Remember way back when I started this blog, my goal was to eat healthier, non-processed, organic, local, pesticide-free foods. Not that I have abandoned that completely, but I haven't been as focused as I had initially sought out. So, I have decided to really get serious about that, once again; as with any relationship, including food, it is important to reflect, maintain, appreciate.
A few of the more important aspects of My Lifestyle Goals are as follows:
- Obviously, eating more fruits and vegetables -- more specifically, pesticide-free, local, organic, in-season...
- Including a variety of intact grains. I tend to stick to brown rice, quinoa, couscous, oats; but, I'd like to mix it up more, using amaranth, farro, millet, buckwheat, etc.
- Including a variety of legumes. I tend to stick to red/green lentils, chickpeas, black beans, adzuki -- time to mix it up and try something new.
- Drinking far more water than I have been recently. It is summer in Southern California, and I have not only not upped my intake of water, I have somehow managed to cut it down. Clearly, this is unwise.
- About meat. I'm no longer a vegetarian, but I choose to eat meat very rarely and only under very specific circumstances pertaining to the way the animal is fed, caught, etc. So, I have been incorporating meat about 3-4 times a month, specifically fish, and am happy to continue doing so for now. A great place to shop for humanely and naturally raised meat in the Los Angeles area is McCall's in Los Feliz.
- About protein. Eggs, legumes, certain vegetables, tofu provide enough protein without meat, and that has never been a concern of mine.
- Reduce my intake of flour products, like bread and pasta, as well as other refined, processed foods and sugars to only a very few times a month. I'm sure I will survive, and doing so will allow these types of foods to be special and enjoyed more thoroughly than they have been.
- And, of course, the other important habits: sleeping enough, exercising regularly, and relaxing/slowing down/reducing anxiety.
With all this said, what I have always been aiming at is a healthier lifestyle in order to smile more. I'm not interested in dieting. I am interested in changing my habits. These are the kinds of habits that take years to form for life, and I have really been able to make some of these a natural habit over the past two years. It is important to me to feel more energetic, and having been in and out of these habits for a few years now, I can say with absolute certainty that when I am following these guidelines more rigorously, I am much more optimistic and enthusiastic about my life.