21DJC Day 3 – What is Your Ideal Diet Like?

This is Day 3 of the 21-Day Journaling Challenge (21DJC) for Nov 2011. View list of tasks: 21DJC Overview.

Hi everyone – Welcome to Day 3 of 21DJC! :)

Yesterday’s question was this: “If you are to do something for free for the rest of your life, what would it be?“. (Read the responses here.) Some of you said you’d want to travel around the world and explore new places. Some of you said you’d want to grow and learn forever. Some of you said you’d want to pursue your passions, which may include writing, cooking, baking, blogging, developing games, motorcycling, write music, planting, fashion, recording music, coaching, caring for animals, and more. Some of you said you’d want to help others – be it to grow, to discover themselves, to be better people, or to live better lives.

3 years ago, I asked myself this very question. If I am to do something for free for the rest of my *life*, what would it be? The answer that came out is exactly what you see me doing today. It’s to grow and help others to grow. It’s to be spreading my message to the world, be it via writing, coaching, speaking, running courses, videos, or other mediums. (Essentially, what I’m doing now.) It’s to inspire others to become greater than who they are now, so they can in turn inspire others around them to be the same.

The reason why I asked myself the question is this – We only have one life to live. We have the ability in us to do whatever we want, and to succeed in whatever we want. Instead of wasting our talents doing something that we don’t even have the passion to do forever, why not spend all that energy, starting from today, in something we’re really, truly, 110% passionate about? Why not devote ourselves 110% into what we really want to do, rather than do something because we think we ‘have’ to, and do a half-assed job in it? Why not do that, and make that your career instead?

I mean, no matter how “skilled” or “unskilled” you are in it now, you only have, like, the rest of your life to develop your skills in it. It’s only a matter of time before you’re the best in that field, really. (10,000 hours is all that it takes)

In doing so, it doesn’t even feel like work. It doesn’t even require any energy to do it. It’s virtually effortless. I made that shift 3 years ago, and while there were a few months of down time to develop myself in a new field, today I’m soaking in the long-term rewards from the move. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life, and I want you to experience the joy too.

The following articles in the Passion & Career series will help you in this area:

Let’s now move on to the question for Day 3 of 21DJC! ;)

21DJC Day 3

For Day 3 today, we’re going to explore a slightly different topic from Days 1 and 2. In Day 1, we looked at what we would do if we have a million dollars. In Day 2, we delved into some of our deepest, life long passions – things we would do for free for the rest of our life. For Day 3, we’re going to look at something lifestyle-related.

The question for Day 3 is this:

What is Your Ideal Diet Like?

What is your ideal diet like?

Would it consist of happy meals, deep fried food and junk food? Would it be prepacked, micro-waved meals from the supermarkets? Would it be laden with fat? Would it be filled with meat? Would it be rich with vegetables and fruits? Would it be specially prepared, home cooked meals made by you, for you? What would your ideal breakfast, lunch, dinner be like? How much, how often, and when would you eat every day? What would your cue to eat?

Put on your reflection cap and let your thoughts flow. Below is an empty form which you can use to write your answers to the question. Treat it as your private 21DJC journaling “room”, if you will. You will be seeing this form every day, for the 21 days of the challenge. There’s a button for you to keep track of your word count too, if you’re interested.

(Note you will not see the form below if you’re viewing this in your email client. Visit the actual post online to see the form.)

What is Your Ideal Diet Like?

Your Task Today:

  1. Reflect and answer today’s question. There’s no word limit – whether minimum or maximum. Write as few or as many words as you want. It’s all up to what you want to express!
  2. Share your answer. After you are done writing, copy and paste your answer in the comments area and post it there.
  3. Check out other participants’ answers. Other participants will be sharing their answers too, so feel free to read and reply to their answers. This is a group course, so let’s support each other in these 21 days.
Look forward to reading your answers! :D

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  1. KnottyNancy says:

    My ideal diet would be one where I could obtain fresh produce and fresh meat all year long. It would also allow me to not have a budget for food, and plenty of time to cook good meals for my family. I feel better when I eat a more fresh, healthy diet. It is just the cost of trying to do so where I live. There is a a relatively short growing period, so truly fresh foods are only available for about 3 months. The rest of the time the cost become prohibitive for the greens and the fruits. There are plenty of root veggies available through the winter, but they are not great for the long term diet. I would love to get away from processed foods, from lots of refined sugar, and from so much packaged stuff.

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  2. Vibha says:

    My Ideal diet wouldnt be anything complex…on a daily basis my ideal diet would be mainly fresh vegetables…lots of Spinach and Garlic and Carrots…Tomatoes…cumcumbers and mushrooms and beans along with some tastemakers!

    Also eggs would be an essential part of my diet…

    And since I like seafood…I would incorporate fishes as they are essential for bodys growth and development!

