30 days eating only whole foods. 21 days with no sugar. 7 days “detoxing.”
Yes, it’s the New Year. Yes, you’ve heard of all these phrases, books, and programs before.
21 Days with No Sugar
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When I first began writing The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, I thought about creating a snazzy, jazzy title like those. Several of these “buzzwords” were on my short list:
- sugar free
- cut sugar cravings for good
- eat real foods
- no more cravings
- two weeks, 21 days, 3 days, one month, 30 days
- lose weight
- little work, feeling your greatest
I know that people gravitate towards them. I used to be one.
And in the end, I chose none of them.
The irony? With The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, you will nix your sugar cravings, you will eat real foods, you will detox, your cravings, in general, will diminish, you will lose weight (IF you need to because guess what? Some people with IBS/IBD need to gain weight), you will feel your greatest, and you will follow an (initial) 21-day pattern.
But headlines and buzzwords are misleading, and if there is one thing I’ve learned about “health and healing” during my first 30 years of life it’s that headlines and buzzwords might be anything but healing for you, for me.
I’m trying to instill a real passion for healing the gut with a lifetime of consistency, commitment, and work.
Again, I could have opted for a sexy new title, to boost sales. I chose to stick with The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut.
Why? For a multitude of reasons, but for example:
- it’s not 100% sugar-free because I know that certain sugars can be OK for the Gutsy Girl; sugars like honey and bananas which are monosaccharides.
- I also don’t believe that everyone must “kick that caffeine habit.” For some, a little coffee, “watered down” with some key things can be perfectly okay.
- there are no “food timing” or “daily caloric” requirements because that’s called restriction and gut healing is not a diet.
- diarrhea vs. constipation – ah, yes, I address this in a small section. Why? Because while many ways for healing the two are similar, there are ways that, in fact, they are not similar. Simply preaching “whole foods” simply couldn’t work, since many of those said foods could make either condition worse (or better, depending).
A client recently emailed me this,
Yes, my friend. You are helping me tie the noodles and loose ends of EVERY diet and scientific journey I’ve ever been on, including their downfalls and their high points. From Atkins, to Weight Watchers to South Beach, to Fat Flush, to Detox to Cleanse to Fasting… I’m beginning to see how little pieces of everything I learned go together (OR NOT) in a strange way and how things I once thought were helping me are actually the real culprits.
Just the change you gave me yesterday has me feeling a lot better and you’ve given me hope!!!
Sitting here motivated instead of discouraged. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – JF
This is why I do what I do. It’s not for the money, and it’s definitely not so I can produce ebooks that use mainstream buzzwords.
It’s so that I can make a difference….one Gutsy Girl at a time.
You will heal. I will help.