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April 10, 2015

Why is it easier to focus on the negative rather than the positive? For New Yorkers, it’s par for the course, but plenty of others see the glass half-empty. Is it possible to switch our outlook? My vote is yes.

bagelTake for example when you diet. Your first instinct is to focus on what you can’t eat. Ice Cream! Cookies! Pizza! The trick is to focus on foods you can eat. My sister Meredith and I are now trying the Whole30 Program where you cut out carbs, dairy and sugar for 30 days. It’s not a diet, but a “nutritional reset, designed to…end unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” For 30 days I can do anything. That’s not to say it isn’t going to be hard.

On Day One all I could think about was bread. It felt like everyone on the street was eating a gigantic bagel. So I changed my focus to what I could eat. Mangos! Salmon! Almond butter/banana/flax/raisin/coconut snacks! Oh boy.

vegieIt’s like when I moved into the 90 square foot apartment. At first I thought, “I can’t sit up in bed!” “I can’t make scrambled eggs!” Then I realized I could complain or look at what I could do, such as walk outside and be in Central Park or get delicious sushi across the street. There was a learning curve, but in no time I came to love that apartment which is why I stayed almost 5 years.

It takes effort to stick to any challenge, but already the benefits are showing. Aside from trying new foods, I can feel my willpower getting stronger, which will help with my next challenge, whatever that is. Plus, I am already beginning to see the glass half full, even if that glass is filled with water and not a hot chai latte with skim milk.


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  1. Alexis Fishman permalink

    Excellent post!

    Sent from My iPhone


  2. Have you ever made scrambled eggs in your microwave? They are so yummy ! Hopefulky the storms that went thru here the past two days will have deminished before they get to you guys. They were pretty nasty here in dentral illinois. Have a great week end!

  3. Tom Olverson permalink

    Love it, Felice- always a good reminder to find habits that help you remain positive!

  4. Jamie Barr permalink

    Always something interesting from Felice Cohen! Even if I am not sure I have your willpower!

  5. Marilyn Solomon permalink

    Love the pics! Miss you!😍

  6. Vance Dingfelder permalink

    Im just about ready for the 30 day cleanse. Hi Felice!

  7. I know you have a lot of will power you’ve been resisting me for years and I can see you WasThinking of me you even made a smiley face that looks like me great peace

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