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Today is my 46th birthday. I’m spending it with Joey in downtown Chicago. The weather is beautiful and it inspires me to get started on my Happiness Project.

This 4-week cycle I’ll be focusing on changing my relationship with food to increase my happiness. I use food in several ways, not all constructive. Here are my resolutions; the goal is to appreciate food as a sensory experience sometimes, and use food as physical nourishment instead of temporary comfort, which actually leads to feeling guilty and frustrated.

Try a new recipe once a week: I enjoy cooking and exploring new tastes; summer’s bounty will help a lot

Limit sugar to artificial in coffee and what is present in unprocessed food: while I’m not going to give up sweetener in my morning coffee, I am ready to avoid it in processed food as much as I can

Limit alcohol to social occasions with other adults: having a glass of wine with dinner is ok, unfortunately it leads to me binging on sweets. So, it will have to go.

Track everything on Calorie Count: it’s easy to do and it will keep me aware

Increase protein and fiber: this will help me stay satisfied and support my active lifestyle

I put these as tasks on Outlook so I can stay focused.

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