The new habit this week is to eat some lean protein with every meal. Finally, a return to concrete, measurable, did-I-or-didn’t-I habits! Whew. It’s nice to be concentrating on something that doesn’t take as much brain power and mental acrobatics to be successful.
This habit will be more of a logistical challenge than anything else — doing the planning to make sure that I have some lean protein available for all of my meals. A year or so ago, I started upping my protein intake — or, at least, being mindful of trying to get more protein — so I’m thinking that this won’t be all that difficult for me. It helps that I like almost all of the good sources of protein, from chicken to eggs and beans and fish. And I’m looking forward to trying out a new recipe that I ran across for homemade turkey jerky (this recipe will wait for cooler weather, though… no sense in having my oven on for 6-10 hours when I’m paying for air-conditioning).
Of course, the previous habits just don’t get thrown out the window; while my happy, I’m-compliant green checkmark no longer depends on me eating slowly and eating to 80% full, I still have to keep implementing those habits. Seeing as how these are dubbed The Two Super Habits, this shouln’t come as a huge shock to anyone. The Super Habits (I like thinking of them in superhero costumes somehow) will work in conjunction with the new lean protein habit — by having more lean protein on the plate (which will ideally displace something else that I was eating), I’ll feel more satisfied after meals, even with only eating to 80%. That’s what’s supposed to happen, at least.
On a side note, the first habit — taking fish oil and probiotic — has been brought down to smaller quantities: 1 tsp of fish oil and a normal dose of the probiotic. Everything I’ve been reading lately has been touting the awesomeness of these two things, but I have to say that I don’t really notice any difference after having taken both for 6 weeks. Oh well – it can’t hurt, right?
So – onward! Another 2-week habit to learn and master!