In the last two years, I’ve really enjoyed teaching more. I think it’s because I’ve stopped being the hard-@%$ that I was for the first eight years. I used to be “by the book”. No hats, no electronics, no getting up out of your seat unless you raise your hand and ask, and certainly no questioning me as to why I do what I do.
This is not to say that I’m a push-over now, but I have found that I have gotten better results with my students by “loosening the reins” a bit. I still have my list of behaviors that are absolutely out of the question and I am staunch in enforcing these rules, but there is a lot of battles that I choose not to fight.
For this, my job is much easier and the kids seem much happier.
Our diets are much the same.
When I began the Paleo diet, I was strict, much as I was my first few years of teaching: No beans, no dairy, no fried foods, no dressings, no rice, no peas, no carrots, and I even restricted root vegetables because I thought them too starchy. Well, as the years have passed and I’ve learned how my body responds to certain foods, I have “loosened the reins” a bit on my diet. Once again, this does not mean my diet is free-for-all. I still have my list of foods that are OUT OF THE QUESTION.
For example, the other day, I was in Stop and Shop, and I caught my eyes glaring at a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips (I’m a salt person, not a sugar person). Yes, they looked delicious, but they are out of the question, so I didn’t even entertain the thought of buying them. Conversely, the following day, I spied a small jar of banana flavored peanut butter-NOT on my out of the question list, so I purchased it, limiting myself to 2-3 teaspoons a day at most.
Make your list of out-of-the-question foods. Make it and stick to it.
Chances are, when you’re not so aggressively limiting, you’ll be more successful in your diets.