I am all about the monthly blog series, and one of my favourites is creating positive routines. Each month I set one goal with the aim creating a more purpose-filled life. If you’d like to join in and take some steps to create better rhythms and routines in your own life, I’d love to hear how you’re doing it.
Last Month’s Recap
In July, I committed to eating more veggies. I did it. It felt good. Improving my diet last month has inspired me to more positive change this month.
Creating a Routine for August
I have a serious sweet tooth. Given the choice between the three pillars of junk food – sugar, fat and salt – I go for sugar every time. More and more, though, I’ve become concerned about that. There’s a lot of research showing that sugar just isn’t that good for you. I actually tried giving up sugar for two weeks a couple of years ago. It went okay, but in retrospect I’m not sure how well I actually did. I was still eating a lot of fruit and breakfast cereal and foods like that. After the experiment was over I jumped right back into eating sugar.
When I downloaded a fitness app for my phone a while ago and started logging the food I ate, I found out that I was eating more than twice the daily recommended amount of sugar. A lot of that was consumed at breakfast – cereal plus milk plus banana equals my whole daily intake of sugar in one sitting. I went in search of a less sugary breakfast solution, finally settling on a bagel with peanut butter. When I have that for breakfast, limit myself to one serving of fruit per day, and eat only small amounts of dark chocolate, I can stay within my daily sugar limit. I feel good about that, especially when I read articles like this.
For August, that’s what I’ve been focusing on – keeping the sugar under control. It’s a different kind of change in routine than taking up meditating or sweeping my kitchen floor, but it still involves changing habits. I have to think about what I’m eating and not eating. At this point, it’s going well. I’ve stopped mindlessly eating sugar, and I think I actually feel a little less hungry, which would make sense because I’m not having massive blood sugar fluctuations. This time I’m not looking at cutting down on sugar as a two-week experiment. I’m looking at it as a life change, and I’m not eliminating it completely. I’m just making sweet treats a much more occasional thing for me, rather than an every day thing.
Start With Small Changes
One thing I’ve learned on my journey towards a more purpose-driven life is that change happens best in small, bite-sized pieces. That’s why I’m once again choosing something that isn’t going to take much time. I may be busy, but I can find a few minutes a day to build a better life. I invite you to take on some small changes as well. What could you do to improve your daily rhythm or overall mood? And, what’s holding you back from doing it? Create a new routine, and leave a comment so that we can cheer each other on!