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. Anu says:

    I am a vegetarian and I eat more fruits than a monkey in the tropical jungle. So my ideal diet would be lots of fruits, veggies ( i like to have as many colors as possible on my plate) and chapathis/ Indian bread. I am a real milk baby, and enjoy having warm cocoa, yogurt and smoothies. Both my husband and I appreciate good food, so we do indulge in cakes, fried items and snacks- cooking and eating! But we do it in small portions, so we can indulge ourselves without feeling guilty.

    I also follow tips from the website http://www.webmd.com, to make sure we eat the most nutritious fruits and veggies. Since I cook all meals at home, its easy to buy the stuff from farmers market and plan my menus accordingly. In the US, there is such a variety of raw food to choose from, that I can follow my no-repetition-in-meals policy for min. 2 weeks.

    And of course, water- lots and lots of it!

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  2. Kathy says:

    My ideal diet consists of:

    1) low-fat, low-carb, high fibre and no caffeine ~ which translates to less or zero fried, no junk, high protein, variety of vegetables and plenty of water.

    2) fresh from the market and single-handedly prepared by myself

    3) different menus at every meal time

    4) lots of exercises ~ physically and mentally

    5) enough portions to satisfy my tummy (as I can be a big-eater at times!)

    6) occassionally, my favourite Tiramisu and Cheesecake as desserts and good wine to accompany with (yummy yummy!!)

    With this diet, I am sure my ideal weight and ideal looks will follow suit in no time!

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  3. syndee says:

    my perfect diet would be one that works for me. so far the only thing I’ve found that works is to not eat… period. when I stopped eating breakfast I lost 35 pounds and when I wasn’t able to make my own meals I lost another 35 pounds and there;s still plenty of room for improvement but I have to eat something in order to take all my meds. and I’m already on a major low-carb diet to keep my non-medicated diabetes under control so I’m kinda at a loss as to what else to do.

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    • Monique says:

      Sorry, but that’s not going to work well for you in the long run. Exercising is a lot more beneficial than dieting because in the long run, exercising makes you want to eat better food! And less.You can start with a basic walking program. Just saying!

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  4. Tarun K Soni says:

    I am careless about my diet and I eat what ever I get, only vegetarian.

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  5. Monique says:

    I eat pretty well…mostly vegan, with dark chocolate and red wine for a treat on occasion. I try to stay away from any prepackaged ‘processed’ food and feel a lot better because of it!

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  6. ilianaki94 says:

    I would cook most of that . Big breakfast ,fruits and vegetables , chinese food and sushi and lots of healthy sweets

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  7. Atira says:

    Actually the word “diet” puts me off. It conjures up images of forcing oneself to eat what one does not really like, but which is healthy and therefore unappetizing. Just being a bit difficult.

    To return to the question of my ideal diet, and answering it in a whimsical mood, I would like to say that I prefer a diet of peace. Whatever I ingest should give me peace and tranquility. Thinking of food in a literal way, I am keen on only eating to live and not living to eat. So I would restrict myself to eating more vegetables and fruit, less meat and fish. I like to eat small meals. Sometimes I think that I must have been a squirrel or a bird in my previous birth as I like nuts and seeds and fruit.

    In a figurative sense, the ideal diet would include taking in or absorbing only that kind of information, opinions and views that would keep me at peace with myself and with others.

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  8. Sailingawaytoday says:

    Of course on my ideal diet I would not gain weight or feel sluggish and have to take naps from being full. My favorite diet would be one of real southern food. Pork ribs in sweet, hickory barbecue sauce, golden brown biscuits with thick yellow butter, healthy fresh garden picked asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, icy cold lemonade, with slices of lemon and made with real sugar and served in a tall frosty glass. For dessert, what else, but a double crust, deep dish blackberry cobbler. With that said I’ll go back to so called new and improved ideal diet of rabbit food, salads and low calorie dressings with grilled chicken breast, low calorie yogurt and slices of melba toast on the side. For dessert, what else but fruit..yum yum.

