My first big step was changing what I eat. And as my blog post two days indicated, those changes have become pretty solid. Next up: changing how I eat. Specifically, snacking after dinner in front of the TV.
When I moved more heavily into my drinking and started using wine coolers to feel better in the morning, I knew that wasn't normal. I went on doing it for another 12 years, but I never pretended it was what everybody did. But snacking in front of the TV, why that's an all-American pastime and not doing this seems counter-cultural, radical, revolutionary, and worst of all, restrictive.
But there are several good reasons to stop doing it.
- Extra calories that add up to more than I need in a day. Check.
- Extra calories that don't get burned while I sleep so they add up to extra pounds (or less weight loss). Check.
- Disturbed sleep. Many foods stimulate the third-eye chakra (intuition, visions) giving us weird dreams and making us feel that we've been busy all night. Check.
- We don't physically rest as well since our digestive system has to digest (digest means less rest). Check.
And yet. And yet.