The next chapter of Julia Cameron’s book The Writing Diet, goes right along with my TOPS assignment for this week. Before you eat, ask yourself four questions:
Am I hungry?
Is this what I feel like eating?
Is this what I feel like eating now?
Is there something else that I could eat instead?
I did that yesterday. In the process, I ended up eating a lot of fruit.
Because when it came right down to it, when I was hungry I really didn’t want the sandwich my kids had for lunch or the Hardees biscuit they had after their morning swimming lessons. What I really wanted was something fresh and sweet. I did have yogurt in the morning and lots of milk in my coffee and tea for my dairy, and a big slice of baked chicken smack dab in the middle of the day for my protein, and today I will go heavy on the vegetables to make up for my lack of that food group yesterday, but oh, how delicious were those two packs of marked-down raspberries from the store (marked down to 50-cents from $2.50) and the three four five oranges I ate!
And no, I didn’t forget about the two fig bars I imbibed in. Was I really hungry when I ate them? Yes. Did I really want them? Yes. Was there something I could eat instead?
I really don’t think something green and leafy would have done the trick.
And I ran out of oranges.