I was backpacking, hitchhiking and couchsurfing almost every day from 2008 until 2015, and usually didn’t know where I would eat or sleep more than a week in advance. I prioritized spontaneous adventure over my health for years, but now I see health and fitness as the biggest and most rewarding adventure I can possibly have. For me, it’s not about having more years of life, it’s about having better quality years.
Like starting anything new in life, the hardest part is often taking the first steps. Even after having read, understood and mentally internalized many of the principles of the Mucusless Diet Healing System, it still took me years to take concrete, determined steps towards a healthier lifestyle. For example, I first read the book in 2009, but only stopped eating meat and dairy in 2015.
It is very difficult to begin any new habit when you are not used to, or do not have structure in your life. These are the things that helped me begin a transition towards a healthier life:
A stable place to live
Self-explanatory… without the ability to control when and where you can sleep, store food and organize your mind, building up any new habit will be extremely difficult.
I recommend a 100% medical-grade silicone enema bag or stainless steel bucket.
Make sure that there is an easy to use clamp mechanism on the tube to control the flow.
Not taking internal baths, or enemas, during your body’s cleansing process will make things at best unpleasant, or even dangerous, depending on how intense the cleanse is and how toxic or obstructed your body is.
The first documented enema was in Egypt over 3500 years ago, and cultures worldwide have since practiced them.
Water Distiller or Source of purified water
Distilled water can be purchased at the supermarket, but I prefer to distill my own for convenience and to avoid contact with plastic bottles. Seeing and smelling the residue left behind from only 4 liters of tap water will also be very good motivation and a reminder of why distilled water is important.
If you can’t get distilled water, at least try to get filtered or purified water.
Personalized weekly meal plan / shopping schedule / budget
Without a strategy, it can be very difficult to change eating habits. You can set yourself up for maximum success by having a weekly meal plan, shopping schedule and budget made in advance. You won’t have to think when you are tired, or go without a healthy, satisfying meal for no reason.
The easiest way to formulate a meal plan is to establish a disciplined new eating habit, and then shop to fulfill it. Start with one new habit per month; the transition diet is about slow, consistent progress, not instant change!
1st NEW HABIT: Every day, eat at least one large raw salad before any mucus-lean meal.
NEW TASKS: Buy favorite salad ingredients every day at a convenient time, prepare a raw salad in advance in the morning or previous night before bed, and store it in a container.
2nd NEW HABIT: Every day, have at least one meal of cooked fruit (baked/stewed apples, plums, cherries, bananas, etc.)
NEW TASKS: Buy favorite fruits every day, bake or stew a large quantity (3 or 4 day’s worth), store in containers to eat later.
3rd NEW HABIT: Eat more baked vegetables with and after salads every day.
NEW TASKS: Bake an oven-full of vegetables (Sweet potatoes, beets, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, etc.), and store them in the oven or in containers to eat later.
A cheap wholesaler / produce market
Normally, the more food you buy at one time, the cheaper it is. Look up where your nearby wholesale markets or produce markets are. Here in Bucharest, Romania where I’m writing this, there is a huge market called Obor where a kilo of good quality grapes costs less than a euro, and 5 kilos of lemons is 2 euros. You might be shocked at how low prices can be!
Finding others who are on the same path as you are will make your journey much easier. The internet makes this very easy! Not only can you gain perspective from other people’s experiences, but you can make friends and support each other on a personal level.
I’ve found the Mucusless Diet Healing System group on Facebook, run by Professor Spira, to be a very helpful forum full of knowledge and encouraging community. You can find it here.
Most importantly: Solid Motivation
If you don’t have a compelling reason for changing your habits that you can refer back to during bad moods or low moments, it will be almost impossible to sustain the habits for any meaningful duration.
My motivation for taking control of my health comes from many places:
- My father died at age 59 from diabetes and melanoma skin cancer, and I do not want to follow in his footsteps.
- I do not want to be a burden on others in old age, and I want to be able to enjoy any physical activity I want as long as I live.
- I want to be the best version of myself I can be, in order to best give whatever gifts I have to the world.
Before starting any new habits, I encourage you to write down all your own reasons you have for changing your health, and keep them somewhere visible (Over your bed, next to your computer, etc) and repeat them to yourself every day to remember what’s important to you.