I weighed myself this morning at 162.5 pounds. At my height, my Body Mass Index is in the “normal” range. I have a positive view of my body weight. Like many others these days, I’m thinking of getting my year off to a healthy start. Sure, I’d love to spend more time at the gym to redistribute some of my fat into muscle, but I feel no need to obsess over my weight. No new diet for me. All that’s good.
I live with chronic medical conditions, so there are always ups and downs in my daily life, some are minor annoyances and others are major problems. Luckily, at the moment, my health issues don’t require many specific dietary changes. I take a multi-vitamin. I keep my alcohol intake down. I avoid herbs and other natural remedies that could interfere with the pharmaceutical drugs. And that’s about it. Compared to my friends and family with diabetes, I’ve got it easy. Not a bad place to be.
And yet diet is at the top of my new year’s list of areas for improvement in my life. I don’t care so much whether I lose weight or gain weight. What I want is to bring greater mindfulness to how I nourish myself. Less “99 cent heart attacks in a paper sack” and more home prepared meals. Less waste, more economies of eating. Less meat, more soy protein. Less thoughtless consumption, more gratitude for the bounty of the earth. Less eating because I’m lonely or angry, more eating only when I’m truly hungry. Less eating haphazardly, more eating in tune with the natural rhythms of my body and my daily routine.
There are few things more important to maintaining good health than how we fuel ourselves. As I strive to become more mindful of the health and nutritional choices in my life, cultivating appropriate new habits along the way, educating myself and expanding my awareness, I’ll share my journey with you here. Perhaps it will lead to some variety of vegetarianism. I’m certainly open to that possibility. Or perhaps I will try my hand at a diet to transform my body composition while I try to muscle up for summer. Who isn’t interested in getting or staying healthy, getting more fit, and looking good?