Daily Cupcake #29: Curiosity
Food. I love eating. I especially love mixing in lots of emotional aspects whether it be the positive stuff, like as part of celebrating and socializing or the negative stuff, like as a coping mechanism when I'm sleep deprived and just want all the chocolate. I've always been glad that I lead such an active lifestyle, so I can eat more.
But there is the health side of it, and I try to make most of my food decisions around my health. Namely, I look for simple ingredients and shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
Food is curious though.
I need it to survive and have energy for my day. I'm fortunate to have abundant access to it, yet I still think about it all the time. What will I eat next? What's best? How will that go with the rest of the day? What about what I ate yesterday or might eat this weekend?
Food is occupying a bit too much brain space, so I'm shifting my approach.
At different points in my life, I've had food calendars, bought cook books, kitchen tools, etc. Generally, I used these approaches to learn how to cook in the first place.
Now I want to think less about food and only fuel my thinking about other stuff.
Last night I made a note in my phone with three optimal (health and energy) meal options for each meal and snack in the day. The idea is I can pick either of the three options at each point in the day and wind up with a balanced day.
Today was the first day. I thought less about food. I had energy. It was glorious.
Which leads me to this #DailyCupcake about Curiosity that follows the Pilates principle of "flow". Depending on what you need in your day you can take:
Just a nibble: “Approach daily challenges from a place of curiosity rather than judgment.” GinIlich, Helios Center for Movement, Chicago
A few bites: Practice a three pronged approach to challenges: take a moment to give yourself perspective, consider response options in terms of likely effort and outcomes, choose an option that meets your needs.
Every last bite: Pick a habit to change and practice the three-pronged approach.