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. Bonnie Jo says:

    I already eat my ideal diet. I eat healthy, and I have my treats :). I do wish that my favorite fruits were always ripe and in season though!

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  2. Ish says:

    My ideal diet would be home-cooked, vegetarian, with a high proportion of fruits and vegetables, with grains / tofu for protein.
    I am already vegetarian, but I often eat too little protein and too much carbs and milk products like cheese . Ideally, I should decrease these, but not eliminate them completely.

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  3. Ania says:

    3 healhty, balanced meals with nothing in between, one day at the time

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  4. Borjana says:

    My ideal diet would be very diverse it would consist of organic home made vegetables and meats but i would also made my own fruit and chocolate deserts. Most of the food would be prepared by me but some would be prepared by professional chefs.But sometimes i would also like to eat fast foods like pizza, Italian food, MC Donald’s , etc.

    For my breakfast i would like to have fresh fruit or fruit salads. Sometimes i would like to have healthy cereals mix, and sometimes i would like to have sandwich and orange fresh orange juice, rarely i would have pancakes and pastries.

    Between breakfast and lunch i would like to have a small snack like tea and cookies on winter time and fruit and a muffin in summer time. But most of the time i would keep my diet healthy.

    For lunch which is main course in my country i would like to eat soups, salads and slow cooked homemade dishes made of organic foods. But sometimes i would like to go out and eat whatever i want from fast food to Italian food like pastas. I would like to eat salad with every lunch if it is possible.

    If i would have a snack between lunch and dinner it would mostly be fruit or organic cereal bar or something energizing but not unhealthy.

    And finally i would try to keep my dinner small and mostly made of grilled fish, chicken and vegetables. As light and as organic as possible, of course with exceptions of few times when i eat out or when i indulge with a loved one.

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  5. Meredith says:

    What is your ideal diet like?

    My ideal diet would be nothing like what my actual diet is. I would like to eat healthfully but most of my diet is full of processed, oily and fatty foods as that is what I grew up on. I know this is severely impacting different aspects of my health. The problem is that I struggle to eat vegetables (much less a salad!) regularly because the taste and texture make me physically sick. I have been working on this the past 5 years but so far to no avail. Any suggestions?

    I would LOVE to eat locally grown and organic fruits, vegetables and grass-fed, humanely-raised farm animals. Meat/poultry would only be a small part of my diet compared to plant-based matter. I wouldn’t prohibit myself from eating things that are not healthy for me, but I would hope that they simply wouldn’t be as tasty as the more healthful foods in my diet.

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    • Ellen says:

      Are there any veggies you do like?
      Maybe you could see yourself as a child in the veggie-eating-business and start with what small children often like. Stuff like carrots and cucumber.
      Carrots could be raw,or cooked, mashed with potatoes, chopped finely in bread or muffins.
      Just start with one vegetable and eat it, in small amounts, for 3-4 days in a row.

      Small children often have issues with salad, courgette, paksoy etc. because of the texture!!

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  6. Aletta Oelofse says:

    I’m very busy and have many responsibilities and therefore food preparation is very low on my list. I’d LOVE to be able to come to a buffet and be able to choose what I’d like to eat without having to go through the rigmarole of preparation … wink wink, dream on …

    I’d love to be able to sustain a 75% raw food diet. Reason why I don’t want to go full raw is because I LOVE fish and sushi and don’t want to stop eating that. Also, prep work during winter could be quite heavy.

    Enough of the what I can and can’t and won’t. My ideal diet: hmmmm … I’m at a stage in my life where when I drink Coke, eat chocolate or other nutrient low foods I feel as if it’s draining all the vitamins and minerals from my body in order to digest it as it’s not whole foods. Yes, I still enjoy a snack of chips, etc. but don’t feel so good about it anymore. I now take rye bread with salad to work and it’s not the kind of food you gobble up quickly as a comfort food. It is the kind of food you eat because you are giving your body the necessary fuel.

    So, ideal diet: SUSHI EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE!! watermelon, litchis, banana, kiwi fruit, star fruit, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, jackfruit, granadillas, pears, grapes, pink lady apples, wow, I could live on this!! Then also tomatoes, raw zucchini pasta with raw tomato dressing or basil pesto. Green smoothies, just love them!! Strawberry and other berry smoothies. Food as unprocessed and whole as possible. I don’t need mixes or combinations really. I can easily do the simple repetitive stuff.

    SUSHI, food of the gods!

