Your ideal life starts with breakfast

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Welcome!

First of all, sorry there wasn’t a newsletter last week! I was working on getting a video together for our newly relaunched The Eazy Vegan (did you see it? It was about pressure cookers!) and it killed my computer for a bit, along with part of my mind!

During the downtime and some of the more frustrating parts of picking up new skills, I had a chance to reflect a bit on the past two months on The Better Network: what’s worked, what hasn’t, what’s promising, and what needs to be dropped.

For the most part, not much is changing, and we’re going to keep with the plan of launching a new site every week or so (more on that in a minute!) but I’ve started to think about what an ideal Better Network is going to look like in three months.

While doing so, I ran through some exercises to figure out what I wanted to do, and maybe more importantly, what I didn’t want to do. Today I’d like to share one of those exercises with you, both because I think it’ll help you get where you want to go, and also because, and I’m sorry to paraphrase Tom Cruise like this, but it’ll help me help you, which is basically what I’m here for.

Your ideal life starts with breakfast!

I’m in love with that phrase. What we eat, and maybe more importantly, how, when and with whom we eat, is the foundation for so many things in life.

I want you to take a moment to think about what your ideal life would be like, but in particular, I want you to think about the food aspect of it, since that’s where I can help the most.

You can do this in five minutes, or you could meditate on it for hours. Picture yourself at each meal.

Don’t think about the “how” behind any of this. In your ideal world, you’ve already figured all this out. What I’d like you to do here is to find a few quiet moments and imagine you’ve got your ideal life, and think a bit about how food mixes into it.

Here are some seed questions to get you started:

How many meals do you eat per day?

Who do you eat with?

How long does a meal take?

Where do you eat lunch? Dinner?

Do you cook? Are you in a restaurant? Is there a Star Trek food replicator gizmo?

Who does the dishes? Or are there dishes?

How do these meals mix with your day-to-day activities? What did you do just before lunch? What do you do right after breakfast?

What about snacks? When and where? And why?

Remember, in your ideal life, there’s no reason you can’t eat what, how, and when you want. The obstacles are gone. Think big!

Most people try to design their lives around their jobs. A few will flip that and design their jobs around their lives. Here’s the third option: with three to six meals a day for the average person, food can be the anchor that the rest of your life is built around.

If you decide what’s really important to you, the rest is just a jigsaw puzzle, really, where you fill in those gaps. Sure, some of them are huge, but let’s start with food.

I want to focus some of the work we do on helping you realize your ideal meals, which I believe can lead to an ideal life. If this exercise has inspired you to share, please let me know one or two insights that you got from it so I can better tune the stuff we produce to help you get there!

And hey, did you come up with any insights that you can put into practice right now? What were they?

New site: Juicy Smooth!

A lot of you are interested in raw foods, and it’s something I’d like to do more of as well (we’ve got a video for Kale Chips going live this week on Eazy Vegan,) but I don’t have enough experience in that area to really build value yet.

In the meantime, there is something I’m passionate about that’ll help bridge the gap, and that’s juices and smoothies, so I’m happy to announce the latest addition to The Better Network: Juicy Smooth, your juice and smoothie resource.

We’re going to cover different juices and smoothies, and also review gear, books, and more tips and tricks to help you incorporate a wider range of liquids in your diet. And since I’m writing the articles, it’ll be in a lighter style than you might expect – think VP for juicing.

I’m still trying to find the right rhythm, but you can expect 2 to 3 posts per week while we get started, and of course there are the good old Twitter and email options to make sure you don’t miss anything.

No office hours this week!

Sorry folks, I love the idea of office hours, but I’m still tweaking the newsletter/office hours mix and need another week to sort this out. (Plus I’m booked Thursday 🙂 Updates on that next week!

Thanks!

Thanks again for reading these ideas, providing your feedback, giving me suggestions for new articles, and those simple notes of encouragement that take all of five seconds to write but mean the world to me. Trust me, I learn as much out of these things as you do!

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Jason