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.

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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. inspire11 says:

    Hmmm….Ideal diet? There are so many great foods out there to choose from. About two years ago I switched to a vegetarian and then to a vegan diet. It was hard in the beginning but well worth it. My skin glows, my hair feels amazing and my energy is at an all time high. So my ideal diet would be filled with lots of fresh fruit (especially tropical) and vegetables, veggie sushi, coconut ice cream, lentil burgers, vegan sheppards pie, vegetarian chili, black bean tofu and vegan enchiladas. All this talk of food is making me hungry….yummy :)

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  2. lotusbleu says:

    Water. Fruits. Vegetables.

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  3. Laurel says:

    hmm. My ideal diet would be to eat a lot of fresh, local, homecooked meals. I like to cook myself Indian style meals and bake my own bread. Since I’m always trying to garden and grow vegetables, that would contribute to much of my diet. I would also like to learn how to collect my own wild nuts and mushrooms and things like that. Although I’m not a vegetarian, meat is not essential to my diet, but eggs and especially dairy products are. Nothing is better to drink than hot milk with honey, especially if they came from my own cow and bees!

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    • Raven says:

      I love local, organic, and homegrown in the sense that it came from your very own yard. I have a complete weakness for farmer’s markets and whole food markets. The fresher the better! I couldn’t agree more!!

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  4. Jimmy says:

    This is a good question. One that I think there is lots of scope to cover. We do not need to just confine ourselves to food right? Diet can mean the food for the mind, food for the soul, food for out relationships, etc. I will just focus on food for the physical body, mind and soul.

    1) Foods for the Physical Body – Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, balanced meal for the rest, a bit of coke to boost morale and food that I like in moderation. I must admit that I need to cut down on coke and food I like which can be very rich and unhealthy.

    2) Foods for the mind – Daily reading of inspiring and personal development books, videos that inspire, audio programs on personal development, creative planning and thinking for ideas.

    3) Foods for the soul – Higher level awareness and our place in this world, a heart of giving, the peace of doing what pleases the soul.


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    • I have to agree with you Jimmy.. really like the no. 2 and no.3 !

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    • zayneb says:

      big like :)

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    • Anu says:

      Good thought!

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    • betty cooper says:

      I like the way you have thought of food for the different levels of our being.
      Makes a lot of sense to look at what we are “taking in”- even the air that we breathe, right?
      Your writing tunes me into thinking:
      “Is this nurturing for me to do, eat, breathe, think, or participate in this?”
      Thank you for expanding your consideration of how you look at food.
      It has given me something more to think about and write about and be more mindful of.

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    • VickiB says:

      Years ago someone came up with this gift idea: a cookbook, a dictionary, and a book related to spirituality, such as a devotional book or a holy book. They would be labeled Food for the Body, Food for the Mind, and Food for the Soul. I loved that and sometimes do variations on that idea when I give someone a gift.

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    • plainjane2u says:

      Never even thought to expand our diet to mind and soul, great idea, thanks for sharing…

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  5. Ida says:

    A balanced one, please.

    Being Malaysians, I have the tendency to crave for almost any food from all over the world. I sometimes eat rice for breakfast, bread for lunch and cereals for dinner. Or I’ll have burgers for brunch, little snacks in the evening and possibly rice or noodles for dinner. I eat whatever I feel like eating then.

    I’m not much of a sweet tooth so I don’t crave for ice-creams, candies and chocolates as much. My food have to be seasoned with plenty of seasoning. The spicier it is, the better I like it. I am also not one to eat in small quantities (nor do I eat them in humongous proportion) . I have times when I eat like a pig and do not have a care in the world but mostly, I will try to make sure that I cut down on heavy fried food and salt.

    I don’t hold back on what I eat. I eat both to live and live to eat. :)

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  6. Kate says:

    I don’t like to cook, at least not every day, three meals a day, and snacks whether for a family or just myself. I get fed up in the kitchen, tired of the preparation time, and I hate doing dishes. I’d rather be writing, or making art, or even playing with the dogs.

    So, in my ideal world I would eat a diet of my choosing that was prepared by someone else. My ideal diet is chicken and fish, lots of salads, lots of fresh vegetables, lots and lots of tea.

    Breakfast: I usually skip it, but if someone made it for me, I’d like a bowl of fruit salad, or a yogurt smoothie, with some toast and honey and a cup of tea.

    Lunch: The big meal of the day for me. I would choose roasted, or baked chicken, with three vegetables, no rice, no pasta, no potatoes. With a fruit based dessert.

    Supper: A large salad, either a caesar salad, or a Waldorf salad, or I would ask my cook to be creative with an artisan bread on the side.

    Special treats: free trade chocolate, the occasional gourmet pastry!

