First, a little lesson from Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) on the difference between a goal and a system:
“Throughout my career I’ve had my antennae up, looking for examples of people who use systems as opposed to goals. In most cases, as far as I can tell, the people who use systems do better. The systems-driven people have found a way to look at the familiar in new and more useful ways.
To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose ten pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal — if you reach it at all — feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary. That feeling wears on you. In time, it becomes heavy and uncomfortable. It might even drive you out of the game.
The system-versus-goal model can be applied to most human endeavors. In the world of dieting, losing twenty pounds is a goal, but eating right is a system. In the exercise realm, running a marathon in under four hours is a goal, but exercising daily is a system. In business, making a million dollars is a goal, but being a serial entrepreneur is a system.
For our purposes, let’s say a goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.”
With that background, it’s useful to point out that what I eat is based on a system. It isn’t designed to be fun. It’s designed to be effective:
Breakfast: 4 whole eggs with chopped peppers and sauteed kale. Yogurt mixed with cashews. Coffee. Vitamin D drop and a swig of fish oil.
Lunch: Salad with mixed greens, carrots, peppers, apple, and a lean protein (beef, chicken, bison, goat, etc.). 2-3 scoops of peanut butter.
Dinner: A small stir-fry, a small snack, or a new recipe I’m trying out. Maybe nothing at all if breakfast and lunch were large enough.
** Just about all the ingredients are organic. I try to put at least 12 hours between the end of dinner and the beginning of breakfast, a mild form of intermittent fasting. Many experts recommend reversing the order I use, having little for breakfast and a larger dinner. This just happens to work better in my schedule. **