A few months ago I read The Power of Habit but Charles Duhigg. It was an incredibly interesting book and gave me great insight into my habits, how to create new ones, and how to change bad ones. For example, every time I randomly fall asleep (in a chair, sitting on the couch or anywhere really), the moment I wake up, I want something to eat. I’m not hungry but I want something to eat. My habit loop is: sleep -> food -> feel satisfied. I mean what’s better than a power nap and a delicious scoop of almond butter? Apparently as soon as I recognize this habit loop and realize that I need something to feel (more) satisfied after my nap, the sooner I can replace almond butter with something more like water or kombucha. Habits really are an interesting phenomenon and they can creep up on us so quickly. Pretty soon my one scoop of almond butter might turn into two and then into an almond butter sandwich and then into almond butter ice cream. It really is a slippery slope.
On the flip side of naps and almond butter, there are those habits we create to live long and healthy lives. This evening I read an article titled “5 Daily Habits for Living Longer.” My goal has always been to live to 100 like my great grandmother, so I was quite interested. Here is a link to the article, but to sum it up, here you go:
1) Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables
2) Eat long chain omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut, and sardines)
3) Floss every day
4) Drink plenty of green tea
5) Move more
Well I’m doing good on three of these, but I need to get on the flossing and green tea bandwagon. Maybe after my naps I’ll start flossing instead of eating… it’s a good thought. I think I’ll test my theory tomorrow. Nap -> floss -> feel satisfied??? We shall see.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,