Over at Best Body Fitness, Tina shared a link to a post that broke down the can’t/don’t research much better than mine.
Amanda at Happy Mother Runner explains:
Using the phrase “I don’t” shows that the person does not do something and makes a strong statement about a permanent state of thought. The “I can’t” statement means a temporary decision.
She goes on to conclude:
By saying “you can’t” to yourself, it makes that food urge even bigger and you want to consume it even more, leading to a craving. When you say to yourself “I don’t” it shows personal strength and establishes a standard within yourself.
That makes a lot of sense. Wish I’d seen this post before my trip to Anaheim. It might not have turned into a free-for-all had I made the transition to thinking “I don’t” eat such-and-such food, instead of treating myself all the things I tell myself I “can’t” normally eat.
Of course now I have a whole new set of “don’ts” — at least for the next several weeks.
- I don’t eat dairy.
- I don’t eat grains.
- I don’t eat artificial sweeteners.
If I practice saying these things often enough, they’ll become second nature, right? I hope so. I need personal strength. I need determination. I’m ready to change my life once and for all.
And that’s what “It Starts with Food” promises about the Whole30: “the next 30 days can CHANGE YOUR LIFE.”
Bring it on.