Some years ago I read a book by Jen Hatmaker called 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. In the book, Jen chose 7 areas to limit to 7 choices in an experiment that lasted for 7 months. She tackled:
Some of her monthly experiments were memorable to me; some were not. I cannot, for the life of me, remember what she did for some of the months under some of the categories. But the months that made an impact, I remember well.
For the month she labeled Food, the Hatmaker family picked 7 foods and ate only those for the month. In the month of Clothing, 7 wardrobe items. I remember her month entitled Spending led me to read a book called Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine. However for some of the other months, I cannot remember guidelines Jen sets and follows.
So, because I love to do weird things, I am going to conduct my own social experiment. It is totally self-serving, mind you. For me, the wide assortment of things there are to eat is just way too big. I am not narrowing my food choices down to a few single items. My categories are much broader. But they are designed to make me toe a line that I might not otherwise toe without it.
So the experiment begins Monday with the following TEN food items:
- any 100% raw salad ingredients
- any 100% raw smoothie ingredients
- PB 2 powder
- non dairy, sugar free yogurt
- Aldi Supergrain products
- cooked fresh veggies
- coffee….the only beverage besides water
- breakfast cereal, no added sugar, with plant milk
- no sugar added salad dressing
These are, by the way, so very yummy!!
One additional thing I am going to do starting Monday is write down every morsel I eat. The first month was just way too chaotic. I need things to be much more predictable. I also need to convince myself that I can get back on track and head toward success once again. Until I see food written down on a page I may never come face to face with what I eat when I am in my bingeing phase. Only sincere prayer is gonna make me honest in that food journal, tho, so I have to get strength from the Holy Spirit that I know have deep down inside, ready for my access.
So, weigh in for the DietBet is Monday. I am actually super excited to start the month! I should be concerned about Monday’s weigh in, hahaha. It has not been the best week. But I truly am looking for beauty from the ashes this week. Not beauty in the form of a lower number on the scale, but the beauty of more wholehearted obedience.