Thursday, August 4, 2011

Beck, Day 7: Arrange Your Environment

Day Seven marks the end of the first week of The Beck Diet Solution. I have worked the steps over two weeks, which is a plenty fast pace. Actually, I find that not rushing through Beck is probably better in the long run. Don't skip over a step because you feel like you need to finish something. If it takes you a week to really do Day 7, then it takes you a week. Better that than missing this important step.

So what happens on Day 7? We are given the task of arranging our environment to set us up for success on whatever food plan we choose. At it's most obvious level, that means setting up our homes for success. But Beck recommends extending this thinking to our offices as well.

I have written about this subject a few times here on HGK. Most notably, in my series Top Ten Tips for Plant-strong Success. THAT IS HOW IMPORTANT I THINK THIS STEP IS. I did it and I have never looked back, not regretted it for a moment. Why? Because I personally cannot resist food that is not on my plan when I am tired and stressed out (which is about every day at 9 pm). It's that simple.

You probably don't read this blog because you don't have an issue with food (unless you are a relative or dear friend of mine, and I do want to thank those of you who read this for that reason). And if you (a) have a food issue and (b) want to lose weight than you really need to take this seriously.

Are you feeling resistance to throwing out "food" that is not on your plan? Worried about the "food" being wasted? Is it possible that those "foods" are better off as garbage in a dump than as garbage in your body? How much do you want to take care of yourself?
And why do I keep putting quotations around the word food? Because the stuff that you will be throwing out really doesn't quality as food, ie something nourishing to your body. You are going to be tossing out garbage for your body. Stuff your body never wanted or needed to begin with. It hardly qualifies as food.

Are you worried about the other people you live with? Will they be angry? Do you have the courage to take a stand on this for the health of everyone in your family? Is it possible that if you sat down with your family members you could make a creative plan that makes everyone happy?

Beck suggests throwing all of the garbage away, but also mentions that keeping family members non-plan food hidden from view is a second-best measure. Perhaps the garage? The basement?

Worried about letting other people know that you want to lose weight, when they have already seen you try and fail at so many other diets? I know the embarrassment, believe me. Been there, done that! You will not believe how liberating it is to just put this all out there and find that no one is judging you for that. You real friends just want you to be happy.

And what about all of that office junk food? Are you able to resist it? If not, consider some creative solutions that Beck mentions in this chapter like asking your coworkers to keep the treats in a cabinet away from view with a note on the table about what and where the treats are. Hey, it sounds a little extreme, but we must take care of ourselves. No one else is going to take care of us. No one else is going to pay for the statins and the diabetes medication for you, and if you are not on them already, I can tell you that they cost a pretty penny.

So, please, I want to hear your thoughts on this.

Have you already gotten rid of all of the junk in your house?

Are you resisting this step? Why? What thoughts are you having?

If you have done this, please share how it has affected you.


Ginger said...

Don't be afraid to get rid of it outright. Why keep poison in the house? Your pantry looks lovely. I have kept only nutrient-dense foods in the house for years. When I craze something I shouldn't eat, it is not there for me to fight with. This is the best way to stick to your guns.

Anonymous said...

I did this about 20 years ago. Never looked back. If you don't have garbage in your house, you won't be tempted by it.

Bill G said...

I decided to make the change to vegan / plant strong late in December of 2010. I decided to start at the end of January. I had research to do. I needed a high performance blender, etc. In that time I stopped buying processed foods and junk. I didn't have a lot on hand anyway since I had made a commitment to change and had been in transition mode. Once I made the change I simply stopped buying junk.

I do go off once in a while and will have something when I am out but I really make a point of not having the bad stuff in my home.

I'm closing in on a loss of 60 pounds since January 31 so I have incentive.

v said...

So true, at the end of a stressful day it's easy to be mindlessly lurred by junk food. Same is true for the work environment. After one gal at work confessed, "I eat more junk at work than I do anywhere else because it's here, all the time," we sent out an email about not bringing junk food in to see the response. Yay, all but one person voted to stop bringing their spoils in. Now, I'll bring in a bag of apples or bunch of bananas--good habit to instill especially if you're working with some teenaged staff.

Jen said...

Getting rid of junk in the house and going plant-strong were a combined measure of success. There were years that I made my husband drive the Halloween candy to work in the trunk of his car, only to gobble several pieces after he returned home. And in the past, cravings for the kids Nabisco lunch box treats were sometimes overwhelming. I no longer buy anything with artificial ingredients, but have found I need at least one, sometimes two green smoothies daily to keep me nourished and prevent cravings. Now, for the first time in my life, I can eat just a few potato chips or ignore them completely, because my body ins't deprived of nutrients and urging me to eat what's quickest to grab out of a bag.

Bonnie said...

We did the big purge a year ago and it works. Pitching what Michael Pollan calls "edible foodlike substances" leaves more room for REAL food. I love how well organized your new kitchen looks! I do allow myself the intentional occasional "Kale Mary" (per Rip Esselstyn)and then it's back to the plan.

Caroline Miller said...

Purging SAD and processed foods is the first thing to do. What trips me up is when I crave (i.e. binge on) healthy foods like medjool dates and raisins. I struggle with that.

The Collage Experience said...

I got rid of the unhealthy foods in my apartment a couple of years ago. I won't even bring home the healthiest of chips because I am such a foodaholic that I could never NOT eat the entire the bag. And if a friend brings over something on my "forbidden" list, I will try to gracefully accept and then drown it under a running faucet as soon as they leave. :) Hey, we have to do what we have to do!

Lovin' that pantry Wendy!!!

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