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challenges where thousands of people around th e world work together to achieve their goals and dreams. Search 21DJC Day 3 What is Your Ideal Diet Like? This is Day 3 of the 21-Day Journaling Challenge (21DJC) for Nov 2011. View list of tasks: 21DJC Overview . Hi everyone Welcome to Day 3 of 21DJC! Yesterday s question was this: If you are to do something for free for the rest of your life, what would it be? . ( Read the responses here .) Some of you said you d want to travel around the world and explore new places. Some of you said you d wa nt to grow and learn forever. Some of you said you d want to pursue your passions, which may include writing, cooking, baking, blogging, developing games, motorcy cling, write music, planting, fashion, recording music, coaching, caring for ani mals, and more. Some of you said you d want to help others be it to grow, to disco ver themselves, to be better people, or to live better lives. 3 years ago, I asked myself this very question. If I am to do something for free for the rest of my *life*, what would it be? The answer that came outis exactly what you see me doing today. It s to grow and help others to grow. It s to be sprea ding my message to the world, be it via writing, coaching, speaking, running cou rses, videos, or other mediums. (Essentially, what I m doing now.) It s to inspire o thers to become greater than who they are now, so they can in turn inspire other s around them to be the same. The reason why I asked myself the question is this We only have one life to live . We have the ability in us to do whatever we want, and to succeed in whatever w e want. Instead of wasting our talents doing something that we don t even have the passion to do forever, why not spend all that energy,starting from today, in so mething we rereally, truly, 110% passionate about? Why not devote ourselves 110% i nto what we really want to do, rather thando something because we think we have to , and do a half-assed job in it? Why not do that, and make that your career inst ead? I mean, no matter how skilled or unskilled you are in it now, you only have, like, t he rest of your life to develop your skills in it. It s only a matter of time befo re you re the best in that field, really. ( 10,000 hours is all that it takes) In doing so, it doesn t even feel like work. It doesn t even require any energy to d o it. It s virtually effortless. Imade that shift 3 years ago, and while there wer e a few months of down time to develop myself in a new field, today I m soaking in the long-term rewards from the move. It s one of thebest decisions I ve ever made i n my life,and I want you to experience the joy too. The following articles in the Passion & Career series will help you in this area : *. Passion or Money? *. How To Discover Your Ideal Career: Your Message and Your Medium *. Pursuing Your Passion With No Money *. How To Overcome Fear & Pursue Your Dreams *. Passion Paycheck *. A Guide To Pursue Your Passion WithSuccess: 14 Essential Steps (exclusivearti cle in Personal Excellence Book , Volume 2) Let s now move on to the question for Day 3 of 21DJC! 21DJC Day 3 For Day 3 today, we re going to explore a slightly different topic from Days 1 and 2. In Day 1, we looked at what we would do if we have a million dollars . In Da y 2, we delved into some of our deepest, life long passions things we would do f or free for the rest of our life . For Day 3, we re going to look at something lif estyle-related. The question for Day 3 is this: What is Your Ideal Diet Like? Would it consist of happy meals, deep fried food and junk food? Would it be prep

acked, micro-waved meals from the supermarkets? Would it be laden with fat? Woul d it be filled with meat? Would it be rich with vegetables and fruits? Would it be specially prepared, home cooked meals made by you, for you? What would your i deal breakfast, lunch, dinner be like? How much, how often, and when would you e at every day? What would your cue to eat? Put on your reflection cap and let your thoughts flow. Below is an empty form wh ich you can use to write your answers to the question. Treat it as your private 21DJC journaling room , if you will. You will be seeing this form every day, for th e 21 days of the challenge. There s a button for you to keep track of your word co unt too, if you re interested. (Note you will not see the form below if you re viewing this in your email client. Visit the actual post online to see the form.) What is Your Ideal Diet Like? [include_HTML: http://personalexcellence.co/challenges/21djc/wordcount.php] Your Task Today: 1. Reflect and answer today s question . There s no word limit whether minimum or ma ximum. Writeas few or as many words as you want. It s all up to what you want toex press! 