Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Cereal Rules

First, let me say that as I am writing this post, my youngest son is snuggled up on my lap with his head against my chest, still all snuggly and warm from his nap. He is two, and I know this won't last forever! Life is good.

Now on to the post.

This week was a tough week for me. As I look back on the week the common denominator in my lack of zest, was my not-so-great eating--too much sugar and way too much food. That pretty much says it all. I can definitely track my energy, both mental and physical, to what I am eating. It begins with a little splurge, then I start to feel it, and how do I respond to that lag in energy? By eating, and I don't make good choices when I am low.
More important than the cereal rules, though, is I've got to get serious about eating well. I do great for a few days, and then fall off the wagon. It's really about being committed to eating well.
So here's to eating good food and feeling good because of it, and to not eating bad food, even if I'm feeling bad. I'll let you know how it goes.

The question is, do I have to give up splurges forever, or do I just have to understand that if I splurge, I will pay the price later? Or maybe I should just choose better splurges. I also think there are some foods that are trigger foods for me. For example, cereal. I love cereal. I cannot eat just one bowl. On my worst day this week, all the evidence points to the Raisin Nut Bran. (Shame on you, Raisin Nut Bran.) I hate to go to extremes, because I really don't think that is healthy, but, in the case of the cereal, I might have to put some limitations on what kind and how much.

So here are my new rules for cereal consumption:

1. I will not eat cereal where any type of sugar is in the first three ingredients.

2. Breakfast is for cereal only (a rule that my father would whole-heartedly agree with, right Em?)

3. I will only eat one bowl of cereal. No refills allowed.
While the cereal rules will definitely help, what it really comes down to is making a true committment to eating healthy regardless of my emotional state. So, here's to an upcoming week/month/year/lifetime of eating good food so I feel good, and to not eating bad food, even if I feel bad.
I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. Amen to #2! I have taken the oath of graciously hitting him over the head with a baseball bat if he attempts it.

    Secondly, the milk in the bowl when you're finished is still sweet and full of vitamins! Down it as quickly as possible and then you will have no desire for a second bowl. ; )

  2. P.S. The story about the amount of M&M's corresponding to varying degrees of waste is hysterical! My nephews are definitely the coolest kids ever.


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