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  9. Yuki says:

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

    8 glass of water everyday
    sufficient vitamin C and E supplement
    at least 3 fruit per day
    must eat any vegetable a day
    1 protein meals for breakfast and milk
    1/2 protein 1/2 carbohydrate meals for lunch
    1 carbohydrate meals for dinner and milk

    stay out from

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  10. Dawn says:

    My ideal diet would be very healthy and compassionate. I am a vegetarian making the transformation to vegan. After learning about where my food comes from, and how cruel and dirty factory farming is for the animals and workers, I’ve decided that is not somewhere I want my hard-earned money going towards.
    My reverance for Mother Nature and all living creatures on Earth is stronger than my desire to taste meat. The food that is meant to nourish my body should not be the product of cruelty.
    I would love to have a daily supply of fresh vegetables, fruits, berries, beans and rice. All cultivated locally and pesticide free. Ideally, I would have a personal vegan chef prepare all my meals so I wouldn’t have to spend time cooking anymore! It sounds outlandish, but isn’t that what ideals are supposed to be like? I don’t think I will be able to afford a personal chef any time soon, so until then, I do the best I can. I buy locally when I can, and research the brands I buy. I find it is a lot less expensive to buy rice and beans and fresh vegetables from the local produce stand than it is buying conventional packaged foods from the store, so I am saving money too!

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  11. Annie says:

    I love food. I love eating with my friends and family. I grew up in the Philippines and food has and always been a big part of my culture. And so I learn to eat everything, from vegetables to meat, to fish and grains.

    But what I like most is eating healthy home cooked meals. Its easy to make yet healthy.

    Fresh local vegetables and fruits. Farm raised meat,chicken and fresh seafood.

    I have been abroad for over 4 years now. From Holland to Norway to Italy to France. I have tasted so many things.

    But I always go back to my Asian palate.

    So I think My Ideal diet consist of anything anything Asian. Rice is a staple, lots of vegetables and spices.

    I love fruits too. Oranges, Kiwis, apples. :) I enjoy all of them.

    I don’t go on strict diet of some sort, I believe that food or meal for that matter, should be enjoyed in its most authentic form.

    For me its all a matter of balance.

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  12. Edrick says:

    My Ideal diet is supposed to allow me to eat as much as I want without getting fat. Period. I like food, and food likes me.

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  13. Anand V says:

    Variety and Frequency

    I prefer the same kind of food everyday, only rotating the veggies. That is the way it has always been for me. The standard 4 meals a day is ideal for adults, with as much tea as you want in between meals. Also to keep it simple – what is simple is what is practical.

    What is the best food?

    The best food is just the healthiest food. We don’t have the capacity to eat more than what we exactly require (though it seems we do.) I myself need to be more careful because my ethnic sub-group (chubby Indians) and genetic predisposition make me more prone to lifestyle diseases.

    I am vegetarian (and there is no way to change this.) I have thought of turning vegan, but I think curds/yoghurt is the greatest invention of mankind.

    The food my family traditionally cooks is the best for me. I would however under-cook it, and also eliminate the oil and butter. It is important to learn the traditional herbs and spices because there is more to healthy food than balancing proteins + carbs + fats.

    Do we need junk food or gourmet meals?

    All refined foods (including sugar) are as good as poison. But to feel pampered, I would need to use my imagination and keep a stock of things like Pu-erh Tea and dark chocolate.

    Trial and error

    Food and sleep equally determine your intellectual (and moral) capacity. It requires trial and error to determine which foods are good for you. For example, you are either a rice person or a wheat person and dairy products may not go well with you.

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  14. Ilona says:

    My ideal diet should be base on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. I prefer home-made dishes. I would like to buy only what I am going to cook/ eat. I think it is important not to waste a food, not to buy more than I need

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  15. Charles says:

    My ideal diet is to have a big breakfast of meat, eggs and vegetables with coffee and BUTTERED toast around 10:00 am. The meat could be just about any traditional breakfast meat–sausage, bacon, pork chops, steak, etc. The eggs could come over easy, scrambled or in an omelet. The vegetables could come commingled with eggs in the form of an omelet and preferably fresh from my garden (two of my favorites in an omelet are okra and spinach but others like zucchini are good too) accompanied by some fruit (fresh or frozen). A couple of times a week I like oatmeal (old fashioned) seasoned with cinnamon, raisins, berries or fruit, nuts, butter and brown sugar topped with half and half or heavy cream.

    For lunch around (2 – 3:00 pm) I like something like a small steak, can of tuna or a couple of pieces of chicken (fried or baked) with a side or two of vegetables from my garden and perhaps a salad.

    Meanwhile for dinner, (around 6:30 pm), I’ve probably had the crock pot going all day with a little bit of everything but the kitchen sink in it–potatoes, celery, carrots, garlic, onions, beef, pork or chicken, possibly some beans and/or rice and whatever else I can find around the kitchen, garden or pantry that seems like a good idea at the time to throw in there, all seasoned with a wide experimental assortment of herbs and spices.

    Later, after dinner, I sometimes have a snack of buttered popcorn seasoned with salt, turmeric, garlic powder and a dash of curry.

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