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  7. Iwona says:

    Simple plan developed via trial and error over many years, many forms of exercise (no time to continue any of those at present), many diets (Hollywood, vegan, raw foodist = loss of hair\lethargy etc etc) and countless self-hate moments:

    1. Eat everything I love (bread, pasta, chocoloate etc) as long as the amount ingested <\= energy burned

    2. Eat from desert plates only

    3. Live in urban, downtown environment which forces me to remain in motion at all times e.g. walking to Costco with a shopping cart, walking to\from work @ 30 minutes each way also in snow drifts, walking the sea wall with the dog twice daily etc

    4. Develop motion sickness and repulsion towards cars and any other forms of motorized communication coupled with the fear of the car accident

    5. Purchase of a dog as a cheap, willing and merciless trainer: rain or shine baby or poop on the floor

    6. Prepare my own food 90% of the time: saves on cost big time while full control over fat content (have to limit all the fat to allow those daily pralines)

    7. No drink besides water: pralines over wine any time – boy, I suffer from chocoholism (incurable).

    8. Last meal before 6 pm to burn the fuel as much as posible before retiring into a nightly state of immobility and stomach putrification that converts indigested late meal into fatty deposits

    9. Accept aging (I wish I had this body that I resented so much 20 years when it exceeded the ideal by 0.5 kg), shift focus onto "inner" beauty, which I know is a bunch of crap as who would not want to be slim and young forever, but at least repeat the mantra to mask growing girth

    10. Retain old husband and appreciate him for putting up with my declining beauty

    11. NEVER, EVER weigh myself

    12. Celebrate staying constant size 8 thanks to the above diet (forget about ever being 4)

    13. Focus on the repulsive state of fashion model legs that are stick insect like with a pronounced gap in between, create "feel-good" moment with my "normal" looking legs – no gap.

    14. Prevent reading fashion model magazines at all costs, avoid waiting rooms of all sorts

    15. Focus on forms of happiness other than luring men's attention e.g. goofing around with my kids who could care less about my fatty layer

    16. Procreated already twice so no need to lure male attention

    The bottom line, my dieting system is a mix of mechanics of how I eat with how I think about the food and myself as a result of what I ingest rather than what I eat.

    I will never give up the crusty, warm, freshly baked Eurpean bread with a layer (albeit thin) of butter as this brings me right back to my childhood memories of the country fresh baked bread straight from the oven, family meal at the table under the walnut tree in the country side and feeling happy.

    Happy beats sexy for me at any moment..

    End result of being happy = long life of culinary delight with no suffering of the vegan atrociously tasting food pretending products… been there – done that..

    Live but once and live good.

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    • Atira says:

      I enjoyed reading what you have written.

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    • Terrye says:

      11 & 12 — Good advice! I never weight myself. A gym trainor asked me what the most important goal for my training was. I told him ” strength”. Would love to be what I was 30 years ago, size and weight – Not gonna happen now :)


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    • Bett says:


      I really LOVE the image of your childhood memory of sitting at the table “under the walnut tree in the countryside feeling happy” and how the “country fresh baked bread straight from the oven” brings you right back there. I just love that image and can actually see and feel and taste that memory, and certainly I can sense the pleasure you get from that and how the fresh baked bread and aroma is such a powerful memory that nurtures you to this day! Amazing what kind of effect certain food memories can have upon us, isn’t it? I also think that when others are involved with the celebration of each other being together sharing great food, the memory/nurturing is even more powerful.

      I also love that you focus on “other” forms of happiness that nurture you. (like goofing around with your kids.)
      And I love the way you think about food and yourself “as a result of what (you) ingest, rather than what (you) eat.” I think it is so important to be aware of how what we eat affects the way that we feel after we eat it. To me, taking responsibility for the effects of what I eat has on my total body/mind is the most important thing.

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      • Iwona says:

        Thank you Bett for your comment.

        I think that my diet program is the result of loving myself – finally!
        I used food in the past as a comfort tool, anti-depressant, opportunity to meet people, boredom booster, anything but the nurishment to my awesome living cells.
        Then over time (as in decades) I discovered I love myself more than anything else including food and being a big girl I can figure out different forms of leisue than sitting over a bucket of (very yummy) ice cream laced with chocolate layers and bits of nuts – oh!!!

        Eating fruits and veggies is no brainer and everyone knows it but many people eat for the wrong reasons. If you love yourself more than the piece of potatoe, which I love of course very much but way less than myself the whole solution to a long term enjoyable diet program becomes simple.

        You simply love yourself more than a potatoe – you love yourself in large doses and potatoe with small doses. That is when it finally started working for me and permamently so. (potatoes are best with fried aromatic onions of course – BUT only in small doses :-)

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  8. Fiat says:

    I love burger, so my ideal diet will by a patty complete with bacon, a slice of tomatoes, some mustard and mayo, flanked by bun.

