plenty of friends.
You should stop associating the word "no" with deprivation and other negative emotions. No is not a negative word. It's meaning only comes in context and the meaning that you give to it. It's actually a very powerful tool that you can use during the Whole30 or while making other lifestyle changes.
Everyone has a philosophy of living. Your philosophy is made up of things that you will accept into your life and those things that you will not stand for. How committed you are to your philosophy is just as apparent by what you say "no" to as it is by what you say "yes" to.
There's no doubt that there is a list of things you just don't stand for. You reject those things. I'm not going to get into whether you're rejecting the right things, ideas or people. Only you can determine that.
But when it comes to health and nutrition you should investigate what you want to accept and what you want to reject. Do you want to accept having low energy? Do you want to accept being overweight and all the health issues that come with it? Do you want to accept feeling a lack of control around your health? Do you want to accept a lack of discipline? Do you want to accept less vitality and longevity? Do you want to accept being sick all of the time?
If the answer is "no" then it means that you must also reject and say "no" to the actions that will lead to those negative outcomes.
Give yourself the gift of saying "no" to things that you don't want. Do what's right for you and don't worry about how others perceive your actions. When practiced, self-discipline is extremely pleasurable and you'll get hooked to saying "no" to the things that don't serve you in a positive way.
In this Whole30 video update I share a couple of real life stories about saying "no" and how it impacted my life.
The Power of Saying "NO" During the Whole30
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