The fact is we can do this with anything—from belly fat to any excuse-bound situation that is blocking our health and/or happiness. Once I decided to believe that I could release the weight that had accumulated around my middle, I let it go. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.” Why not believe you can? How many of us tell ourselves that that spare tire around our waist is the inevitable consequence of time?
I had been carrying an extra 15 to 17 pounds around my waist for about ten years, using the excuse that “this is what happens when you get old.” It’s called “man weight,” I told myself.
Then I had an interview with Jorge and he told me some startling figures about sugar consumption. In the 19th century, people consumed an average of about 13 grams of sugar a day. Today we consume an incredible 285 grams per person per day.
Doesn’t it look like there’s a connection between that huge increase and the increasing waistlines of our nation? According to Jorge, reducing your waist circumference can add years to your life. Jorge recommends cutting sugar intake back to between 25 and 30 grams a day.
I had been harboring the notion, the excuse, that my 17 pounds of belly fat would be very difficult if not impossible to get rid of. After all, time had put it there! I decided to test my excuse by reducing my sugar intake down to about 20 grams a day.
In 30 days, that 17 pounds had melted off my waist. Where did it go? I like to joke that there’s a basketball floating around out there somewhere with the name “Wayne Dyer” on it! And losing that basketball wasn’t all that hard to do.
The need has never been greater for all of us, and our children, to focus on the importance of healthy eating, regular exercise, and simple, grateful awareness of our miraculous bodies and how to support them for good health. Brilliant minds and caring hearts are producing a wealth of important information on diet—from Jorge Cruise’s work to books like Wheat Belly by William Davis, The Real Food Revolution by Congressman Tim Ryan, The Earth Diet by Liana Werner-Gray, Joan Borysenko’s The Plant Plus Diet Solution, and many, many more. The teachers have arrived so we the students must be ready to take charge of our nutrition.
After reading Wheat Belly and several others, I can happily report that I am now gluten free, which has helped me ultimately reduce my sugar intake as Jorge has taught me. Let all of our excuses begone and our new era of healthy eating begin!