Back in November I encountered the “Rich Habits.” I’ve done most of these most of the time since then:
- Exercise aerobically 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week.
- Track your eating.
- Eat less than 300 calories of junk food per day.
- Avoid fast food
- Floss daily.
- Sleep at least 7 hours a night.
- Set daily goals, in writing.
- Spend 30 minutes each day reading for self-improvement.
- Do everything in moderation.
- Think before speaking.
- Work toward developing relationships every day.
I haven’t done all of them. Specifically, I’ve been very bad at tracking food and, especially with the holidays, I have probably eaten 300 calories worth of sweets and starches every day, though not always “junk food.” I haven’t always gotten 7 hours of sleep and while the kids were here at Christmas I didn’t always get exercise in. Ditto while I was down with the virus that ended the holidays for me.
Stress is also the enemy of good habits, and I have been experiencing a lot of stress. Some unavoidable, some probably homemade.
But I really do want to transition fully to clean eating this year. Here’s a set of habits from DailyBurn:
- Eat breakfast every day within 30 minutes of getting up. I do eat breakfast daily, but usually not that quickly.
- Eat every 2 to 4 hours. I’m bad on this. Sometimes I have breakfast at 6:00 and lunch at 2:00.
- Mindful eating. This one needs work, for sure.
- More vegetables. Very important.
- Replace sugary drinks with water. Fortunately I’ve never gotten the sugary drinks habit.
- Eat one perfect meal each day. “Your perfect meal,” they explain, “should consist of about ⅔ vegetables – especially colorful, non-starchy vegetables like asparagus, peppers, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables, and broccoli – and ⅓ lean protein – with white meat poultry, fish, eggs, legumes, and lean cuts of meat being excellent choices. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of healthy fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds and unrefined oils (i.e. EVOO, flaxseed, coconut).”
- Cook at home. Not a problem for me — I’m an old-fashioned girl.
- Make better choices in restaurants. Definitely hard for me, but I don’t eat in restaurants that often.
DailyBurn mostly asks us to give up or severely limit the Evil 6:
- artificial sweeteners — I never use these
- alcohol — I very rarely drink and it’s easy for me not to, though I had a fair amount of wine during the holidays
- soy – I use soy sauce, but that’s it
- dairy — Christmas included plenty of cheese, which is the only dairy product I really have trouble doing without
- gluten — I love bread and pastry, so this one requires some discipline, but I am much more conscious of it and no longer have them with every meal
- sugar — I have a sweet tooth and I bet I have eaten candy or cookies or cake every day since Thanksgiving
It can be a habit to eat those things but it can also be a habit not to. The other list of habits is from the beginner’s program. We’re supposed to work on one each week, so this is breakfast week and I had better get up and eat my vegetable omelet and get a few thousand steps in for my workout.
I’ll also clean house, work, and see if I can get the first sleeve (the second first sleeve, that is) of #2 daughter’s Christmas sweater done.
I’m also going to see if I can destress a little bit. We’ve been having a stressful month, #1 daughter and I acknowledged yesterday, but she pointed out that it’s just timing. A car pileup on the freeway is also just timing, but we can work through this and be fine. I’m going to try to normalize things, to continue working on my good habits, and I am sure all will be well.