My Enlightened Delights


To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one’s family,
to bring peace to all,
one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.
If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
— Buddha

The Mindful Diet Day 26



Week 4: Learn to Manage Obstacles

Day 26: Make an ultimatum list, and then burn it.

Put pen to paper and write down all of the diet “rules” that you’re trying to follow: no sugar, no gluten, no dessert, no coffee, no booze—you get the gist. Then, really ask yourself why these rules have been difficult or impossible to follow, says Leslie J. Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine in Pittsburgh. “Once you’ve figured out why those old goals aren’t realistic for you, ditch your ‘should’ list,” she says.


I have met countless people that let their limitations drive their lives: not really living their life because they're too worried about avoiding sugar. Although I have personally decided to remove animal and many animal bi-products from my own diet, it's all about moderation, allergies aside. If you have a gluten intolerance, you should avoid gluten; but if you just heard that gluten was bad for you, it's not necessary to completely remove it from your diet. 

On day 3 of the Mindful Diet we talked about setting SMART not MORE food goals. Becoming a healthier person is a process; it's an excuse to be adventurous, try new recipes, and learn as much as you can about using the highest quality foods to ensure you get as much nutrition as possible. Our food is our fuel! Our car wouldn't get to work without gas in the tank, and neither will we. So instead of telling yourself that you're never going to eat sugar/gluten/dessert/booze again, focus on moderation. On a day to day basis you may limit the amount of sugar/gluten/dessert/booze that you're consuming, and some days we may even eliminate them completely. At the end of the day, we shouldn't feel tied down by our eating limitations, we should be looking for a better alternative.

Although I have placed some limitations on my own diet, everyone is different, and my food goals have changed over the years. I went from avoiding meats, to avoiding dairy and animal bi-products, to avoiding processed foods, and now I look for high quality, organic foods. Check out some of my tips & tricks here.