Mindful Monday: Food is Your Friend

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This week I’ve decided to try a theme for the week which I’ve done in the past. This week I’m focusing on food. I have had this love/hate relationship with food my whole life. I’m a foodie. I love trying new dishes, cuisines, and restaurants. Trying a flavor for the first time is the same high as walking out of an airport or a train station in a new city.

The hate side of food has been how I’ve associated it with weight. If I didn’t like what was on the scale in the morning it meant I had failed and I needed to deprive myself of calories to make up for and punish myself for the day before. I could deprive myself for weeks and then, of course, I’d rebel when I couldn’t take it anymore. I’d eat any and everything I could get my hands on. This was classic yo-yo dieting.

This year I wanted to try to improve my relationship with food. Food is fuel and we all need it. Food should be delicious, nutritious, and something we enjoy not something we’re afraid of. So here’s are some of the changes I’m trying to make:

Stop weighing myself every day: I have friends who never weigh themselves. I would love to be comfortable in my skin to get to that point. To be honest I’m not there yet. I have gone from a daily weigh into a weekly weigh in. That’s a small step in the scheme of things, but a huge one for me. I want to be less focused on a number and more concerned with how I’m feeling.

Listen to my cravings: This goes back to the depriving thing. I used to ignore my cravings if I felt they were for something that was “bad” so of course, I’d eat everything else and nothing would satisfy my appetite until I gave in to what I really wanted. So now I listen to what my body is telling me. Lately, I’ve been craving dark green veggies like there is no tomorrow. I think that’s mostly because I couldn’t eat them when I wasn’t feeling well last year. But there are times when I’m craving chocolate or some rich dessert and I let myself have it without guilt.

Spread out eating: I don’t do well with three big meals. I feel sluggish after them and am starving in between. Instead, I try to break my day out into five smaller meals. I basically eat a smaller breakfast, lunch, and dinner but I have two substantial snacks. I stay satisfied this way.

BYOL: I’m trying to be better about bringing my lunch to work. I do at least three days a week. I also try to pack my snacks. I find when I don’t plan ahead I eat the highly processed foods that are lying around not because I want that but because it’s there and I’m hungry. When I pack things like fruit, pickled veggies, hummus, and yogurt I don’t want to eat the chips or candy bars in the office. Packing lunch is also a great way to save some money each week which is another goal I have for the year.

Stay hydrated: If I’m diligent about drinking water throughout the day I eat less because I’m not as hungry. When I feel extra hungry some days I check in to make sure I have been hydrating throughout the day. I’ll drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If I’m still hungry I eat something but most of the time I’m not.

 

 

 

 

 

Mindful Monday: Habits vs Resolutions

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In January we tend to start the year of with lofty resolutions that if you’re like me and most people you tend to abandon by February. This year I’m saying adios to resolutions and instead focusing on habits that I want to improve on this and every year. So here are my goals for 2017:

Be healthier: I think the most common resolution around the new year revolves around weight loss and health. I don’t want to focus on a number on the scale, how many gym visits I fit into a week, or how much I can bench press. Instead, I think better goals are to be active and know when my body needs a rest day, eat good and nutritious food that I enjoy, and most importantly feel good about my body and how I look. To get to that place it’s not about being “perfect” it’s about being hydrated, wearing clothes that make me feel great, and getting the proper amount of sleep.

Cook more: I’m a foodie and I love going to restaurants and trying new dishes and cuisines. Even more satisfying is expanding my own repertoire in the kitchen. I have a lofty goal of making 365 new (to me) dishes this year. I’ve made six so far so we’ll see how this goes.

Save more and spend smarter: The past few years I’ve had some things come up where I’ve had to dip into savings. I want to have a cushier net and I want to be more mindful about spending.

Be better organized I keep busy with lots of different things in my life and when everything is full steam I get a bit scattered. I also can loose site of the big picture and that’s when things get out of balance. I am trying a Passion Planner this year to keep everything in one place and to make sure I’m spending my time well.

Write more: I don’t just mean blogging, I used to do more freelance writing and last year felt very blocked. I want to work on more pieces that mean something to me and send them out into the world.

Those are my larger focuses for the year which are playing out in some smaller projects, but more on that in the future. What are you concentrating on this year?