Are we there yet ?

We are very prone to pattern - and so we should be - much of my day would be spent procrastinating if I weren't such a patterned creature !

But it is also good to shake things up - always in fact - at least so we ask the question about whether we want it this way or not.

Diet is a classic example.

Everyone I meet on retreat says "I eat pretty healthy - not perfect - but good enough"

While I am not here to tell anyone else what to do, I am keen to point out that if we were eating perfectly, we wouldn't need to fast, or get sick, stressed or depressed... so we can always do better.

But first we should acknowledge how well we are already doing... And that is how I take most people's opening statements... 

And in the next breath, let's look at how much better we could be eating - not as a punishment stick, but to give us direction. To give us a goal. To create variety through movement.

Keep moving on

Movement will happen anyway, and if we are not consciously, deliberately guiding it, then it will tend to run back towards our unconscious patterns - the choices a 5 year old would make in Grannie's kitchen... beans / toast / pie / custard...

So you can be relaxed, eat what you actually fancy, but keep your hand on the tiller.

Look at what you eat and ask what it is in this combination of things that you are actually attracted to - is it the fats, the salts, the sugar content, the colours, the textures, etc. (and no, you can't just say 'all of them' every time)...

And then ask if you could get anything close to that satisfaction effect (because that is what it is all about ultimately) using slightly better ingredients - less processed, less cooked, - or better said - more natural, more raw, more fresh...

Its just a question, and with a little experimentation, you might find yourself enjoying new foods (that are much better for you) more than the old ones...

My motto is...

FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO BE SUSTAINABLE, IT HAS TO BE YUMMIER !

Here's an example...

Standard dairy milk chocolate has its merits, and it certainly has its place in our culture.

But the downsides are huge - empty calories, unbridled sugars, artery-clogging fats, and unnoticed caffeine - to name but a few dietary issues, then there is the political / economic nightmare of child labour, slave labour, and agro-chemistry abuses... In fact the combination of its cheap, luxury addiction qualities and its disgusting political situation gave rise to the whole Fair Trade movement !

Now, you can go to the lengths of making your own - see here - or find a Fair-trade company to get around the political minefield for you, or...

How about you just dip a fresh date into tahini !

I'm not saying it is the 'same' as chocolate. Its not.

But if you're looking for the combination of rich, sweet (date), meets creamy dense (tahini) - its not a bad place to start... 

And you can make them as basic or beautified as you like.

Check it out !

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