2. Share your answer . After you are done writing, copy and paste your answer in the comments area and post it there. 3. Check out other participants answers . Other participants will be sharing thei r answers too, so feel freeto read and reply to their answers . This is a group course, so let s support each other in these 21 days. Look forward to reading your answers! This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 11:13 pm and is filled u nder: 21-Day Journaling Challenge 261 Responses to ??DJC Day 3 What is Your Ideal Diet Like? inspire11 Says: November 9th, 2011 at 1:32 am Hmmm .Ideal diet? There are so manygreat foods out there to choose from. About two years ago I switched to a vegetarian and then to a vegan diet. Itwas hard in th e beginning but well worth it. My skin glows, my hair feels amazing and my energ y is at an all time high. So my ideal diet would be filled with lots of fresh fr uit (especially tropical) and vegetables, veggie sushi, coconut ice cream, lenti l burgers, vegan sheppards pie, vegetarian chili, black bean tofu and vegan ench iladas. All this talk of food is making me hungry .yummy Like: +5 lotusbleu Says: November 9th, 2011 at 1:34 am Water. Fruits. Vegetables. Like: +1 Laurel Says: November 9th, 2011 at 1:39 am hmm. My ideal diet would be to eat a lot of fresh, local, homecooked meals. Ilik e to cook myself Indian style meals and bake my own bread. Since I m always trying to garden and grow vegetables, that would contribute to much of my diet. I woul d also like to learn how to collect my own wild nuts and mushrooms and things li ke that. Although I m not a vegetarian, meat is not essential to my diet, but eggs and especially dairy products are. Nothing is better to drink than hot milk wit h honey, especially if they came from my own cow and bees! Like: +1 Jimmy Says: November 9th, 2011 at 1:44 am This is a good question. One that I think there is lots of scope to cover. We do not need to just confine ourselves to food right? Diet can mean the food for th e mind, food for the soul, food for out relationships, etc. I will just focus on food for the physical body, mind and soul. 1) Foods for the Physical Body Lots offresh fruits and vegetables, balanced meal for the rest, a bit of coke to boost morale and food that I like in moderation. I must admit that I need to cut down on coke and food I like which can be very

rich and unhealthy. 2) Foods for the mind Daily reading ofinspiring and personal development books, videos that inspire, audio programs on personal development, creative planning a nd thinking for ideas. 3) Foods for the soul Higher level awareness and our place in this world, aheart of giving, the peace of doing what pleases the soul. Cheers Like: +22 Ida Says: November 9th, 2011 at 1:46 am A balanced one, please. Being Malaysians, I have the tendency to crave for almost any food from all over the world. I sometimes eat rice forbreakfast, bread for lunch and cereals for d inner. Or I ll have burgers for brunch, little snacks in the evening and possibly rice or noodles for dinner. I eatwhatever I feel like eating then. I m not much of a sweet tooth so I don t crave for ice-creams, candies and chocolate s as much. My food have to be seasoned with plenty of seasoning. The spicier it is, the better I like it. I amalso not one to eat in small quantities (nor do I eat them in humongous proportion) . I have times when I eat like a pig and do no t have a care in the world but mostly, I will try to make surethat I cut down on heavy fried food and salt. I don t hold back on what I eat. I eat both to live and live to eat. Like: +3 Kate Says: November 9th, 2011 at 1:51 am I don t like to cook, at least not every day, three meals a day, and snacks whethe r for a family or just myself. I get fed up in the kitchen, tired of the prepara tion time, and I hate doing dishes. I d rather be writing, or making art, or even playing with the dogs. So, in my ideal world I would eat a diet of my choosing that was prepared by som eone else. My ideal diet is chicken and fish, lots of salads, lots of fresh vege tables, lots and lots of tea. Breakfast: I usually skip it, but if someone made it for me, I d like a bowlof fru it salad, or a yogurt smoothie, with some toast and honey and a cup of tea. Lunch: The big meal