There’s a big Paradox inherent in the idea of changing our Food Plan. On the one hand, to have any chance of success we must 100% commit to the plan we swore at the outset. Otherwise the Pig will be able to tear the tiny hole we’re leaving in the fabric of our Plan wide open, and burst out into a big giant Food Orgy.
On the other hand, experimentation and learning are the underpinning of all progress. We must always integrate new evidence as it becomes available. And we must be able to learn from our mistakes. The best Food Plans evolve over time, so it’s critical to retain the ability to adapt.
For example, a few weeks ago my doctor brought a new series of studies to my attention which suggested fruit is metabolized faster in the presence of fatty foods, not slower as was previously thought. This meant my “only eat fruit with nuts and seeds” rule—which was originally intended to keep my glycemic load down and manage my genetic predisposition to high triglycerides—was actually counterproductive. It would be foolhardy to insist on sticking to this rule in the context of this new information, even though I’d previously committed 100%.
Similarly, because the food industry spends billions on developing cheap, super-rewarding foods—and very persuasive packaging—many people are unwilling to put certain types of Pig Slop in their Pig’s trough vs. their human plates. Their Pig begs and pleads to keep its Slop in the Conditionals section of the Food Plan, putting forth endless variations of rules it says it will follow “this time”… if we’ll only give it one more chance.
Our natural inclination is to leave as much pleasure in our diets as possible. And because a good Food Plan should indeed also be pleasurable, it can take several rounds of experimentation to weed out the Pig’s impulses for toxic pleasure from your own innate healthy desires.
Upon Serious Reflection You May Change Your Food
Plan At Any Time…But Your Pig Never Will Again!!
We must adapt our Food Plan when the reasons are sound—even though each time we commit to it we have every intention of NEVER changing it again. But because the Pig will always do everything in its power to convince us Bingeing is perfectly rational, we must apply a simple procedure to ensure the changes are not Pig driven. So it’s important to ask yourself these challenge questions before changing your Food Plan:
- Have you made a written copy of your existing Food Plan and saved it somewhere you can easily retrieve in case you need to “roll back” to your best previous plan? The Pig seeks anarchy so it can Binge. Saving and protecting “the law” in the event a repeal becomes necessary is something people do, not Pigs.
- Have you taken the time to “think on paper” about your proposed change? Your Pig will insist most changes it desires are extremely urgent because it knows you’re unlikely to decide in its favor if you think too much about what’s being proposed. People treat changes to the law as serious matters worthy of careful reflection and analysis. Pigs want immediate change for immediate pleasure. People use their intellect and delay-of-gratification abilities to make wiser, healthier choices.
- Are you being very specific about the change itself? Generally speaking, Food Plans improve slowly and specifically over time (like the law). But Pigs argue for vaguely articulated changes which are often sweeping and impulsive in nature.
- Can you articulate the detailed and specific reason behind the change you wish to make? (Not the change itself, but the reason for it).Poorly articulated reasons for change are more likely to be Pig driven. The Pig’s primary rationale is “because it will taste/feel good.” Because this reason is so primitive and transparent, the Pig prefers it not be articulated at all. So before changing your plan, ask yourself if the change you are contemplating represents a legitimate opportunity to improve your nutrition, comfort level, and well-being. Articulate the reason YOU believe this in detail, and then analyze that reason just to be sure no Pig Squeal has snuck in.
- Are you sure any change is necessary at all? Most often the reason for a Binge is a simple Pig Attack (unrecognized Pig Squeal), not a problem with the Food Plan itself. But the emotions and physiological disturbances associated with Bingeing can make us FEEL like something’s horribly wrong which must change immediately. Would it be more constructive to just resume and 100% re-commit to your Food Plan as is?
- If the change under consideration was prompted by having Binged, has enough TIME passed for your body to rid itself of the physical influence of Pig Slop? This can require few days. In the interim you can’t trust your biological hunger mechanisms… they’ve been temporarily corrupted by the Pig. You must take particular care to make intellectually sound food choices after a Binge.
- Even if the change under consideration was NOT prompted by a Binge, have you given at least a few day’s consideration to all the above?
If you can get through the above questions successfully, then it’s almost certainly YOU who are making the change, not your Pig, and you should go forward once again with 100% confidence.
It’s perfectly fine to change your Food Plan as long as you’re sure YOU are doing it for good reason, and are not under the influence of the Pig. Moreover, notwithstanding the seeming Big Paradox, we must be able and willing to adapt as we learn.
Just use the challenge questions above to be sure it’s YOU who’s doing the adapting and not your Pig! (Note: For a printable one-sheet you can hang on your wall with these criteria, please download the “How to Change Your Food Plan”