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  • Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business

  • and life you love. Now, one of the things that I love is watching documentaries, especially

  • ones that get me all kinds of fired up. Now, this past summer I did a double feature of

  • That Sugar Film and Fed Up. Now, little warning here, these are not the kind of movies that

  • you should watch with your hand in a bowl full of popcorn and peanut M&Ms.

  • Anyway, right after I watched them I was immediately inspired to go on a detox. So I remembered

  • that my friend Mark Hyman had recently written a book called The 10-Day Detox Diet. So I

  • went on my little iPad, I went on my Kindle, I downloaded it, and I said to Josh, “We

  • are doing this.” And for the next 10 days there was no dairy, no gluten, no grain, no

  • alcohol, no caffeine, and, of course, no refined sugar. Josh was as into this idea as I was

  • and off we went.

  • Now, I was excited to try this because for years I had read about the negatives of gluten

  • and dairy and sugar, etcetera. But I’d never actually removed all of those at once for

  • an extended period of time, and I wanted to see what the impact would be on my mental

  • clarity, on my performance, my sleep, my weight, my bloating. You know, all that good stuff.

  • What I didn't expect though was how much easier the rest of my life would get because I no

  • longer had all these little decision battles in my head at every meal about what I should

  • eat.

  • You know the drill. It’s just constant decision battles. And it wasn’t until all those options

  • were removed that I realized how much time and mental energy they were stealing from

  • my life. You know, at first I thought this detox was gonna be so hard, especially because

  • we were doing it in the summer when we’d go to our friend’s houses and they’d do

  • these gorgeous dinners where everybody brings cheese and they bring pie from the farmstand

  • and organic ice cream. I thought I was gonna feel like I was really missing out. But actually,

  • it was pretty easy. I had no problem saying, “No thanks. I’m totally good,” because

  • those choices simply weren’t an option for me.

  • So not only did I have a ton more physical energy thanks to how I was eating, but I also

  • had a lot more mental energy because I had a lot less decisions to make. And, yes, for

  • you nutrition nerds, I do realize that the way I was eating was affecting my brain and

  • my ability to think clearly. But I’m just focusing right now on how consciously relieved

  • I was by not having all these little decisions to make at every single meal.

  • The reason why is because I was no longer suffering from decision fatigue, which is

  • an actual thing according to some scientists. The idea is that every single day you have

  • a finite supply of decision making energy, and every single time you make a decision,

  • you resist temptation, or you exert some self control, youre actually draining the tank.

  • Now, by the end of the day most of us are totally cranky and petering out because weve

  • run out of decision making gas.

  • So how does this apply to you? Well, I want you to think about where in your life you

  • might be giving yourself a little too many options on a daily basis. Maybe it’s food

  • like it was for me or maybe it’s something else. Where are little decision battles depleting

  • you? So I want you to think about your day from the moment you wake up until you go to

  • bed.

  • For instance, should you jump out of bed or hit snooze? Should you meditate, exercise,

  • journal, or skip it and read the paper? Should you work on your writing project first, bang

  • out emails, or get on social media? And if it is social media, should you focus on Twitter,

  • Periscope, Facebook, or Instagram?

  • Really walk through your entire day and identify all the places that you might be getting tripped

  • up by too many choices. Then you might wanna put yourself on a 10 day decision detox. Maybe

  • make a little 10 day rule like no screen time after 8pm or no work other than my writing

  • project before noon.

  • The idea here is to greatly reduce or limit your options in an area that’s tripping

  • you up. And if you want a little mantra to help you stay on track, remember this tweetable.

  • Limited choices in your day can lead to limitless freedom in your life.”

  • Now I would love to hear from you. What aspect of your life is in most need of a decision

  • detox? Where might you get an incredible boost of mental and emotional energy by reducing

  • your choices? So you can design your own little 10 day decision detox and tell me all about

  • it in the comments below.

  • Now, as always, the richest and best discussions happen after the episode over at,

  • and we have a great time over there. So go there and leave a comment now.

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  • gift that only you have. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll catch you next time

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