of the day for me.I would choose roasted, or baked chicken, with three vegetables, no rice,no pasta, no potatoes. With a fruit based dessert . Supper: A large salad, either a caesar salad, or a Waldorf salad, or I would ask my cook to be creative with an artisan bread on the side. Special treats: free trade chocolate, the occasional gourmet pastry! Like: +2 Iwona Says: November 9th, 2011 at 2:07 am Simple plan developed via trial and errorover many years, many forms of exercise (no time to continue any of those at present), many diets (Hollywood, vegan, ra w foodist = loss of hair\lethargy etc etc) and countless self-hate moments: 1. Eat everything I love (bread, pasta, chocoloate etc) as long as the amount in gested <\= energy burned 2. Eat from desert plates only 3. Live in urban, downtown environment which forces me to remainin motion at all times e.g. walking to Costco with a shopping cart, walking to\from work @ 30 mi nutes each way also in snow drifts, walking the sea wall with the dog twice dail y etc 4. Develop motion sickness and repulsion towards cars and any other forms of mot orized communication coupled with the fear of the car accident 5. Purchase of a dog as a cheap, willingand merciless trainer: rain or shine bab y or poop on the floor 6. Prepare my own food 90% of the time: saves on cost big time while full contro l over fat content (have to limit all the fat to allow those daily pralines) 7. No drink besides water: pralines overwine any time boy, I suffer from chocoho

lism (incurable). 8. Last meal before 6 pm to burn the fuel as much as posible before retiring int o a nightly state of immobility and stomach putrification that converts indigest ed late meal into fatty deposits 9. Accept aging (I wish I had this body that I resented so much 20 years whenit exceeded the ideal by 0.5 kg), shift focus onto "inner" beauty, which I know is a bunch of crap as who would not want to be slim and young forever,but at least repeat the mantra to mask growing girth 10. Retain old husband and appreciate him for putting up with my declining beaut y 11. NEVER, EVER weigh myself 12. Celebrate staying constant size 8 thanks to the above diet (forget aboutever being 4) 13. Focus on the repulsive state of fashion model legs that are stick insect lik e with a pronounced gap in between, create "feel-good" moment with my "normal" l ooking legs no gap. 14. Prevent reading fashion model magazines at all costs, avoid waiting rooms of all sorts 15. Focus on forms of happiness other than luring men's attention e.g. goofing a round with my kids who couldcare less about my fatty layer 16. Procreated already twice so no need to lure male attention The bottom line, my dieting system is amix of mechanics of how I eat with how I think about the food and myself as a result of what I ingest rather than what I eat. I will never give up the crusty, warm, freshly baked Eurpean bread with a layer (albeit thin) of butter as this brings me right back to my childhood memories of the country fresh baked bread straight from the oven, family meal at the table under the walnut tree in the country side and feeling happy. Happy beats sexy for me at any moment.. End result of being happy = long life of culinary delight with no suffering of t hevegan atrociously tasting food pretending products been there done that.. Live but once and live good. Like: +4 Fiat Says: November 9th, 2011 at 2:13 am I love burger, so my ideal diet will by a patty complete with bacon, a slice of tomatoes, some mustard and mayo, flanked by bun. But, aware of the consequences of taking those fantastic food daily will affect my health, I limit the taking to be twice a month, less if I can. Upon munching those favorite diet, I try to enjoy it as much as I can, with happ y feeling and gratitude. It s just a simple happy filled burger. And one more, I ve once taking burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it alwa ys taste great. Like: 0 Asni Says: November 9th, 2011 at 2:27 am I used to eat all the fried stuff, KFC chicken and the skin, chicken liver and h earts, rendang, lodeh (all the Malay/Indonesian food cooked with coconut milk), loads of coffee stirred with condensed milk, keropok, epok epok, potato crisps, ice cream, etc. Butsince being diagnosed with high cholesterol ten years ago, I ve become conscious of what goes into my mouth.I ve stayed away from most of the fri edstuff or animal organs and all the unhealthy snacking. Nowadays, my meals woul d be along the following lines: Breakfast Wholegrain oats, plain, no milk or sugar Black coffee, no sugar Mid-morning Plain crackers Fruit Water

