When we started sharing the Misner Plan with others, we found that all of the participants who had a partner to do this with succeeded. Of those who did not complete the 90-Day Challenge, 100% had entered into the process alone and did not utilize the online groups for support, encouragement and as a place to ask additional questions.
We cannot emphasize this strongly enough. You will have a much better result and your changes will be more lasting if you have a “buddy” to share this experience with. Accountability and encouragement are profound companions in this process.
When Ivan was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he knew he wanted to take these changes really seriously. I understood that if I also made these changes it would be much better for him. And it was. Could you imagine if he were giving up red meats and I continued to enjoy filet mignon once or twice a week in front of him? He would not have been tempted to “cheat,” but it would have been easier for him to feel demoralized if that constant reminder of what he was giving up was constantly in front of him.
Keep Track of your Water Intake.
It is easy to drink water all day and get to the end of the day and not know how much water you have actually consumed. It is crucial to good health that you have adequate water intake throughout the day. The normal recommendation is half your body weight in ounces of water. This is a basic guideline. Some people need more than that depending on their health conditions. If you are not sure what is right for you, please consult your personal health care practitioner.
For example, I weigh 140 pounds. I shoot for 70 ounces of water per day. I have such a full lifestyle that there is no way I can realistically keep track of how many glasses per day I am drinking. It’s just not practical. I have empty one-liter glass water bottles, and we start each day with the adequate number of bottle filled and ready to go. If we get to the end of the day and all of the bottles are empty, I know we have had the right level of intake.
Many people ask us what counts as our water intake. I mean, juice has water in it, herbal teas are made with water and certain fruits and vegetables have high water content, right? So shouldn’t they should all count toward the daily water-intake goal?
Getting Off Coffee, Tea and Sodas (Caffeine)
Most of us think we could not make it through the day, or even start our day at all, without a strong cup of coffee or tea or a few of the the popular caffeinated soft drinks on the market. And if you are addicted to caffeine, you really cannot get by without your jolt of energy. It really is like any other drug: if you miss a dose, you usually will have some pretty strong physical side effects – headaches, fatigue, moodiness. So how do you come down from caffeine addiction?
Don’t try to quit cold turkey. You can completely withdraw from caffeine quite comfortably in just a week’s time, if you follow the steps below.
Begin by reducing your dose by just 1/2. My caffeine addiction was satisfied with coffee. I found it helpful to drink half a cup and give myself a “warm-up” with hot water, so that the last bit was quite diluted, but it was still hot and tasted a bit like coffee.
After the first day or two, begin to switch one or two cups for green tea. Green tea does contain caffeine, as well, but at a much lower amount. After a few days of having two cups of green tea along with your diluted coffee or black tea, start to skip the cups of coffee, one at a time, and instead drink herbal teas or hot water with lemon. It is great to have hot water with lemon first thing in the morning to wake up the digestive system and get your body ready for your first meal of the day.
A gentle way to decaffeinate your green tea is to steep the tea bag for 30 seconds, then pour out this cup and refill with hot water, steeping again for two or three minutes. Most of the caffeine leeches out of the tea leaves in that first 30 seconds, leaving the rest of the cup naturally decaffeinated! We prefer this method to purchasing decaffeinated teas that have usually been decaffeinated with various toxic solvents.
The basic rule of thumb is that if your body has to break down the beverage into water molecules and other types of molecules, like carbohydrates, sugars or proteins, it does not count toward your water intake. The only exception we make is for herbal teas that do not contain any honey or other sweeteners.
I will share more success tips on my next blog post.