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  3. Megan says:

    My ideal diet is nothing like the way I really eat. I would love to have some more willpower, and the first step is probably admitting it to myself right here on this comment thread! Since I am on the thinner side, I am able to justify all the crap I eat by telling myself “Just this one time won’t hurt.” I have noticed a little bit of weight gain, but nobody else has (at least that’s what they are telling me, lol!)

    My ideal diet would begin with a fresh fruit smoothie for breakfast every single morning. Maybe a bowl of oatmeal or cream of wheat, or some plain yogurt with a spoonful of organic jam mixed in from time to time. For lunch, ideally I would like to have a salad every day. Maybe slightly different salads each day to mix it up, but salads none-the-less. For dinner, I would like to make sure that I cook healthy wholesome dinners myself each and every night, except for when we are having leftovers from the night before. I’d like to purchase the America’s Test Kitchen healthy recipes cookbook, since I trust their recipes to always be tasty no matter how healthy. Throughout the day I would like to be snacking on fruit and nuts. I would have to always reserve my weekends to eat one meal a day whatever I want, be it In n Out or Fuddruckers (my 2 guilty pleasures), some lasagna, some delicious carrot cake or cheesecake, whatever I want. I think I could handle sticking to my created diet during the week if I promised myself 2 meals on the weekend with no restrictions.

    I really don’t know why I eat so crappy when my innermost desires are revealed to be that I genuinely want to eat healthy and love what I’m eating and feel no guilt after I do. I snack on fun-size candy bars all day that are leftover from Halloween, eat Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for lunch, loads of cheese for breakfast and sneak sips of egg nog whenever I get a quick break between activities or committments. I am in the fast lane for weight gain if I keep it up! I think I am a boredom eater. Now that I have just read what came from my own thoughts and innermost desires I am really going to try to change up the way I am eating. Wow.

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  4. Hire a cook, consult a nutritionist and eat the best food possible. Develop a taste for food. Experience the various cuisines. Consuming the foods which keep me healthy, wealthy and wise.

    What I understand from my little know how of food is-

    Lots of salads, fruits and vegetables, nuts and coconut.
    Anything home made because my doctor says your body gets adjusted to the oil and other things.
    From less to no junk food.

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  5. Malar says:

    My ideal diet would be:

    Breakfast(8am) – Glass of fresh fruit juice without added sugar, Cereals / Oats with milk, 1 Egg, Cut fruits
    Lunch(1pm) – 4 phulkas(oil free chapathis), 1 cup vegetable curry, 1 small cup dal(pulses), 1 cup of curds and 1 cup of fresh salad.
    Fruits: A fruit at 11am and another at 4pm.
    Dinner 7:30pm – 2-3phulkas, 1 cup boiled sauteed vegetables and a fruit or salad.

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  6. Emily says:

    Balanced– my ideal diet would be include a healthy breakfast to start the day off right, a light yet very tasty lunch and a fabulous dinner with a glass of wine.

    For example, to energize myself in the morning I would like to have a small bowl of tropical fruits like papaya, kiwi, cantaloupe and pineapple. A good sustainable breakfast for me would be an omelette with mushroom, spinach and feta and a piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter. Sometimes I would like to treat myself to a plate of French toast with pure maple syrup, bananas and blackberries. Mmm delicious!

    An ideal lunch for me would be a tasty healthy salad with my favourite fixings. Seasoned grilled chicken on mixed greens, topped with sliced avocado, red onion, raspberries, goat cheese and pine nuts with balsamic vinaigrette. I also really love Santa Fe chicken salads with chipotle, lime or cilantro dressing.

    Having fresh seafood for dinner on a regular basis would incredible. Sablefish, salmon, halibut, crab, lobster, coconut crusted prawns, calamari, oysters, ahi tuna…you name it, I’m in! I love a mean steak with pan-fried mushrooms, sweet potato mash and grilled asparagus, zucchini or maple glazed carrots. I could dine happy at any restaurant that serves good Mexican, Italian, Japanese or Thai food. And I have a weakness for breads and pasta – fresh basil, balsamic, pesto and cream.

    I’ve never been much of a dessert person. I would rather nibble on biscotti and sip on a cappuccino after a meal. ~

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  7. P.Callychurn says:

