Yoga and mindful eating have always gone hand-in-hand which can end up making a big difference for your mind, body, and soul.
Today, I want to tell you something about yoga and eating – two things that are really important for me in my daily life. Two things that have changed my entire perception of who I am and what I am here for. Two things that have turned my whole life upside down. It’s about the science of Yoga. And about the science of Eating. And also about some Psychology. After all, it is about connecting the dots between the three of them. So without further ado, I hope you will like it.
First things first: With mindful eating and cooking, I don’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing your meals, freezing big bags of bananas (which you should definitely do though), or planning each meal for the week ahead.
What I mean with mindful eating is that simple conscious thought has the power to make a huge difference!
With mindful eating, there’s no right or wrong way to eat. There are no good or bad foods, just increased awareness of the (preparation and eating) process. It’s actually quite simple. For me, mindful eating starts by being fully present when you cook – with all your senses that is. Moreover, it’s about transforming your food with tools you have on hand (knives, herbs, spices, you name it) – making it taste alive. Nourishing ourselves and those who dine with you.
Where attention goes, energy flows, and mindfulness grows.
Just as on our yoga mat where we focus on how we feel in the pose when we mindfully eat we pay attention to the colors, smells, textures, flavors, temperatures, and even the sounds of our food.
Moreover, both on the mat and at the table, we also pay attention to the mind. While avoiding judgment or criticism, we carefully watch when the mind gets distracted, pulling away from full attention to what we are practicing or eating.
The cool thing: whenever you are doing something with awareness, it’s like an echo – things will always talk back to you! So let’s connect the dots and have a look at what yoga, nutrition, and psychology have in common.
Connecting the dots: Yoga, Nutrition, Psychology
I believe that eating and cooking are not so different from a typical yoga practice. There are guidelines, practices, recipes, and everyone can choose a style that fits them best. With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to share some tips for fine-tuning your dining practice. For a mindful mind, body, and soul.
Ever since I started my healing journey, I could slowly see the connection between my former studies in psychology, the ancient sciences of yoga, and the latest research in nutrition.
Just as with yoga, cooking and eating routines will make us stronger, more flexible, and healthy, if we start to trust the process. According to many practitioners from Ayurveda to modern psychology, daily routines are essential to maintain optimal health.
It brings us stability in the middle of the storm. It brings us positivity and balance when things don’t work out as we had planned. And it helps us properly to digest all the essential nutrients to fuel us with the energy we need.
But there is more. Routines save us so much time! Just as with my daily yoga practice, I have started to consciously take some time to prepare my meals (hint: meal prepping is the key!) on the weekend for the week ahead. Just as I take time for yoga as a way to calm my mind, I use meal prepping as a calming practice.
Whenever I open the fridge during the week to throw something together that I made on a Sunday afternoon, I remember the fun time I had in the kitchen, listening to my favorite music, dancing around totally surrendering into the process.
My advice: make sure to thoughtfully create some healthy (eating) habits.