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Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal Review Weeks 2 and 3

Willpower vs Cake 

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It? As you know I have been doing the recommended self experiments from Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal to see whether I could take control of my will power and exhibit some self determination to work towards my goals.

After the first week’s success, I couldn’t help talking to my friends about it. This book was really turning things around for me. Exercising daily, eating right, feeling calm and stress-free. Had I somehow found the magic formulae? Two of my best friends teamed up with me and read the book too. We were on fire, walking daily, meditating for five minutes, and then? It dwindled. Schedules got in the way, late nights meant late mornings and suddenly we were sleeping in, and rushing to work without doing either.

Perhaps we were doing too much. Starting diets, exercising, befriending strangers and trying to implement new habits – did we deplete our Wil…

Day 4 Lunch – Gerson Meal Flavor Enhancers

Today I’ll talk you through a few solutions to some common problems that people run into when on the Gerson Diet. There are a few food items that are rather unpalatable foreign and can be a bit difficult to get used.

Lunch was inspired.


A Red Kidney Bean Soup – which was my favorite dish of the entire menu while we stayed at the hospital.
A simple Celery and Romaine Lettuce Salad.
Main Course was Kitchadee – A simple rice and vegetable dish and an Asparagus Casserole.
Dessert was fruit: half a naartjie and a whole kiwi sliced.
8 oz Green Juice
The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses


1 heaped tsp Brewer’s Yeast
2 tbl Flax oil
Half a lime
2 tbl Apple CiderVinegar

Let’s talk about the flavorings.

Yes they are actually part of the diet so that you get your B vitamins, essential oils etc. Used wisely or creatively they become your flavor enhancers. I don’t like taking meds, and thinking of them as meal flavorings adds an increasing palatabil…


Success at LAST!!! Today marks the completion of my 30 days of Salad. Yes, I made it.

I can’t quite believe that I have done it actually. There’s something just a little too foreign about me – doing something over a sustained period. I never meet my goals. You’re better off betting against me whenever I declare a new quest. But this time something was different. Let me walk you through the last few weeks of my little challenge.

Week 1
This was by far the hardest week and I did everything in my power to make it easy on myself. Pre-cut and washed lettuce. Baby tomatoes that only need rinsing. Mini cucumbers that by their very nature are pre-portioned (unlike a regular cucumber that you need to cut up and reseal). Oh and best (or worst of all) throw away containers. No dishes, no hassles.

I dislike salad. The first week felt pointless. Nothing I was making tasted good. In fact I threw away whole salads because they were so yuck. Round about day 5 I discovered my perfect recipe which I bl…

Day 9 – Posture 9 – Triangle Pose

In this post I will explain how to do Trikanasana.  There exists an alternative spelling Trikonasana in Sanskrit that is used prevalently in the Yoga Journal and very prominent texts – however this pose is actually better described as a Straight Legged Triangle while the Triangle Pose is known in Yoga Journal as a variation of Parsvakonasana. Confusing? Absolutely! The benefits of this pose is that it stimulates the nervous system and aligns the spine. Don’t rush this pose, there’s always a small adjustment here and a little more control there that takes place every yoga lesson.
How to do a Triangle Pose:Step 1: Begin the pose by taking your Warrior II stance (Virabhadrasana II) the left leg should be at the front of the mat with toes facing forward while your back right foot is at a 90 degree angle facing the right wall.

Step 2: Bend your left knee 90 degrees so that it is parallel to the earth. Make sure that your knee does not go over your ankle. This pose will often make you put mo…

Paripurna Navasana: Full Boat Pose

The Paripurna Navasana or Full Boat Pose is a great pose for helping to strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles. This yoga pose can improve your digestion and balance, and is said to help stretch your hamstrings. I find it also helps aid in relieving stress and definitely improves my confidence after I complete it. In this post I am happy to bring to you the steps needed to complete the Paripurna Navasana successfully.
STEP 1: With your legs straight out in front of you, sit on the floor. Place your hands on the floor so they sit a little behind your hips with your fingers pointing toward your feet before strengthening your arm. Lean back slightly and lift through the top of your sternum. When completing this, check your back and make sure it doesn’t round. Continue by lengthening the front your torso between the top of your sternum and your pubis. Next sit on your tailbone and sitting bones.
STEP 2: Bend your knees and exhale before lifting your feet so they come off the floor and s…

Day8-Posture 8 – Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

This pose is also known as Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana  in Sanskrit. Interestingly enough or Prasarita Padottanasana which is Wide-Legged Forward Bend with Feet Grab. This pose is really about releasing the fear. Letting go and trusting the earth and your body. The moment you get this pose and your head brushes the mat and you feel the stretch in your spine you begin to trust the universe a little more to always have your best interests.

Step 1 ~ Stand on your yoga mat, and turn to the right wall so that your body is facing the right wall. Wipe down your hands and feet so that they are dry. Stand in Tadasana
Step 2 ~ Take your right foot and step approximately 3 feet out to the side. Feet should be parallel to each other with toes pointing forward.  Press your hands on the small of your back to give you support as you bend forward. Hinge forward until your upper body is parallel to the floor, take your hands and grab your heels one at a time. You can bend your knees as yo…

Day 4 Breakfast

A simple but delicious breakfast of:
Oatmeal,A slice of honey bread,Half a cup of cottage cheese1 oz almondsA small plate of fruit.
Mealtime Supplements

Bring 1 Cup of water to boil.
Add 1/2 Cup rolled oats.
Lower the heat and cook to desired consistency.
Add more water if a thinner saucier kind of oats is desired
Cooking time is about 5-10 minutes.