MBP Daily Three: When Your Lucky Underpants Don’t Help

MBP3 IS A SERIES DEDICATED TO WALKING THE WALK. WHAT ARE 3 THINGS YOU’VE DONE TODAY TO NOURISH YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY, & YOUR PLATE?
calvin and hobbes lucky rocket ship underpants

From Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Woof. Some days, you’re just so, totally down in the dumps. I knew a girl who called it “going to her dark place.” Luckily, the MBP Daily Three is a tool you can use to pave the way toward a better tomorrow, no matter how you feel today. It’s easy to remember: just check off one thing you’ve done today to nourish your mental health, your physical health, and your nutritional health (mind, body, and plate). The MBP3 might not turn your whole day around, but a little bit of self-care today may do a great deal of good in the long run.

Body: My handsome, bearded husband took the day off for a doctor appointment. Though he practically had to drag me out of the house, we ended up going for a short run through the neighborhood together. My brain was doing this weird thing where I thought if I couldn’t go run a 10k, then I shouldn’t run at all (being a perfectionist is really special sometimes). In the end, I just had to strong arm my way through that resistance and get out there. And don’t think I forget for one second how lucky I am to have a partner who can kindly nudge me in the right direction when I’m getting in my own way.

Photograph by Nicole Franzen for Gardenista

Photograph by Nicole Franzen for Gardenista

Mind: Our new neighborhood in Brooklyn is home to this cool little business called Sycamore Bar & Flower Shop. It’s, well… a bar attached to a flower shop. They’ve got all kinds of beautiful moss and ivy creations hanging in glass terrariums in the windows, along with gorgeous and unique flowers littering the mason-jar-filled space. After our run, we stepped inside just to have a look around. There was something about taking in the delicate beauty of some of those little succulents and air plants that demanded mindfulness. And practicing mindfulness helped lift my mood. Maybe we just ducked into a little bar and flower shop, but in some way it felt like a tiny trip to some sort of Midsummer Night’s fairyland, and it shook up my day in just the right way. It’s interesting how the smallest things can affect one’s perspective.

Plate: Finally, we stopped at the health food store, and I pulled up a recipe for red lentil coconut soup that I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for a while. I took my time perusing the store, an enjoyable pastime for me in itself, and gathered the ingredients to make the dish. The truth is, I may not even make it tonight; I may just not have it in me. But I’ll be able to make it tomorrow. And somehow, just knowing that I have all of the ingredients to make such a rich and healthy meal makes me feel more at ease.  No matter what happens, I know I have some rewarding nourishment coming my way.

Will you tackle your MBP Daily Three even when it seems like a futile undertaking? Who are the people in your life you can turn to for a gentle nudge in the right direction? Let me know in the comments below, and have a lucky rocketship underpants kind of day.

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MBP Daily Three: Baby It’s Cold Outside

MBP3 IS A SERIES DEDICATED TO WALKING THE WALK. WHAT ARE 3 THINGS YOU’VE DONE TODAY TO NOURISH YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY, & YOUR PLATE?

snowy nyc cab

Body: Despite icy New York City streets and 10 degree weather, I managed to tackle two yoga classes yesterday. The first, my usual Thursday morning vinyasa class, is one of the most challenging classes I take all week. When I started attending well over a year ago, I used to joke with my husband that “it wasn’t a Thursday morning if I didn’t fall on my face!” Well, I have to say, I’m pretty proud that I now have the stamina not only to protect my pout, but to go back for more. Mind you, my second class was a restorative one, but still… I’m happy that I didn’t shy away from added activity, especially when this wintry weather makes it so difficult to stay outgoing and uplifted.

Mind: Speaking of staying uplifted, I made the executive decision not to spend my free day cooped up home alone re-watching old episodes of Law and Order SVU (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Instead, I decided to stay cooped up in Brooklyn, along with my dear friend and her beautiful new baby girl. Often when I’m exhausted, my natural tendency is to isolate myself, which seems right in the moment but leaves me feeling a bit depressed in the long term. Sometimes I have to push myself to be more social even if it’s not my first instinct, because I know in the end it will leave me feeling more stimulated, uplifted, and inspired. Plus, I had the added benefit of knowing I brightened someone else’s day! After all, it’s not easy to be a new mom stuck at home in the dead of winter.

mother and baby

Plate: The bountiful salad I had for lunch filled me so substantially that I was able to eat a relatively light dinner (1/3 c baked butternut squash, a handful of carrots, and 3 Tbsp hummus) and feel completely satisfied. Making breakfast or lunch your biggest meal of the day is not always easy, especially in our siesta-less American culture. But it is important: not only do our bodies utilize caloric energy most efficiently before 3 PM, but we also tend to sleep better when we’re not overly stuffed. In my mind, these are reasons enough to start “front-loading” your day.

An early 17th century family supper. Image via www.historiccookingschool.com

An early 17th century family supper. Image via http://www.historiccookingschool.com

Here’s a fun fact: the word supper comes from the word for soup, because from the Middle Ages until the 18th century, the last meal of the day was typically a light snack, like a bowl of soup, perhaps sopped up with bread. The middle meal was traditionally the largest and main meal of the day and was called… wait for it… dinner!

Yesterday turned out to be rich and rewarding despite freezing weather, but today is a new day calling for a new MBP Daily Three. What will you do today to nourish your mind, your body, and your plate?