Ah, variety. They say it is the spice of life. well, I’m not sure who “they” are, but they are correct. Imagine eating the same thing every day, watching the same program every day or even wearing the same clothes every day. Yeah, booooring.
Variety is a staple in our lives because we have complex brains that need stimulation. Sure, my cat can eat the same flavored crunchy cat food for the rest of his furry life because all he knows is that he is hungry, and the taste is palatable.
Last year I was on a health kick and this was my lunch:
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into chunks
3 ounces of low-fat cheese
4 slices of turkey
I ate it every day for about nine months until one morning I went to make my lunch and I couldn’t even look at those three items. My brain had become so conditioned to my daily routine, my motions and thought process was almost mechanical. But that other part of my brain (the part that needs stimulation, I suppose) realized I was not married, nor in a long-term relationship with the apples, cheese and turkey and it was okay. I could eat other foods.
Variety makes it interesting!
Challenge: Think about something you do each day that you could change. Maybe your lunch, clothes, make-up, morning beverage, route to work. Anything you can think of. Take notice to how you react to it. Was the change exhilarating? Uncomfortable?
Journal about your change.