I think the best thing we can do as we enter into January 2022 is examine our relationship to the food we eat. Even for vegans, this is a good idea. We do it to improve and maintain good health and eating habits to ensure longevity and vitality.
We take a look at the past year, even the holidays, and examine our food consumption by: recalling inner dialogue as we grocery shopped, prepared and cooked meals, ordered take out, or ate at restuarants; what were we thinking, feeling, and telling ourselves? One thing that stands out for me is that I purchased more packaged/frozen vegan foods than fresh vegan foods. My inner dialogue was, I need to eat more fresh fruit and vegtables.
Also, I think it is important to reflect on the positive and negative aspects of our relationship to the food we ate. It gives us the opportunity to appreciate the positive things and continue them in this new year, as well as take opportunity to eliminate the negative things. We come up with a plan to improve our relationship with food consumption. One of the positive aspects for me is juicing. I appreciate that I came up with a plan to incorporate fresh produce in my food consumption. However, I did it periodically. Thus, an intention for this month is set a goal that will allow me to juice more often. It really makes my body feel extremely alive and energized. I love that feeling. One of the negative for me is food choices, e.g. breads. My inner dialogue was, I’m eating too much bread and bakery and gaining weight. I never really liked bread so much; why now? I notice how my enegy slows down when I consume bakery. That’s what I never liked about it.
The process of examination does not have to be hard. Here are some simply suggestions:
- Journaling and/or,
- Creating a Positive | Negative side by side list, Then
- Creating goals for the new year
- Recording the results
It is important to not overwhelm the process. Do not give up. Reward and share triumphs.
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