The 7 Day Mental Fast

By

Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer
and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle
Building.

Question for you today.

If you can detox your physical body, why could you not detox your intellectual mind?

A physical detox is when we eliminate toxins and poisons from our body. The idea of a good detox is to eat pure and natural foods that will aid in cleansing the lymph, kidneys, and liver. Any foods that oppose this goal will be avoided.

A intellectual detox is when we eliminate negative thinking and beliefs from our mind. My idea of a good mental detox is to avoid TV, movies (that includes porn guys), iPods, radio, emails, Internet, newspapers, BlackBerry’s, iPhones… pretty much anything with a screen.

Before you say, “That’s impossible…” consider how you would benefit from a 7-Day Mental Fast.

Let’s consider you eliminate only T.V.

You know that 95% of the shows on T.V., especially the news, is disempowering.  Seriously, is the news empowering or disempowering?  You usually get exposed to hate, crime, murder, fear, negativity, gossip and violence within just the first 5-minutes.

What compounds the issue is that most people watch T.V. right before they go to bed, which is when your mind is the most susceptible to influence.

Just like your physical body – what goes in must come out.

Garbage in, garbage out.

This week I encourage you to take your own version of The 7-Day Mental Fast and eliminate as much media as possible.  Instead, spend time reading resources and information that do something good for your mind and body.

In 7-days, go back to watching T.V. and watch how shocked you are when you’re exposed to what’s happening.  That’s how you should be – shocked!  It’s a shame we’ve become so desensitized to the garbage and negativity on TV.  Imagine, abstaining from sugar and sweets for 7-days straight and how shocked it will be when you put that garbage back into your body – it’s literally going to scream at you.  The same thing happens during a mental fast.

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Let me know if you’re going to take the challenge. What version of the 7 day mental fast are you going to attempt?

Post your plan below

Vince

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10 thoughts on “The 7 Day Mental Fast

  1. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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  2. I with you in principal on this Vince – I watch very little TV now that I'm following the lifestyle and training programmes advocated by guys like you, Mike Geary and Joel Marion. However, avoiding everything with a screen would also mean no access to your respective blogs and vids, which I also find hugely motivational, so I still spend some time attached to a computer (not accessing news etc however!)
    Keep 'em coming

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  3. Hey Vince, this year when I came to University I decided no TV, no newspaper, no radio, and no junk food whatsoever. I still play video games, go on youtube facebook, but those are next to go for my 7 day fast. Once this year I ate at McDonalds and right after I felt sick. Both physically and mentally. I just knew that I was poisoning my body and I felt guilty about it. I really like how you focus on not just physical but on the mental component.

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  4. I have tried something similar in the past with my partner and daughter. Gave up tv, computer and music for a week. It was hard at first as for me was like an addiction. By the end of the week my family was closer on a different level to before. sounds wierd but true

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  5. Hey Vince,
    I think that's an awesome idea. I'd been thinking that I need to take a break from too much media and your post made that even more clear. I'm planning on doing a partial fast -being deliberate about what I do take in (IE atmospheric or classical music instead of the radio). I'm also going to limit my time on the computer to a couple of key personal and professional emails a day (IE you, Dax Moy, Zach Even-Esh) and only get on facebook once every day or so, and to be quick and deliberate when I'm on there.

    Thanks again for sharing and putting out such awesome content.

    Charlie

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  6. Great idea man, and I've done similar practice in the past (I called it 'defragging the hard drive'). One thing you alluded to that's really true is how it affects social life. Suddenly hearing people toss around disrespectful language or just negative talk in general becomes jarring instead of the norm. Maybe there should be a social life cleanser as well, so we can get rid of folks who never have a good word for us?

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  7. Hey Vince,

    Another good post. I going to give up television for 7 days. I'm in the army so at times go extended periods without seeing TV or even hearing any news, im talking weeks. I find it empowering and like you say am always shocked at how negative television, especially the news and media is when im exposed to it again.
    Cheers,

    Adam – New Zealand

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  8. I LOVE that you're talking about this. TV is so bad for your brain waves and your stress levels… and they've proven that it's destructive to your health. Once you live without all this garbage in your head, like you said… it's hard to go back because you don't even WANT to go back.

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    • are you kidding? do you actually have any studies that prove that tv damages your brain waves, or did you just hear it from someone and automatically took it as fact? if tv damages brain waves than i guess the computer does too, so your saying everyone should stop reading vinces blog to protect their brain? sounds like a bunch of BS

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  9. Excellent advice, as usual, Vince. When I go on vacation to the Caribbean, I often opt for a room with no TV in it. Not only is a bit cheaper (usually), you do get that mental detox. No TV, no radio, beach sand… talk about 7 days of detox!

    I need to work no TV blocks into the daily routine. No TV and no internet (gasp!). Leads to more productivity and more focus!

    Ben

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