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I’ve been on a journey to embrace Hill’s message. For me, that meant embarking on a wellness journey. With my daughter’s guidance, I finished a seven-day wellness challenge. I didn’t eat meat, dairy, sugar, or processed foods for seven days. Jazmine and I went to the new Whole Foods to buy organic fruits and vegetables. We ate stir fries, salads, and other vegetable- centered, lean-protein meals. I lost five pounds and felt lighter mentally and physically.
“I have a clearer mind and better sense of what it means to eat to live, instead of living to eat.”
Am I going to be a vegan for the rest of my life? No. I’m still going to eat meat. But I felt good after the challenge, and it helped me realize I don’t have to have meat with every meal. I’m subscribing to the mentality of everything in moderation, so 80 percent of the time, I’ll eat very healthy meals, and 20 percent of the time, I can have reward meals. That’s the strategy. I have a clearer mind and better sense of what it means to eat to live, instead of living to eat. I realized I can go to dinner or drinks with friends and still stick to healthy foods. You can make better choices for your health and still have a social life. When I met up with friends for a drink, I asked for club soda in a martini glass. No one noticed or cared that I wasn’t drinking a martini, and I felt good about sticking to my goals. Seven days may not sound like a lot, but it’s about making small steps that lead to positive changes. When I think about making those changes for life, it’s overwhelming. I can’t commit to no meat for life. Seven days helped shift my mindset to help me remember that, instead of missing out on tasty foods, I was making progress toward the changes I want to see. I’m looking at my overall health benefits by taking them one step at a time. In the long term, these steps will help keep my mind clear and my waistline where I want it to be. If you have a chance, I highly recommend giving “Think and Grow Rich” a read. There’s a new annotated version that has additional resources and an introduction. Don’t just take my word for it — go give it a read. –Polly Tatum
I’m a lifelong reader, but I don’t read as much as I should anymore. When I was a kid, I found myself swept away by the world depicted in C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia.” It was so enjoyable to lose myself in a book. It’s one of the biggest benefits of reading. Reading offers you the chance to go on a journey without ever leaving your home. Right now, I’m reading Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” Like C.S. Lewis, Hill takes his reader on a journey. Despite the title, it’s not all about money. It’s about how to change your mindset to get where you want to be in life. Something I read in Hill’s book stuck with me: “The Universe is more anxious to give you what you want than you are to receive it.” Doesn’t that make you want to go out and embrace your life? It might sound Pollyanna-ish, but when you think about it, it’s hard not to believe your situation is going to improve if you adopt that mindset. You start realizing you do have the power to accomplish your goals, because the opportunities are all around you! HOW DO YOU DISCOVER A ‘GLASS HALF FULL’ MINDSET? ONE STEP AT A TIME
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