I have a brilliant idea. Well, it is brilliant for me. If you have my brain, my life, my appetite, my particular issues and idiosyncraticites.
Think capsule wardrobe for food.
In case you are not familiar with the term, a capsul wardrobe is a about thoughtfully choosing and purchasing articles of clothes that can work in several ways with each other. Here is my favorite blog about this: http://www.Un-fancy.com.
Some people find the idea of a minimal waredrobe to be boring. Not me. As far as I am concerned, boring is the new novelty.
The genius of the capsule wardrobe for me is dreictly related to decision fatigue. I wrote about this in Day 1 of 30 Days of Rest:
“Because of technology, we have the option to do hundreds of things at any given moment. All of us are suffering from decision fatigue. This means that we are exhausted before we even get started on doing whatever it is we eventually choose. You might consider using these 30 days to let your mind focus on one thing at a time, to set up some new boundaries for yourself in how you use technology. Enjoy phone free hours. Drive with your phone powered off. Take a social media sabbath once a week.”
My closet was where I began this process of simplifying everything. But the truth is that I eat way more often than I get dressed. You know what I mean by that, I don’t get for real dressed in real outfits. I live in workout clothes and pajamas 70% of the time.
But I eat every single day.
Several times a day.
Deciding what to eat and when to eat is exhausting.
Yesterday I had the idea to use what has been so helpful for me about Un-fancy and apply those same principles to my food.
I thought long and hard about what almost always sounds good to me+what fits into my eating plan. Research shows that we are creatures of habit regardless of how much variety we want in our lives, so I wonder if you might be more like me than I think.
Let’s start with breakfast. With no appetite in the morning, I was struggling to figure out what I could stomach. Usually this meant that I would eventually forget to eat or eat something that was not good for me. This fed into me being too hungry and impatient to figure out what I would eat for the next meal so often, I would get some take-out and continue the cycle throughout the day.
In case you are wondering, my eating plan is Paleo+wine+occasional bread+special sweets. Mostly good stuff a little of the not so good but so delicious stuff.
In the mornings, my breakfast plan is a protein+fruit+fat. I love hard boiled eggs served warm with butter and sea salt (thanks to my egg cooker). I love honey crisp apples and fresh ground almond butter. This is my seasonal breakfast. It is what I plan to have every single morning.
If I am especially hungry, have a big workout planned or am in need of comfort food, I replace the apple with a banana or sprouted quinoa bread (from Fresh Market) which I slather with almond butter and all-fruit blackberry spread.
Yum. Yum. And Yum.
I haven’t missed breakfast since I started this strategy and even more impressive than that, I look forward to eating breakfast. I thought I would change up my meal once the season changed but I am still enjoying it because the apples are just getting better. But I really like the idea of using my favorite fresh fruit as it is in season: strawberries in the summer, apples in the fall, citrus in the winter.
My Breakfast Essentials:
🍎 Apples (or favorite seasonal fruit)
🍳 Organic Eggs
🍞 Sprouted Quinoa Bread
What about you?
Do you reach for the same things when you open the fridge?
Do you order the same things when you go out to eat?
Does your grocery list include mostly the same items each week?
Do you buy all of the stuff you know you should eat and then it rots in your house while you go out to eat and order fancy drinks, stuff your face with all that fresh bread and spend too much money at restaurants?
Was that too much self-disclosure 😳?
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