Last summer–the summer of 2012–I did something called the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. After a couple transition days, you eat a vegan diet on the reset for 19 days. During that time period, I ate some yummy, yummy stuff, and some less-than-yummy stuff. It changed how I look at food. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t permanently change how I eat food. Spiced gumdrops are still among the many portions of my dietary Kryptonite.
I’m not saying I’m going vegan any time soon. But I have been thinking about the way I related to things.
It’s been hard this year to figure out what to ask for for Christmas. I don’t really want that many things. I want to run in Tough Mudder and maybe one other mud race next year. I want P90X3. Other than that, I don’t have a lot of strong wants. That changed a little, of course, as I looked over the circulars in preparation for The National Day of Greed™. I found myself looking at tablets and thinking that would be nice to have, even though I already have a perfectly fine iPad mini. Which is stupid, right?
I credit my relative lack of want to not watching nearly as much television. I watch the news in the morning if I don’t work out. And now that baseball’s over, I don’t watch very much live television at all. That means less commercials. That means I’m not sold to as much. And the television I do watch it typically DVRed. Beyond some old baseball games on YouTube and binge watching How I Met Your Mother, I don’t see as many commercials as I used to. I think the relative lack of want comes with age and lack of exposure to commercials.
So I’m thinking on reducing the exposure even more–maybe catching up on How I Met Your Mother and then laying off until Mad Men, Longmire, and The Bridge start again.
Similarly, I’m thinking of locking down what I eat some more. I don’t think I’ll ever become a pure vegan, but I’ve found that a veggie sandwich can really rock the house. And that cereal for dinner is really okay. And that roasted veggies can be the dietary highlight of my week.
Until kind of recently, I’d never considered trying these ways of living. Now that I’ve tried them, though I haven’t completely changed my approach, I’ve modified it and I’m happy. Makes me wonder what other changes might fit that approach.