I’ve never ever thought I was a person who liked routine.
I prefer spontaneity. This explains why I agreed to brush out my hair into a massive afro in high school to celebrate our football team going to the state tournament. Lucky for you, I cannot find a picture of that fateful day when my pride + sense of vanity took a backseat to school spirit.
I also enjoy not having plans. When traveling, I’ve been known to pack for international destinations the night before leaving without anything more than clothes, toiletries and an unused Lonely Planet travel guide. Vaccinations, what?
I’m a dreamer. Why else do you think I keep pimping myself out to Jake Gyllenhaal on this blog?
However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that no matter how much my right-brained self enjoys this sense of freedom and independence, my body does not.
It likes knowing it will be eating PB+B toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon for breakfast at 7:30am.
This is one of the reasons why I’ve steered away from day-to-day blogging of all my meals as of late. I often eat the same thing over and over and over again.
I mean, I recently ate PB+B toast for breakfast 17 days straight last month…
My body likes knowing what it will be eating, when it will be eating and where it will be eating.
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 sliced cucumber
toast w/ melted Provolone
1/2 cup raspberries
1 Nutella Hazelnut Brownie
local cherry tomatoes
It makes subtle shifts in energy, digestion and overall mood when my sense of daily routine is thrown off.
Like when I drink a little too much beer.
Or, perhaps when I go one too many days eating some not-so-good-for-me food.
And when I’m doing a bit of traveling for work around Wisconsin, like right now.
Luckily, I’ve been able to stay with Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian most of these traveling days, and they always stock the house with healthy, yummy WHOLE foods.
That and stocking me with an YMCA membership still at the age of 25.
It makes things infinitely easier.
Having a multigrain quinoa bread sandwich with spinach, provolone cheese and spinach + artichoke hummus alongside apples + broccoli dipped in peanut butter at my disposal helps mitigate the effects when it’s impossible to follow my normal schedule…
I used to say routine schmoutine, who needs it?
To a certain extent, I still believe that.
But I also realize the benefit of having a routine my body can depend on day in and day out. My digestion is regular (TMI?); my energy levels stay even and elevated; getting to bed and waking up in the morning are seamless, painless transitions; and most of all, I just feel better.
That’s not to say I still can’t adapt to the unexpected…
Thai Curry Soup with Tofu from Noodles & Company? Let’s roll with it.
But I am only getting older, peeps.
In case you were worried, that’s just older – not necessarily more mature.
I have a feeling as time passes, it will only become more and more important for my health (and sanity!) to maintain a daily routine of healthy eating, healthy workouts and an overall happy, healthy lifestyle.
Geez, does this mean I am admitting that I am a real-life grown-up?
There’s always room in the day for fros, unplanned travel and Jake Gyllenhaal.
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