Energy Diet

Part of a Whole

It’s hard to believe that I have been dieting for 8 weeks and not seen any results. I’ve been going to the gym and everything. Stupid cookies. Blast you, eggnog.

Oh wait, we’re talking about energy dieting, aren’t we?

Oh riiiiight. That’s a different story. My bad.

Reflecting back on the last couple of months, I can be honest with myself and say that the changes I made for the diet weren’t all that serious. Shortened my shower time. Turned off the lights. Unplugged some stuff. Stopped driving maniacally (at least for a week or so). But some of the thinking I did and the conversations I had with people in my community really showed me the value of this experience.

I think it’s safe to say that the success of dieting, energy or otherwise, largely depends not upon a change of routine or behavior, but a change of mind. By becoming more conscious of my energy-related decisions, I became aware of the ripple effect my choices have on local and global levels. This new knowledge and awareness of the flow of energy and how I am a part of it really brought to my attention a lot of environmental issues that I am actually helping to perpetuate, though not directly. Being cognitive of my somewhat lackadaisical environmentalism has really helped me get on the path toward changing my mind and, slowly, changing my ways.

No matter the diet you’ve been on, it really is hard to believe that 8 weeks have gone by. If you’ve been following along with us here, and maybe making some strides of your own at home, I’m hoping that you’re seeing a difference. Your energy bills may or may not be reflecting the changes you’ve been making, but if you really think about it, that’s not why we’re doing this in the first place. Thanks for being a part of the change. Thanks for being a part of something bigger.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Christina Nunez
    December 19, 2011, 2:33 pm

    Alicia, thank you for bringing great writing and beautiful photography to this last eight weeks. Definitely inspiring!