Pretty much everybody wants to be in better shape and feel more vibrant. The Discipline Diet is an effective way to move you closer to those goals. It has less to do with what you eat than when and how much you eat. Simply put, if you eat a little less often, and a little less whenever you do eat, you’ll sleep better, feel more rested and enjoy greater mental clarity.
Here’s why the Discipline Diet works: Digestion requires more of your body’s energy—about thirty percent—than any other bodily process. By minimizing digestion, your body can use that energy to detoxify, heal and repair.
Yes, eating this way requires discipline. No worries. You don’t have to be perfect. Even if you can put these principles into action 50 percent of the time, you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling better. And remember:
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
Let’s get started! Here are the three simple guidelines of the Discipline Diet:
• Wait as long as you can before eating your first meal of the day. When you get hungry, drink more water and stay occupied and focused. When it’s essential that you eat, consume about two-thirds of what you previously would have eaten, just enough to take the edge off your hunger. In other words, walk away a little hungry and let things settle. Repeat this process, if necessary, until your evening meal. The more consciously you eat—slowing down, taking smaller bites and chewing thoroughly—the easier it will be for you to accomplish this.
HINT: For optimal results, choose between fruit, steamed vegetables, salad, nuts and whole grains until your evening meal.
• At your evening meal, eat until you feel 80 percent full. How will you know when you’ve reached that point? At the first sign that you feel the slightest bit filled, stop eating. If you get hungry again before bed, have a light snack, preferably fruit, steamed vegetables or salad.
HINT: For optimal results, avoid red meat, dairy, refined sugar, refined carbs and processed foods.
• Occasionally, on a day when you wake up not particularly hungry, have nothing but water for as long as you can go, hopefully until at least mid-afternoon. Your body will thank you (by providing you with greater mental clarity and vibrancy) for giving it the opportunity to rest.
Of course, the way you eat is just one small piece of the wellness puzzle. Click here to learn how the PLJ Plan can transform the quality of your daily life.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.