Years ago, the idea of using color to rate my day based on four aspects appeared via a project I was working on at the time. The four areas to highlight are:
- Stress management
The day begins after a restful night’s sleep. A minimum of 7-8 hours is required to keep all your systems in check and appetite hormones flawlessly clocking in to a morning meal. A plant-based foundation builds meals for the day. Vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains lay down the groundwork, with tag-ons of lean protein sources and high quality dairy for omnivores.
Many think exercise should be second in line but sleep deprivation means you won’t much feel like a 6:30am spin class or 5pm yoga flow. Endocrine hormones play a role in healthy appetite and metabolism; sleep enhances their effect and increases exercise performance.
Take time each day for several deep breaths, listen to a guided meditation, get purposeful activity, play yoga. You’ll then be present for you and your family in a supportive, growth enhancing way.
To keep track, mark each end-of-the-day in your paper or online calendar with red, yellow or green. Red means “I achieved one of the four,” yellow says, “I achieved 2-3,” and green means 3-4 were accomplished. There is flexibility in what counts, to you, for success.
You’ll notice that by recording your day with color, your red days will become minimized in favor of yellow and green. Try it!