There is so many advice on healthy eating out there, that we easily get confused. But what it all comes down to is this: All you have to do is show up and be truly present at the table – just like you are on your yoga mat.
Last but not least: Don’t judge. Don’t judge yourself or anybody else. Food judgments are a constant yet ever-changing part of our culture. My advice: Just ditch it!
The thing is that being judgmental is not a behavior that serves us. Let’s face it: We judge others because we need to feel better about ourselves. It may make us feel superior or secure in the short-term, but the long-term stress of feeling “good enough” can lead to a host of serious issues.
Everyone has his or her own story. So let’s focus on ourselves, our very own story. Instead of judging, let’s listen to the stories of others. And learn. Compassion is the key. Flow and eat with your heart.
In Buddhism, compassion is the wish for others to be free from suffering and its causes. We can only really understand others when we really understand ourselves. We can feel for others when we can feel ourselves.
Practicing yoga can be the key ingredient for mindful eating. It can be the start of a journey, or the end, or both. And it has the power to make or break your success in eating well.
The old habits of eating and not paying attention are not easy to change, I know. Don’t try to make drastic changes overnight. Lasting change takes time, and is built on many small changes to accomplish first. So let’s start simple.
List of mindfulness practices:
- In the morning: Try taking the first three sips of your cup of hot tea or coffee with full attention. Not doing anything else.
- At snack-time: If you are reading and eating, try alternating these activities, not doing both at once. Read a page, then put the book down and eat a few bites, savoring the tastes, then read another page, and so on.
- During lunch: Look, touch, appreciate, and then savor the meal. Use this simple sequence for every bite you take.
- At dinners with friends or family: You might ask everyone to eat in silence for the first five minutes, thinking about the many people who brought the food to your plates. Then you can continue with your conversations.
- For desert: Enjoy your (banana) ice cream with closed eyes, as you would do during your meditation practice.
- At all times: Don’t take it all too seriously. In the end, you are just one in 9 billion people nourishing your body, mind, and soul with all the nutrients that mother earth has to offer. Say “thank you” and really appreciate what you are gifted with. After all, it is not something that everyone on this planet is lucky enough to (mindfully) experience.
Whenever you are ready: let’s get off your mat and into the kitchen.
Namasté and Bon Appetit!
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Yoga, and mindful eating are two of the best and healthiest things you can do for your body, and mind. At first glance, it might not seem much, but once you start doing it on a regular basis, you will see the difference for yourself. If you are having difficulty doing this, then follow these mindfulness practices, and take one step at a time. In just a matter of time, you will see how yoga and mindful eating changes your life.
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