Have you ever tried dieting before? If you have then you know how challenging it can be. The willpower that you must have in order to withstand the temptation of those “bad” foods. The gritting of teeth as you sit with your family for special occasion dinners and you watch them get down into all the delicious dishes that you can’t partake in. Working hard to ignore the rumbling in your stomach as you try to convince yourself that you aren’t hungry while you drink another glass of water.
As an alternative health practitioner, I’ve experimented with all manner of diets. I’ve done raw foods, vegan, paleo, Atkins, low fat, low carbs, juice fasts, coconut water fasts, and the lemonade diet. I used to think that the most difficult one was the 20 days that I drank cayenne pepper lemonade! Then this week, I was introduced to the 7 Day Mental Diet.
The 7 Day Mental Diet requires you to go seven days straight WITHOUT a negative thought! And when you do catch yourself thinking something negative, you must immediately replace it with a positive one, or else you must START AGAIN from scratch.
Sounds easy, until you realize how many negative thoughts pass through our minds every day! This week was probably not the best week to start the diet with the USA general election and all the negative discourse surrounding the event. I found myself starting over time and again in just the first hour! As the results of the election came in Tuesday night, I decided to give myself a few days break before starting over.
Now that I’m starting over, I’m still finding it extremely challenging. I’m realizing how many negative thoughts go through my head. A car cuts me off while driving — OOPS, there’s a negative thought! I spill my drink accidentally — there’s another negative thought!
I re-read the diet, and I realize that the purpose is to make me conscious of my thoughts, help me to not sit and dwell on negative thoughts that go through my mind, but replace them immediately with positive ones, until eventually this becomes second nature.
I realize that I may be starting and re-starting my diet many times in the coming weeks, but I know that each time I re-start, I will be able to go many more days in a row of only positive thoughts until I finally get to the time when I can go the entire seven days!