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  7. My ideal diet would be full of fruits and vegetables with molluscs ans fish! AS less meat as possible!
    Preferably home cooked, steamed.
    With as less fat as possible.
    Anything healthy.

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  8. Jessica Ramirez says:

    I could give a big lecture on my ideal diet. I would eat lots of raw veggies, with organic meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, beans, grains, and yummy almond milk.

    The beginning of the day would be 2 servings of steel cut oats made with vanilla almost milk, a drizzle of both honey and pure maple syrup (not the pancake syrup), and finally a scoop of peanut butter. A glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.

    Then I would have a snack of 2 servings of granola with dried cranberries, dried apricots, and nuts.

    Lunch would be various meal combinations of 2 servings of protein, 2 servings of grains, 2 servings of veggies, and 1 serving of dairy. Example: a turkey sandwich on 12-grain bread, topped with tomatoes, spinach, and Dijon mustard, with a side salad (yellow tomatoes, romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, carrots, mozzarella balls, and balsamic vinaigrette. Or some pinto beans with Spanish rice and a sautéed vegetable medley.
    Then I would have a serving of fruit with some nice cheese (like brie, goat cheese, or Swiss) and whole-grain crackers for an afternoon snack.

    For a post workout recovery I would drink a whey isolate protein drink with almond milk.

    Finally for dinner I would have 2 servings of protein and 2 servings of veggies. Example: poached salmon with kale salad and a serving of broccoli (steamed with fresh squeezed lemon).

    I know this seems a lot but I workout a lot. It’s not because I think I’m overweight or am a health nut (even though the entry makes it look like I am). I would like to run a marathon next year sometime, so I’m starting to run, I train a martial arts on top of it, and a couple of days I strength train. That puts me at about 2200 calories a day to consume.

    And I’m sure that I’ll eat cookies and cupcakes every now and then, but I’ll try my best to limit them.

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  9. EllaElla says:

    Fresh tomatoes from my own garden every day of the year.
    Kebabs from Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebab in Berlin.

    And to eat every meal in company, with friends and/or family. Food just doesn’t taste that good when you eat alone (unless it’s something you shouldn’t be eating :D )

    Can’t wait for next summer and perfect tomatoes from my grandpa’s garden <3

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  10. Peggy says:

    There are a lot of foods that taste good that are bad for you. Mostly processed stuff. My Ideal diet would be lots of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. I like chicken and fish and beef as well. I like nuts and seeds and grains and also yogurt. Chocolate needs to be a part of the plan. I drink tea and water and wine, so those will be a part of the ideal diet. I do like well prepared food with delicious sauces and seasoning. I don’t tend to cook that way so I do appreciate a good meal out at a fine restaurant. My stomach likes foods I cook myself that are simply prepared and wholesome and healthy. I have a pretty good diet now, but I probably overeat. That satisfied feeling quickly sneaks by until I get to that full feeling. I would love to have someone cook for me. It’s not a chore I enjoy all that much.

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  11. VickiB says:

    My ideal diet would be delicious and healthy. Actually, my ideal would be to eat anything I want without health consequences, but that’s not going to happen. So, second best is a diet of foods that are fresh and simple, mostly fruits and salads, with a little bit of meat. And chocolate! I must have chocolate! Not a lot, just a little.

    My husband has many health problems, even though he has always eaten a healthy diet. As part of his self care, he records nutrition information about every single thing he eats because he has to control the amount of potassium and avoid certain minerals, as well as fat, cholesterol, sodium, all those things we all need to consider. The record keeping allows him to choose whatever he wants based on what else he has been eating recently.

    I’m not good at that kind of record keeping but some sort of tracking system would certainly help me to eat better without feeling deprived.

    I’m enjoying reading other people’s thoughts on this subject.

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  12. Bett says:

    I am feeling expansive about my thinking about food and my ideal diet. Jimmy wrote about food for the mind and food for the soul, even mentioning relationships. That opened up my mind to realizing how important it is to have nurturing, supportive relationships of all kinds and on all levels and to be as nurturing to myself as possible.

    And so I ask myself,

    “Is this nurturing for me to taste, eat, breathe, smell, think, view, hear, feel, participate in?” Whatever I take into my physical, emotional, spiritual self is all part of the diet…food for the whole being of me, to feed me in the best possible way, so I can live in the best way and fulfill my true purpose.

