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The One Lame Excuse People Make To Avoid Changing Their Diet

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It is never easy to make eliminations to your diet in order to improve your health, but these days it's more common than ever to have to do so. Food intolerances, allergies and mystery symptoms ease or disappear when you take control of your health without making excuses.


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More and More People Are Making Diet Changes

Research conducted by the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research, and Dr. Peter Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center and author of Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, indicates that between 5% and 10% of all people may suffer from a gluten sensitivity of some form.

According to Celiac Disease Foundation some people experience symptoms found in celiac disease, such as “foggy mind”, depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, and chronic fatigue when they have gluten in their diet, yet do not test positive for celiac disease.

What is more, the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine reports that overall, about 75 percent of the world's population, including 25 percent of those in the U.S., lose their lactase enzymes after weaning and become "lactose intolerant" or "lactase deficient."

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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Like the famous Neil Sedaka song, breaking up with your favorite foods is hard to do, even at the cost of your health. More often than not, many people struggle with eliminating foods from their diet. It’s never easy to give up a food that you’ve been enjoying for years --food that you associate with comfort and good times such as pizza, burgers, mac and cheese, or even chocolate, but inevitably, your body will signal to you to make better choices.

Perhaps the most popular (and irritating) of all excuses from those hesitant to eliminate the foods that contribute to, or cause, their poor health is "Well, you gotta live.”

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“You Gotta Live”

What does it mean to live? Is it to exist on a toilet for most of your day because you are suffering from colitis, Crohn’s disease or IBS -- or to walk around feeling impacted and irritable, due to constipation? Are migraines, skin rashes feeling fatigued, sluggish or suffering with allergies more fun? It’s not. To eat the foods your body works against because “you gotta live” is nothing more than a self-enabling excuse that justifies making bad food choices and illness.

Same Words Different Meaning

The mantra “you gotta live” needs to take on a different meaning, Instead of being the excuse for continuing a bad diet, it should be the manifesto of good health. It should be the rally cry for helping the environment and the saving the planet. Saying “you gotta live” should be the reason for your good health, not bad food choices.

When you reach for a piece of fruit – eat it because “you gotta live.” When you begin a new exercise program, do it because “you gotta live”. When you give up a bad habit, give it up because “you gotta live.” When you choose more plant-based foods over high fat animal foods, do it because“you gotta live.” When you’re feeling so good about improving your health, tell people you did because “you gotta live" and inspire others to do the same.