Day 59: Why saying ‘no’ is the best YES you can give your body

I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve had few cravings throughout this diet. I think this is much more a nod to psyche than it is to physiology, because after all, cravings can be largely psychological in nature.

At the beginning of this diet, I had loads of cravings and it was hard. I fell asleep dreaming of chocolate cake and during the day, I longed for bed so that I could fantasise about it again.

This kind of fantasy is completely normal on SCD

This kind of fantasy is completely normal on SCD. Also, don’t Google ‘chocolate porn’.

59 days in, my cravings have mostly abated. Perhaps my psyche has simply given up the ghost! But regardless of whether my mind has surrendered to this diet or, as I prefer to think, triumphed over chocolate, it does still wander into the candy aisle every now and then. And when it does, here’s what I do:

I say no.

Unexciting, I know. Unhelpful? Maybe. But think about it again. ‘No’ is actually a very powerful word. We say ‘yes’ a lot – which is why so many of us ended up in this position. We said ‘yes’ to everyone who placed demands on us, so we elevated our stress levels and damaged our bodies. We said ‘yes’ to every type of food we laid eyes on, and we overloaded our systems. We said ‘yes’ to fad diets, fast food, too much partying and too little sleep. And we ended up here.

So now’s the time to start saying ‘no’. Saying ‘no’ to stress, unhealthy food, fad diets, lack of sleep, laziness and pushing ourselves too hard is the only way we’re going to get healthy again. ‘No’ is one of your most powerful tools, not only on SCD but in life in general. ‘No’ means that you know your boundaries and you respect your body, and your disease, enough to put measures in place to protect yourself and heal. Without ‘no’, your ‘yes’s are going to undo you.

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For those of us with IBD, ‘no’ is the only way to get the space we need – from our own bad habits and everyone else’s. Saying ‘no’ to the cravings and unhealthy habits will actually give you a lot more room to say ‘yes’ – to good food, fresh air, less stress, healthy hobbies and more me-time. ‘Yes’ to the things you love, because they make you happy, and ‘yes’ to the things that are helping you to heal. And ‘yes’, also, to the occasional cheat food. Because that’s okay too 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Day 59: Why saying ‘no’ is the best YES you can give your body

  1. I love this post (and blog)! You give great info about the real experiences of starting any new healthy diet. I always tell people that it is so important to be informed of the “negative” things you may experience (the cravings, the detoxing, the side-effects of said cravings and detoxing). Otherwise, we start the diet and end it as soon as we hit a road block. I have been gluten-free and somewhat paleo-ish since November and it is finally becoming normal to me.

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    • You’re so right, Kelley – one must go into this with eyes wide open, knowing exactly what they’re in for. I feel it’s as much (if not more) a mental challenge than a dietary one. You’ve done so well being four months in – and of course the longer you do it, the more ‘normal’ it becomes. It’s just breaking through the initial barriers that’s hard, and once you’ve done it, it really can become second nature. Thanks for your lovely comments – I’ve really appreciated them all.

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  2. Pingback: Day 90: SCD challenge complete – but it’s only the start | My day-by-day guide to 90 days on SCD

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