Lunch Sandwich (cheese or tuna or grilled chicken or egg) Salad (lettuce, tomato with olive oil) Green tea or fruit juice Dinner Brown rice Steamed fish or chicken curry, etc. Stir fried vegetables or tofu Fruit Water Like: +1 Christine Says: November 9th, 2011 at 2:52 am My ideal diet would be food which is low-carb, low-fat and high-fibre. It doesn t matter whether I get this foodfrom outside or I cook myself; the mainpoint is th e dishes selection on our plate. I take pleasure in eating a lot of vegetables ( I love colors on my plate), fresh fruits and white meat; and drinking milk and p lain water. I used to practice this blood (type) A diet rather strictly few year s back. On top of that, I seldom touched junk food; do not drink alcohol and smo ke. Sadly, since I moved to Malaysia (although I am still a fussy eater when it come s to the menu), I have become more like a carnivore here. I have been eating red meat and processed food forthe past year and binging on junk-food more often th an I ever did. I know it s wrong but I find it challenging to get back on the righ t track now. One day, I want to return to my previous blood (type) A diet lifest yle which is heavy onvegetables, fruits and free of red meat. Also, since I have gastric problem, my eating method is always several small mea ls a day. It is proven that eating 5 smaller meals a day prevents me from painfu l gastric irritation, makes me feeling full all the time thus easier to maintain my weight and gives me better digestion. I always feel healthier that way. My h usband always asks me to eat bigger portions three times a day so I won t feel hun gry so fast. But this just doesn t work for me. I have toeat smaller portion other wise I d have upset stomach. My idea is I just stop eating when I am full. I don t m ake my stomach takes in food more than its capacity. Like: +1 roand Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:06 am More fish , vegetables and fruits. followed by heaps of water. Less meat!!! Like: +2 Prion Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:19 am A blend of veganized (I m a veg) ethnic foods. Maybe a combination of at least 50% r aw, 50% cooked. Fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fungi ex. Like: +1 AH888 Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:21 am Of course, my responsible side says, I would have a personal chef to cook mefresh , organic, mostly vegatarian meals every day comparable to the most perfectly hea lthy and delicious food I veever eaten in my life at this restaurant: http://www.g reensrestaurant.com/ But, my bohemian side says, Indian food, pizza, soda, chocolate shakes, and chees eburgers! Like: +2 cloudio Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:33 am I love food. One of the few things thatmake me proud to be Italian. I love cooking my own food like an alchemist, as much as trying new restaurants. Food is culture: every place I travel, I try local specialities. My ideal diet is against any -ism, simply be conscious. Know what you eat. No fo od is ethically good or evil, pure healthy or junk. Just find what s better for yo

u. Experiment. One day I can eatlike a pig, the next day fasting. I only need to learn to chew slowly. Spaghetti, Argentinean cow, Sashimi, French fries, Tiramis. Wine is divine. Like: +2 Jacquie Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:35 am I eat my ideal diet 90% of the time now and it entails lots of fruit and veggies , whole wheat pasta, whole grain bread, a large variety of grains, beans and len tils, nuts and seeds, alongwith poultry, seafood, fish, beef/pork, eggs, 1% milk & milk products, tea and a lot of water daily. The other 10% is used on what I thinkof as my extras .fries, DQ Blizzard, fried chic ken, potato chips, buttered popcorn, the odd vodka & 7, some processed foods. I don t deny myself any food, I just have the 10% in moderation. Like: +2 Pat Fuller Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:47 am My ideal diet is pretty much what I am currently eating each day. I eat mostly r aw foods. Nuts and dried berries. Peanut butter and bananas on tortillas. Apples , grapes, smoothies with yogurt, blueberries, and broccoli. salad mix withbell p eppers, kirby cucumbers, grape tomatoes. and beans. Almond milk. Whole grain cer eal and bread. Occasionally a boiled egg or omelet. Once in a while, I do enjoy a meal at a restaurant. Then I will eat fish or chicken and soup. I also eat a s mall piece of dark chocolate. My