    But, aware of the consequences of taking those fantastic food daily will affect my health, I limit the taking to be twice a month, less if I can.

    Upon munching those favorite diet, I try to enjoy it as much as I can, with happy feeling and gratitude. It’s just a simple happy filled burger.

    And one more, I’ve once taking burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it always taste great.

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  9. Asni says:

    I used to eat all the fried stuff, KFC chicken and the skin, chicken liver and hearts, rendang, lodeh (all the Malay/Indonesian food cooked with coconut milk), loads of coffee stirred with condensed milk, keropok, epok epok, potato crisps, ice cream, etc. But since being diagnosed with high cholesterol ten years ago, I’ve become conscious of what goes into my mouth. I’ve stayed away from most of the fried stuff or animal organs and all the unhealthy snacking. Nowadays, my meals would be along the following lines:

    Wholegrain oats, plain, no milk or sugar
    Black coffee, no sugar

    Plain crackers

    Sandwich (cheese or tuna or grilled chicken or egg)
    Salad (lettuce, tomato with olive oil)
    Green tea or fruit juice

    Brown rice
    Steamed fish or chicken curry, etc.
    Stir fried vegetables or tofu

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  10. Christine says:

    My ideal diet would be food which is low-carb, low-fat and high-fibre. It doesn’t matter whether I get this food from outside or I cook myself; the main point is the dishes selection on our plate. I take pleasure in eating a lot of vegetables (I love colors on my plate), fresh fruits and white meat; and drinking milk and plain water. I used to practice this blood (type) A diet rather strictly few years back. On top of that, I seldom touched junk food; do not drink alcohol and smoke.

    Sadly, since I moved to Malaysia (although I am still a fussy eater when it comes to the menu), I have become more like a carnivore here. I have been eating red meat and processed food for the past year and binging on junk-food more often than I ever did. I know it’s wrong but I find it challenging to get back on the right track now. One day, I want to return to my previous blood (type) A diet lifestyle which is heavy on vegetables, fruits and free of red meat.

    Also, since I have gastric problem, my eating method is always several small meals a day. It is proven that eating 5 smaller meals a day prevents me from painful gastric irritation, makes me feeling full all the time thus easier to maintain my weight and gives me better digestion. I always feel healthier that way. My husband always asks me to eat bigger portions three times a day so I won’t feel hungry so fast. But this just doesn’t work for me. I have to eat smaller portion otherwise I’d have upset stomach. My idea is I just stop eating when I am full. I don’t make my stomach takes in food more than its capacity.

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  11. roand says:

    More fish , vegetables and fruits. followed by heaps of water. Less meat!!!

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  12. Prion says:

    A blend of “veganized” (I’m a veg) ethnic foods. Maybe a combination of at least 50% raw, 50% cooked. Fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fungi…ex.

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  13. AH888 says:

    Of course, my responsible side says, “I would have a personal chef to cook me fresh, organic, mostly vegatarian meals every day” comparable to the most perfectly healthy and delicious food I’ve ever eaten in my life at this restaurant: http://www.greensrestaurant.com/

    But, my bohemian side says, “Indian food, pizza, soda, chocolate shakes, and cheeseburgers!”

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  14. cloudio says:

    I love food. One of the few things that make me proud to be Italian.
    I love cooking my own food like an alchemist, as much as trying new restaurants.
    Food is culture: every place I travel, I try local specialities.

    My ideal diet is against any -ism, simply be conscious. Know what you eat. No food is ethically good or evil, pure healthy or junk. Just find what’s better for you. Experiment. One day I can eat like a pig, the next day fasting. I only need to learn to chew slowly.

    Spaghetti, Argentinean cow, Sashimi, French fries, Tiramisù. Wine is divine.

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  15. Jacquie says:

    I eat my ideal diet 90% of the time now and it entails lots of fruit and veggies, whole wheat pasta, whole grain bread, a large variety of grains, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, along with poultry, seafood, fish, beef/pork, eggs, 1% milk & milk products, tea and a lot of water daily.

    The other 10% is used on what I think of as my ‘extras’….fries, DQ Blizzard, fried chicken, potato chips, buttered popcorn, the odd vodka & 7, some processed foods.

    I don’t deny myself any food, I just have the 10% in moderation.

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    • Ezza says:

      Jacquie I love your recipe for ‘Ideal Diet” especially “I don’t deny myself any food, I just have the 10% in moderation.” I wish I knew that 8 year ago… But times change and so do people, I am more focused on eating better for my body type rather eat what other people tell me to eat based on science or whatever. I feel great when I eat right. Don’t you?
      I think its obvious you do because you have a healthy, portioned and balance nutritional diet. All KUDOS to you hun. All the best xx

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    • Bridgette says:

      Perfect! I couldn’t agree with you more! :D

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