21DSD - Day #6 (Mindful Eating, Part 2)

Day 6 of our sugar-free journey -- Done!

Here is my Daily Success Log Entry for July 23rd. Note: Food portions are approximations. Veggies are local. Meat is local, 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. Poultry & Eggs are local & pasture-raised:

  • Sleep Time & Quality: 8 hours.
  • Exercise: 8,360 Steps (3.3 Miles) and 5 Hours of Good Posture. Morning Walk w/ Tim & Boys, Hot Pilates (1 Hour).
  • Mood & Energy: Excellent
  • Breakfast: Tarragon & Winter Savory Omelet (3 Eggs). 3 Slices bacon. 2 Small Sausage links.
  • Lunch: Tuna Salad w/ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds & Homemade Avocado Oil Mayo.
  • Dinner: Sirloin Steak (6-1/4" slices) & Pan-Seared cabbage. 
  • Snacks: 1/4-C Roasted Pistachios
  • Notes: Was a bit sluggish from the Benadryl I've been taking for the skin rash (allergic reaction from herbal patch applied to sore shoulder).

Real Food Toolbox Tip

Friday I introduced "mindful eating". And I did so within the context of the "Carrots vs. Carrot Cake Dilemma" (which is a term I coined, btw). Today I want to delve further into the concept of mindful eating. Because this is THE essential utensil for your Real Food Toolbox. Mindful eating is the underlying principle of the Realistic FoodEs philosophy food ideology.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
— "What is Mindfulness." Greater Good. University of California, Berkeley, n.d. Web. 24 July 2016

Intention and acceptance are principles of mindfulness. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel. There is no judgment. Mindfulness means paying attention to our thoughts and feelings. Accepting them for what they are. And living in that moment. Focus on what we currently are sensing in the present. Not rehashing the past or imaging the future.

Mindful Eating - Hands (Med).jpg

I created Realistic FoodEs to promote a lifestyle of eating mostly Real Food. And mindful eating is the primary tool that will empower you through this journey: 

  • Choosing what to eat with intention -- ideally for the purpose of taking care of yourself.
  • Using you senses to eat with awareness -- Paying attention to notice your food (the colors, tastes, smells, and textures). And with each moment and bite, notice how the food is effecting your body.

The point of the "Carrots vs. Carrot Cake Dilemma" is that whichever you choose is your decision. I mean let's be real -- life without carrot cake is simply not practical, nor desirable. That's the "Realistic" aspect of this Blog.

Obviously, carrots are the choice if your purpose is to nourish your body and respect your liver. Carrot cake won't accomplish either of these. But there may be valid reasons to choose carrot cake. Reasons that have nothing to do with physical health, but more emotional well-being:

  • Celebrating a special occasion with your loved ones.
  • Respect the hospitality of and the effort put forth by the host(ess) of a dinner party.
  • Or maybe you just had a rotten day and carrot cake will make you feel better. 

But be honest about why you're making this choice. "Special" means rare - not every day or every few days. So this is not the same as eating cake served when a random office worker celebrates a birthday. And if your host(ess) did not bake cake, will you really be hurting his/her feelings by politely declining it? If you are choosing cake more frequently after a hard day of work. Then maybe there are healthier ways to deal with this stress.

But once you make your decision, accept it and own it. No judgment. Instead, live of each moment of your decision with awareness. In other words, don't scarf down the food. Take time to assess how you feel with each bite. If you've celebrated enough, or fulfilled your obligation as a guest, or feel better about your day, or if you scratched that itch. Then just push the cake away. And get back on track with Real Food.

Stopping is as much of a decision as starting. And every moment is a reference point. If you decided to stop eating the cake before it was gone. Then remember why you did this. And file it away in your memory bank. Or better yet -- record this thought in your food journal. If you totally gorged on the cake. Then later felt physically ill or guilty. Then remember these feelings too. This is how you build your mindful eating memory bank. And develop the mindful eating skill.

Veggies are the main attraction on my plate nowadays!

Veggies are the main attraction on my plate nowadays!

This works the same for carrots. If you decide you want to stay on course with Real Food, then own that too. I'll be honest, before I started on my journey, veggies only made cameo appearances on my plate. But now -- veggies have the starring role, proteins are the supporting actor, and grains have a bit part, if appearing at all. And that's because I truly do enjoy each moment I eat those veggies. Partly because I love the taste. But I also love making choices that support my health. When I take a detour, I am at peace with my decision. So I take the time to relish these sweet moments too. No regrets.

Tim & I don't regret our indulgences from earlier this month. At the same, we have specific memories of how we felt some time after we ate. These were not memories of guilt or shame. We just felt rather blah and out of control. Like we lost our way. Not the same satisfaction and happiness we feel when we are staying on course with Real Food. So all of this becomes a frame of reference for the next time we are faced with the "Carrots vs. Carrot Cake Dilemma".

The choice of what you eat is always yours. Mindful eating is an essential utensil that will guide you in making decisions about food. And help you find that right balance between carrots and carrot cake.

Kick Sugar To The Curb!

Are you ready for a challenge? The 21 Day Sugar Detox is a great way to jump start your Real Food journey. For more information, please Click Here! I KNOW you can do this!!

And please feel free to Contact me with any questions. The 21DSD is such an excellent tool for your Real Food Toolbox that I decided to promote it as an Affiliate.*

If you decide to take this challenge, please let me know. I have received so much support and positive energy from you all. That I would like to return the favor :-)

Additional Sources: