The Power of “Stick-to-it-Ivness”

It’s a fact. People just love instant gratification. That’s one of the reasons that “comfort foods” and “lose a pound a day with this pill” diets are so popular. Unfortunately though, if you want permanent, positive results, it often involves long-term (read: forever) changes.

What I hear from many clients is that they tried Paleo with no-cheating for periods of a week to a month (although I must admit that most were in the week category) and they stopped because they “didn’t feel anything”. It never ceases to amaze me that people can spend their whole life eating anything from junk to just the wrong things and expect to have their life change in a matter of days.

I’m sure that any health care provider is just as tired of the dreaded S word as I am. “I haven’t eaten any bread in a week and I STILL feel tired”… I talk about this all day to people, I write blogs and articles about it, and yet I can’t seem to get through to people that true change takes time. Very frustrating…

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been working with my own targeted Paleo diet (The Spectrum Balance Protocol) that is used to balance iron and manganese in the brain receptor sites for 9 years now. To briefly explain; iron and manganese use the same receptor sites in your brain and are supposed to balance one another, but when the manganese gets the upper hand it creates a pattern of symptoms. If you think of it in the simplest of terms, iron is often used to convey information, like in its use in wiring and communication cables. Manganese stores information, like in its use in batteries. When the manganese overwhelms the iron in the receptor sites, than instead of experiencing input then moving on, it stores, causing a sense of extremely high sensory input. This has been discovered to be the culprit in not only Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, but in many adult neurological syndromes like Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s as well. The Spectrum Balance Protocol is targeted to restore the balance, and thus, relieve the symptoms.

So today I was looking through the testimonial page about the results on the Protocol on the NoHarm Foundation website, and I found one I’d forgotten about. So instead of writing yet another article about the value of committing to a program, I’m going to let her speak for me. Maybe her words will get the light on for you…

Some of you may have been on the SBP diet for a while and may be approaching the 4 month mark.  This testimony is for you… This is about a 4 year-old girl (my granddaughter) who has been on the diet for a little over 4 months now and we have seen incredible changes in her. Her sensory issues are almost completely gone and her behavior is much improved. The social issues seem to be the last hurdle but we have seen some improvements in this area as well.

Only a week ago her mother called me and was discouraged. They’d been on the diet for 4 months and she hadn’t noticed any significant changes or improvements over the last 4 weeks or so.  She wondered if they need to continue with the diet or if they’ve seen all the improvement they were going to see. Since we had seen so much progress with her (life changing), I encouraged her mother to keep on keeping on for another month. I was convinced we had not seen the last of the positive changes.

Only five days later my daughter calls me (I can already hear the joy in her voice when she says “Hello”) so she can “brag” on how well her daughter is doing. The bad behavior was gone!  In addition, she asked if she could call her grandmother on the phone (previously, she has had a fear of the phone). Also, her mother took her to the park on this day and she went up to a mother and her son who were playing make-believe, and she chimed right in and played with them.  Her mother reported that she was so “loud” and confident.

The significance of this is that since starting the diet, she has started to come out of her selective mutism and shyly talking to a few people for the first time in her life, but she barely whispers and wrings her hands (a sign she is under stress).  But on this day, she was totally different with the mother and the son at the park.  She approached them without any prodding by her mother, she was talking “loudly” (in a normal voice but loud for her when talking to strangers) and she was so confident and was having fun!!!  Amazing!

So, if you have been on the diet for 4 months and you have seen positive changes in your child, I highly encourage you to stick with the diet a couple of months longer.  That’s what we are doing.  Now our son has been on the diet since August 30th (primarily Best Choice foods) and we plan on keeping him on the diet for a couple of more months, at least.  We really don’t have an “end date”.  We’re just eating and praying…and praying and eating as we go along…and he just keeps improving!!!

Ah the power of “stick-to-it-ivness”. Couldn’t have explained it better myself…


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