vice is coffee. I drink 4 or 5 cups a day. I al so like green tea.I buy organic when I canfind it at a decent price. I try to li mit meat and milk as much as I can. Sometimes I cook a sweet potato in the micro wave and I use tofu in soups and stir fries. Probably 90% raw and 10% cooked. Like: 0 Kimberly Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:50 am My ideal diet would be based on a variety of healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, seafood, chicken, and lots of tea (which I already drink every day! ). If I were to make my perfect meal, breakfast would have to be pancakes, fried eg gs, bacon, orange slices, and tea. Lunch would be cream of broccoli soup (my fav ourite). I have always loved variety with dinner, but definitely something with shrimp, cooked vegetables or stir fry and rice would be amazing, and dessert wou ld have to bebutterscotch ripple ice cream with chocolate syrup. Like: +1 Ezza Says: November 9th, 2011 at 3:58 am My ideal diet should consist of 80% Fruits and vegetables, 10% White meatand 10% whatever I choose to eat. I know for me I would feel better, prevent my health issues and make me feel like I have more energy. Sometimes, I have to remind myself that Food is important for your mind, body and soul especially when I eat emotionally which is a drag Right now, I eat when I am hungry andopt for fruit and vegetables, rather than l ooking for convenience of happymeals . Like: +1 Ezza Says: November 9th, 2011 at 4:02 am Jacquie I love your recipe for Ideal Diet especially I don t deny myself anyfood, I j ust have the 10% in moderation. I wish I knew that 8 year ago But times change and so do people, I am more focused on eating better for my body type rather eat wh at other people tell me to eat basedon science or whatever. I feel great when I eat right. Don t you? I think its obvious you do because you have a healthy, portioned and balance nut ritional diet. All KUDOS to you hun. All the best xx Like: 0 Anshuman Singh Says: November 9th, 2011 at 4:08 am

My ideal diet is any food that makes mefeel more energetic after the meal and I don t feel laziness. That means its more of green vegetables, few hot chapatis wit h a little butter, and a nice seasonal vegetable dish. Like: 0 Brandy Says: November 9th, 2011 at 4:13 am I d return to my vegetarian diet & eat amazingly delicious fresh food for breakfas t, lunch, and dinner. I live at home with my parents and it s extremely hard to no t eat meat. I definitely don t eat as much as they do,I do choose carefully, but l ately it s been even harder. I would drink water infused with lime (because I m such a fan of lime water) and I wouldn t drink cow s milk. I d also stay away from frozen tv dinners and all fast food. I would make my own french fries in the oven, cook meals for myself and freeze the meals for the rest of the week. Ohwow, I would love it! http://personalexcellence.co/challenges/wp-includes/images/smilies/idea .gif Like: 0 Sara Says: November 9th, 2011 at 4:15 am My ideal diet would be, a scheudaled extremely healthy diet, that contains no ca rbs, no fat, lots of raw food, lots of fruits and vegis, and blenty of water.I w ould like to add a multivitamin too. I would like to exersice daily, get blenty of sleep. I also would like to have a relaxation weekly routine too. I also woul d like to add milk to my diet, coz I dont drink much. Thanks Like: 0 aileen Says: November 9th, 2011 at 4:26 am Traditional food from around the world:mexican, ethiopian, indian, japanese, per uvian mmmm! And PIZZA! I love food so much. I wish it didn t make me gain weight! Like: 0 J Says: November 9th, 2011 at 4:36 am It would be a paste, unchanging and laden with everything essential, that I coul d eat at all times of the day with no planning or preparation. Food brings me little pleasure. I suppose I miss out, but it s also very easy for me to eat healthily, because I m n ot easily tempted. I am very close to my perfect practical diet now. (I ll save th e paste for my dreams.) I eat zero processed food, close to 100% organic. Carbs under 200g/day. Ample pr otein and healthy fat. It works. I ll digress and say that I was a ovo-lacto vegetarian from 1999 until 2005. I don t believe it s morally wrong to eat animals, but I dislike it very much. Today I on ly eat humanely raisedand slaughtered animals. Anyway, I wastired all the time, gained weight and developed high cholesterol on the vegetarian diet. Pasta and d airy are thelikely culprits. I was always hungry, and those helped me to feel fu ll. next page 1