What’s a Positivity Diet?
3/7/16 — The idea of the “positivity diet” was something that I started thinking about after two things happened.
First, my fiancé was getting ready to leave for a business trip, and for a few days leading into it I was totally bummed out. I was barely able to enjoy his company because I was so caught up in the anticipation of our distance.
Second, beer and bar food summed up my Saturday night.
The short of it is that I find it’s frighteningly easy—and probably human nature—to dwell on the negatives.
In diets, we often obsess, and crucify ourselves, over all the things we “shouldn’t” be eating. In rich moments with loved ones, we/I all-too-easily focus on lack and being without.
So I’d like to try something different.
For food, instead of dwelling on all the stuff I shouldn’t eat, I want to emphasize bringing more good stuff in.
I want to weave more fruits and veggies into my diet, and I want to be playful and creative with it. No pressure; it can be a fun challenge! One recipe in my cookbook is for brownies with zucchini. I’m also going to play with more interesting combinations in salads, sandwiches, and more.
To my other point, about fantasies of lack, I was very aware of the funk I was in before my fiancé left. What helped was saying short prayers asking for help, and indicating that I was willing to see things differently. I would like to keep doing that, and build on it by including a ‘thank you’ in those prayers too.
Basically whenever I’m about to complain about something, I’d like to either replace that negativity, or at least supplement it, with gratitude.
The idea is to fill ourselves up with good stuff of all kinds—from fruits and veggies to loving thoughts. I’m thinking that will leave less room for crap within us, and it’ll help us bounce back faster when we inevitably do go into a dark place of some form or another from time to time.
So try this with me! Let’s eat up the good stuff; let’s dwell on that!
I think it could be pretty sweet.