Have you ever noticed that when you are told you can’t have/say/do something, you have an overwhelming URGE to have/say/do that very thing? Even if it’s not something your normally would feel?
That’s where I am with Caffeine right now. As part of the Mamavation Mom Reign, we are blessed with the brilliance of Cynthia Pasquella as she molds our dietary lifestyle like Michelangelo with a block of stone. That’s right folks, we (Rachel and I) are her “Statues of David.”
We haven’t dug into the nutrition aspect of things yet – right now I think she’s just getting an idea of how dense the block of marble is before she starts chiseling away, but she has requested that as of TODAY – Thursday Oct 21, 2010 – we omit Caffeine, Sugar and processed foods from our diet.
When I read those words on Tuesday morning, I though no problem… After all, I stopped drinking coffee the same time as I stopped drinking Coke Zero. As such, I’ve been pretty good about omitting sugar as well… there are the occasional times when I’ve indulged in some sherbet (hello – sore throat) or 2 oz of dark chocolate… the occasional bite of chocolate cake, but SERIOUSLY – if you saw how I was BEFORE Mamavation, you’d agree that I’ve made great strides. Processed foods I think I’m going to be ok with – especially after my morning pep talk with my Mamavation Mom Mentor – Lisa. (Thanks again BTW)
Then today I REALLY started to think about it…All of a sudden it was like my brain was flashing a large neon sign with the word CAFFEINE over and over again! I started to think about the occasional coffee I will pick up at Starbucks – and when I say occasional, I mean like 1 time in the last 2 months. I start thinking about how I love a nice cup of hot tea, especially in the afternoon. I started to think about the fact that Chocolate has caffeine AND sugar…uh oh… talk about mental destruction!
Then I read this article by my friend and huge part of my support system Steph and it’s all about mental toughness and self-love and it got me thinking…I don’t NEED any of that (um… the caffeine, sugar & science experiments – I don’t need that! The mental toughness, self-love – that’s the stuff I need)
And then I remembered my good friend Red Tea… (Also known as South African Rooibos) All the benefits of Green tea and NATURALLY CAFFEINE FREE. So I can still have my afternoon tea (you’d think I’m English wouldn’t you?!) It’s not about DEPRIVATION – It’s about choices…and getting over mental hurdles. I’m looking forward to learning more on this journey to health