It's always important for me to revisit my values as they relate to each system. It can be helpful to revisit the space in my journal where I've recorded these values...but first I like to write them again from my thoughts. I may think of something that I haven't written or thought of before...but mainly thinking through them again is a great way to cement them in my mind...to recall what is important to me + to reiterate that importance to myself. When it comes to food, I value local, organic, zero-waste, nourishing, delicious, whole foods.
When I find that I've fallen short of these values, I feel guilt + frustration with myself. I try to think of ways to avoid whatever has led me to fall short in the future. The systems I set up for myself create frameworks for "success" + eliminate the need to rethink how I do things with each grocery trip or meal prep time.
A few of the ways that I've shifted my food system in recent months include:
- Keeping my reusable bags in the car. I'm often stopping at the store on the way home from somewhere else now (instead of taking a grocery specific trip).
- Planning + shopping for three meals at a time (rather than a week at a time).
- Making enough for two dinners each time I cook. (I bought lidded glass dishes for the extra meals.)
- Having the same thing for breakfasts + lunches pretty much every day. Just to save the time + stress of thinking about it daily (+ when grocery shopping). These meals can change or alternate at any time.
It's helpful for me to see all of these shifts in one place. It lets me realize that I have made progress in setting myself up for success. It also allows me to recognize that each one of these shifts is a kindness to myself. I'll often smile + say "thank you" to myself (yup, for real) for having put my bags in the car...or for having a whole meal prepared in the fridge. Saying "thank you" to ourselves is kindness too. :)