Key 2: Altered Perceptions

Flip Stressful Eating Habits

FLIP STRESSFUL EATING HABITS

Flip bad eating habits and turn your Dragons of Stress around. Hello dear Journeyers, In our exploration of Enchanted Key #2-Altered Perceptions, we’re going to take a look at your meal plan. I worry that you aren’t always eating enough nutritious food to keep your body properly fueled. This creates physical stress, as does eating at improper times, when your body is trying to rest and restore.

HOW DO YOUR MEALS HAPPEN?

How do you decide what you’re going to eat each day? Are you a hit-the-drive-through-on-the-way-home-from-work kind of person? Do you stuff a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies in your mouth, wash it down with a glass of milk, half a bag of potato chips and a meal replacement bar, while rummaging through the refrigerator for last week’s leftover spaghetti to heat? Or, on the other end of the continuum, do you have your meals planned out for the month, with an attached grocery shopping list?

MEAL PLAN COVERS MORE THAN JUST THE FOOD

So here’s the task for the rest of the week. I want you to figure out where your meals will come from, and what they will be, starting from today, (whenever you are reading this) for the next 7 days.

Assuming you said, “Oh, it’s Wednesday, time for my midweek Enchanted Breath! Let me open it right now,” you’d begin with Wednesday. Your plan might look something like this:

DAY                                                         WHERE

Wednesday                                               Home

Thursday                                                   Home

Friday                                                         Mom’s (or green beer at the local pub as it’s St. Patrick’s Day)

Saturday                                                    Out

Sunday                                                      Out

Monday                                                    Home

Tuesday                                                    Home

When you break it down, you really only have to figure out what to eat for four meals.

MULTIPURPOSE INGREDIENTS

You can do that. The third column is WHAT. If chicken, beef, or tofu is the starring entree in one meal, make enough to combine with vegetables in a wrap on another night. Have you cut up vegetables for a stir-fry with brown rice? Make extra so you can throw them into a stock for another meal of soup and salad.

ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

Whatever you can flip in honor of Altered Perceptions month, flip it to make it both healthy and easy for you. If you’re already organized and eat clean and green, look for another part of your nutrition that you can alter to improve. Maybe you could just honor the flip by having breakfast for dinner. Be sure to consider WHEN you eat as well. Space your meals and snacks and have only fluids after dinner. You’ll look forward to your break fast in the morning.

DRAGONS OF NUTRITIONAL STRESS

Let me guess. Did you have pizza yesterday since it was Pi Day (3.14)? The Dragons of Stress would stuff you with pizza every night if they could. They’ll also tell you it’s too hard to be organized. Let’s quiet them and make a plan for what’s ahead.

Time to take our Enchanted Breath for this week. It’s hump day. It’s also the Ides of March, so back against the wall before you close your eyes. (Just kidding.)

YOUR ENCHANTED BREATH

Take a deep and cleansing breath. Exhale. Another, please. Pull your shoulders down and gently tilt head down, chin to chest. Another slow inhale and exhale. With feet flat on the floor, straighten your back, head returned to a neutral position. Then arch your back, chin tilted upward. After a few breaths, resume the neutral position again.

Close your eyes and try on how great it feels to have your meals planned and the ingredients already waiting for you at home. No more taxing your body by pushing it past its hunger limits. No more scrambling. No more eating a day’s worth of calories in 10 minutes while trying to figure out what to make.

Spend a few moments truly enjoying the ahh of being organized and honoring the temple of your body. Booyah, Dragons of Stress! Return your attention to the present and jot down your plan for the week, along with the grocery shopping list before your Dragons drag you away from it.

Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha, and the aha! of life.”

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