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Three Word Exercise

January 1, 2015 , , , , ,

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Chris Brogan has announced his 3 words for 2015.   This annual challenge is an alternative to the classic resolution style.  I have done it with success, and also done it when I forgot my words entirely.  Like anything else, persistence is needed for results too occur.  I am pleased with my own choices this year, patience, persistence, and poetry.  They have meaning across the board to upgrades I aspire to make.  I plan to use them liberally throughout the year.  I also plan to use Brother Brogan’s words to apply to a specific change I am making in my household.  There is no rule that says you can’t admire and swipe other people’s words if they suit you.  His words work for my new world of menu planning.  I have become convinced that improvisation is not the best way forward with nutrition.  It has served me well, and I am healthy.  I want to develop the skills and the results of managing our home kitchen like a chef with a restaurant. I know that planning and balance will bring lower costs and higher quality nutrition to our diet.   We will waste less produce and use the freezer to make the most of what we buy.  This new discipline fits perfectly with the words I am appropriating from Brother Brogan for this project.

His words are:

  • Plan –I don’t know why I resist planning menus or food prepping.  I believe it is a silly idea about authority and total creativity.  I will not be less creative when I add the layer of planing, prepping, and shopping specifically for a menu.  It is exactly like planning a travel itinerary carefully and precisely so that serendipity and improvisation can take place.  I am devoting a calendar to the menu project, as I used to do with my travel agenda for the year.  The trip to better nutrition has been launched.
  • Leverage–My guru of this whole idea, Dr. Loretta Standley, publishes a very helpful and concise guide for healthy habits in her Activities of Daily Living segment.  One of the six categories she covers daily is food prepping.  I am pretty good with all the other 5 categories, and I see exactly why this is a great practice.  The idea of cooking once and making many dishes to use/freeze leverages time, ingredients, and energy.   On Dr. Loretta’s advice I am systematically clearing out the freezer and arming myself with labels to track the contents in the future.  It is so simple, yet I have never done it.  My favorite piece of advice on this subject she has given lately is All or Nothing—meaning either make the amount you will eat right now, leaving nothing to store, or have a plan (see word number one) to use and freeze the excess.  Brilliant!!!! Why have I not done this???
  • Fabric–This is where the effort and attention to balance create a strong, nutritious, gourmet experience.  I enjoy trying new recipes and ethnic ingredients imported from elsewhere.  By planning and leveraging my ingredients and my time I will make a structure that supports our health and well being.  Chris talks about weaving strength into his business by staying healthy and fit.  The menu planning and food prepping not only provide superior dining options at home, but free up time for other activities.  It is an infrastructure that supports our health and fitness, as well as our time management.  Planning and prepping are the warp.  Creativity, availability, and improvisation are the weft of our 2015 diet.

Thanks, as always, for your guidance, Chris.  I am happily applying your words to my advantage this year.  I have loved your teaching since Trust Agents.  I hope your words will be fabulous for you as well.  All the best in 2015.

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I can understand why planning doesn’t always work.. We seem to think it lacks spontaneity and sometimes serendipity sounds/feels/tastes better. Following a recipe often seems like regimentation and it often can be boring.
I will watch your trip to better nutrition with thought and attention to detail.
I know that nutrition is important but sometimes the time that food prep requires doesn’t work for me on a specific day.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

January 3, 2015

I am optimistic that I will both create better variety and save time. We shall see. I don’t follow recipes myself. This is more of a philosophy.

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Pamela Morse

January 3, 2015

Good luck with your project and menu planning. I’m not good at menu planning here, but I eat out way too much for it to work I think!

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London-Unattached.com

January 4, 2015

I am not sure about that, Fiona. Your 5:2 thing is a very well organized and admirable approach…precisely because your talents are needed at all those restaurants all the time.

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Pamela Morse

January 4, 2015

I dig each of your words Pam.

I am huge on simplicity, and I’m taking that one word from my friend – and yes mentor 😉 – Chris Brogan.

He’s always helped me stay on track before the New Year and I love his 3 word idea. I just am bringing it down to one, in the name of simplicity 😉

Ryan

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Ryan Biddulph

January 4, 2015

Simplicity is like patience…opens many doors you never knew were there….good one, Ryan!!

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Pamela Morse

January 4, 2015

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