    The most important person in my life remains my mother. She is no more in this world to-day. Widowed at a very young age in very tragic circumstances, when I was five , the eldest of 3 sons , the youngest being hardly a month. She had to struggle hard, very hard indeed, in a cruel and hostile environment to bring up her children. She even refused a re-marriage proposal for the sake of her children. In those days the majority of the people were poor, and we were the poorest. She had to work 6 days a week, and on Sundays try to earn a few pennies by doing odd jobs available in the neighbourhood. In addition she had to cook food , rear animals, goats ,cows and poultry to ensure basic , food and clothing for the family. What courage and willpower she displayed will remain a mystery for us and for the people around. Suffice it to say that, at a time when more than 50% of the population could not afford to send their children for primary schooling, she made sure her children studied up to secondary level. Herself, being illiterate and vulnerable.
    When I completed my secondary education, I was selected to be a teacher. But the appointment letter did not comer due to administrative constraints. When my mother came to know about it she had to hide her frustration , and encouraged me to study further stressing that she could still work, and reflecting that the worst days were behind us.
    As we grew up, I became a Teacher, my second brother, Police Officer, and the youngest also joined the teaching profession. And my mom continued to work towards buying a potion of land to have a house and a home of our own.
    In a next phase my brothers decided with my mother’s consent that I should go to India for University studies. I completed my degree , came back to Mauritius changed job , offering better perspective and made it to the top of the administrative structure. My two brothers also persevered in their respective field. All through my mother remained the main focus, the single source of inspiration.
    In between we got married had children of our own, got busy in family circumstances and professionally. It is not that we did not looked after our mother as we should have, the daughter-in-laws too being quite attentive, but we failed to understand what her priorities were , how to go about it. Deep down we remained traditional , where the situations warranted modern understanding and approach to family problems . Like how to go about attending to my ailing mother in a continuous and consistent manner where the responsibilities were shared among three brothers, each one as concerned to give the best.
    Now that she is not around I keep thinking of all that I could have done but was not able to do for many reasons, the main one being my own incapacity to respond to calls of assistance and support. All I can do now is to wish and pray that if ever I have to live my life again, I want to have this grand lady as my mom, and pray that I am gifted with that strength and willpower to play my role as a son unto the end. It’s not surprising that in many societies women are considered as Goddesses. For me, my mother will remain a goddess.

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  8. heather says:

    The most important person in my life is unfortunately not with us anymore but will always be in my heart. That person is my grandmother. She cared for me as a child, when my parents were too busy with their own lives to be bothered with me. She played endless dress up and card games. I went everywhere with her. She didn’t drive so we had to walk but it was a small town so we were able to and she knew everyone. As I grew older she listened to my every complaint, whine, and cry without ever complaining herself. When I graduated from highschool she and my family traveled from Ohio to Florida to see me and I didn’t spend a lot of time with them. Shortly after we lost my grandfather and my life spirald out of control and she never judged me. She just sat and listened. When my daughter was born she sent me boxes of baby stuff because she couldn’t be there with me. She got lung cancer and fought it so hard but it took her and I watched her go a little at a time. I didn’t get to see her much because I was so far away but I could tell every time that I talked to her she was getting worse, yet she still never complained. She was so worried about the rest of the family. She died when my son was but a month old. She never got to see him. He cooed and ahhhed all through the funeral and we swore it was her talking to us. It was a little bit of comfort on such a hard day. I think she sometimes that she went at such a hectic time on purpose so that I wouldn’t have time to mourn her but I mourn her every day that she isn’t with me. I just wish that I was able to tell her more how much she meant to me and how deeply she touched my life.

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  9. Zita says:

    I’m not sure if this post is going to the right question…as I tried to do this several times and it’s showing Day 3.

    This post is for Day 5! Who is the most important person to you in the world?
    I gave this a great deal of thought since I consider my mom, children and siblings, friends all very important to me. But if I were to pick one, it would have to be my God! God’s blessed me with the gift of faith, and so many wonderful things in my life and lots of not so wonderful things that have helped me to grow. I truly believe all great and good things come from my higher power! As I write this though, I do realize I need to put more time into our relationship….

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  10. katrina says:

    My ideal diet would be getting all the required fruits and vegetables on a daily basis with a personal chef preparing all meals. Everything would be oh so delicious, but healthy! THIS would be my ideal diet.

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  11. Taffi says:

    Meat and Cheese
    Random Carbs in between….
    Lots of cookies

    Alright, that is a joke!!!

    My ideal diet would consist of lots of good tasting food. Everything in moderation. I would increase my intake of more vegatables and fruits, probably decrease the amount of sugar and processed stuff i intake, as well as coffee. Intake lots more water. Focus on health. I would try a gluten free diet and see if it helps me.

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  12. Dinesh says:

    Well, my diet pretty mixed. Ever since i started working out in the gym to gain weight, i’ve been eating a lot of food. I try my best to eat steam meat and vegetables outside. I also try to eat every few hours to increase the caloric intake.

    However, i do have something i call the cheat day (usually once or twice a week), where i allow myself to indulge with my cravings, such as fast food, western food & Indian food. :shy:

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  13. Amina says:

    I prefer home cooked meals made by my mother; and I love to eat everything but not eating to much; I love salads the most.

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  14. zoom6628 says:

    Because i recognise how foolishly selfish I am would have to say it is me. The person who affects me emotionally the most is my ex-wife – not because we have acrimonious seperation but because she is still good to me and cares about my welfare in spite of all i did to her. And what she says can still send my heart soaring like and eagle to down into the dungeons of Mordor with just a few words.

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  15. zoom6628 says:

    Ok….stupid me not concentrating after a morning yoga practice……just put day 5 comment on Day 3 page…..Duh! Sorry all. :shy:

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