conscious consumption: how i’ve transformed my diet
One of the many reasons that I’ve started blogging is to capitalize on writing’s power to make me more conscious of my lifestyle decisions. Personally, recording my thoughts and goals has had a serious impact on my organization and level of discipline. First goal to tackle: achieve a diet that will help me realize my fullest potential; clearer thinking, higher energy levels, and overall healthier body.
I have said to myself for quite some time now that I want to be more mindful of what I put into my body. Well, starting last Monday, I have adhered to a strict pescetarian gluten-free diet. It is a diet that I want to continue for the foreseeable future since I think it’s a fit for me. Fish provides a rich natural source of Omega-3, there is a lot of variety and flexibility in the preparation of fish, and I am less at odds with the commercial source of it. It has only been 8 days but I feel great and I don’t find it that challenging, aside from the occasional feelings of hunger and cravings for a juicy steak. These are things that I know I will adjust to as I learn to appreciate new foods.
Mindful eating is one way that I hope to gain a stronger appreciation for new foods, as well as reduce my caloric intake, which was likely above average before I started being more conscious about my eating habits. Mindful eating is the practice of dedicating your full attention to your food to reduce the speed at which we eat and the distractions of multi-tasking. In America, especially, eating is often a chore with an end goal of being 100% full. We try to achieve this as fast as possible, often while working or doing other things. Mindful eating is one thing that I still have to work at but so far it feels great to close your eyes and taste a fresh piece of fruit and appreciate the quality of the food and the benefits to your body.
My first hurdle in this new diet: SXSW. Austin, the land of pulled pork, beef brisket, and all things that are good will be staring me in the eye, tempting me. I’d like to think that by that point, I won’t be craving such things but we shall see come March 8th.