    Iwona mentioned a very powerful, nurturing childhood memory about fresh baked bread, right out of the oven, at a family meal that took place under the walnut tree out in the countryside. This memory, this aroma, and to this day, this hot, crusty, European bread still nurtures her every time. Honestly, it is fulfilling to me just to think about it, because I have similar, powerful food memories that also included a warm gathering.

    Every single day, I need to feed my soul with what is uplifting and what inspires me, whether it is something that I am creating or something that I am receiving from outside myself that resonates within me. Meditation and quiet time is a priority for me, and I feel like I am not living my best life without it. Hearing beautiful music feeds my whole being. I feed my mind with challenges, or a good read, video, or audio, or having a rich conversation or loving relationship with someone, being here on the PE blog, frequent journaling, writing poetry, and anything that challenges me to expand my thinking or develop new ideas and solutions. Helping out others is a great reward in and of itself and feeds my soul.

    The physical diet that works best for me and is therefore ideal is living as close to low impact living as possible, growing a sustainable garden, (or eating local produce), having fruit trees, root crop veggies, preferably year-round (in a tropical environment) and eating as close to the natural food itself, whole foods, organic, mainly raw veggies. Also important is deeply breathing the fresh air and sunshine, hearing natural sounds, taking in daily exercise, ocean swims, keeping the metabolism stoked up, efficiently burning the food for energy by eating smaller meals more often (breakfast, lunch, & Dinner and a couple snacks). Carbs are healthy in small quantities for me, but only complex carbs. Tofu, tempeh are okay for me, also eggs, free range chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, seaweed, legumes, wheat grass, raw seeds and nuts, flaxseed or olive oil, fresh fruit, plain yogurt, lots of greens and veggies of all colors and descriptions of course! Plenty of healthy, creatively herbed/spiced soups and herbs and spices to perk up and bring out the best in plain, honest food. Yummy fruit shakes. Included in my ideal diet is cooking and eating with gratitude and awareness and joy, taking my time, and being mindful of chewing my food. Sharing meals with others is also part of my healthy ideal diet, especially when there is joy and celebration, and harmony prevails.

    Especially important for me is healthy water, 3-4 qts. daily. That is my main beverage, a constant, but I also drink herb teas and organic decaffeinated coffee. I am not against drinking wine or alcohol, but I rarely do and when I do, it’s just a little. I also take vitamins and supplements to keep my body as healthy as possible. Getting the right amount of sleep is also vital. Preferably sleep when it’s dark out, but little naps are also very refreshing!

    I am learning to grow in my awareness of what I am eating and what I am partaking of in my life…what am I breathing in my world. I desire to keep dedicated in taking responsibility for the effects of what I eat and take in my world has on my body and mind. What memories am I creating today? All of those memories become part of my “Now” moment.

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  13. pksd says:

    avocado banana honey apples fresh berries nuts porridge seafood rice eggs good superfoods
    simple fresh, bought daily

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  14. Mirna says:

    My ideal diet would be one in flavours.
    I’ve had the experience of eating a standard homemade junk food diet and super healthy one eating food that didn’t taste much.
    I’d like a diet that is like an experience and I get to try new things, much like travelling around the world to explore new places, it would be pretty cool to have a diet full of variety.
    I guess I don’t want to be tied down to eating the same foods all the time.
    Keyword: variety. Or balance.

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  15. C Monnet says:

    In my healthy, “should do” mind, I would like to have Asian vegan diet, but my heart desires the following diet:

    -Fresh fruit Platter in the morning
    -non-staining (teeth) interesting tasting tea (, like Lapsang Souchang, Chai, Earl Grey, still looking for one)
    -International spicy vegetarian food (including Italian, French, Asian, Indian)
    -Lots of Pasta with spicy sauces
    - a big juicy hamburger with cheese – a couple of times per year
    -”Confit de canard avec pommes de terre sarladaise” – a couple of times per year
    -”Magret de canard avec figues” – 2 times per year
    -Oysters from the Brittany – 3 times per year
    -Carmel avec sel Macaroons from great place in Paris – 10 times per year
    -Maine Lobster – 2 times per year
    -to drink as much milk as I crave without it being bad for me. Milk is my vice and total comfort beverage
    -to drink Coke as much as I want without it being bad for me
    -to consume mega quanities of good quality ice cream (Berthillon or Hagen Daas)
    - a glass of excellent champagne – 6 times per year
    -Mango smoothies

    This sounds absolutely yummy to me.
    It feels satisfying to journal what I want even if it might not be healthy.

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