Mindful Eating

I admit it.

I’ve been there. Driving to work, running late with one hand on the wheel and the other shoving toast in my face. Not only does this result in a disaster of crumbs in my car, but it inhibits full presence in both tasks.

Consider this: you’re snuggled up on the couch with a bag of your favorite chips, binge-watching the entire last season of Breaking Bad. I know, sounds great, right? But, halfway through the 4th episode, you reach in the bag for a handful and realize it’s empty. How did that happen?!

When we eat with a lack of awareness, presence, and mindfulness, we create a disconnect between our mind and our body. We consume more, which leads to weight gain, and we end our meal or snack still unsatisfied.

Cultivating mindfulness in dietary habits sounds simple, but can be a lot of work. This involves making conscious choices about what, when, and why you are eating. Try incorporating mindfulness into your diet by:

  • EXPRESSING GRATITUDE

…before, during, and after your meal. This doesn’t have to be labeled as a ‘prayer’, but taking a moment to say thanks before tucking in makes the food taste better… I swear.

  • EATING ONLY AT THE TABLE

not on the go, on the couch in front of the TV, or at your desk.

  • FOCUSING ON YOUR FOOD

Really. What does the food on your plate look like? What is the texture? How does it feel in your mouth? How does it sound?

  • CHEWING, CHEWING, AND CHEWING SOME MORE

Make it a meditation of sorts. The smaller your food is when swallowed, the easier it travels through the rest of your digestive system.

  • SETTING DOWN UTENSILS BETWEEN BITES

Let your body have time to recognize satiety, and learn how to listen to it when it’s full.

Practicing mindful eating opens doors for a healthy relationship with food. Being present at the table and with your meals reduces over eating, increases general satisfaction and enjoyment, and vastly improves digestive health.

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What is ‘Eating Like an Outlaw’?

OUTLAWS are well aware that the bendy positions they get themselves into are but a tiny fragment of the vast concept and practice that is YOGA. As appealing as the idea of twisting into a pretzel or floating effortlessly into an arm balance is, yoga offers countless health benefits, spiritual guidance, and personal empowerment and growth. The Five Foundations of Outlaw Yoga actually mention very little about ‘asana’ or the movement through these postures. For reference, here they are:

1. Cultivate Mindfulness on and off the mat.
2. Do the Discipline of your personal practice.
3. Choose Boldness in yoga and in life.
4. Find Acceptance for old ways of being by breaking though to new possibilities.
5. Create Connection in the studio and beyond.

 

These principles are acknowledged in all aspects of daily living, including-you guessed it-eating.

Eating is a basic human need. Each and every one of us requires nourishment to survive, and the earth (ever so kindly) provides us with it. So why has something that is, in theory, fairly simple become so damn complicated and manipulated? Every day I stumble across news of the latest-and-greatest diet plan, or peruse an scientific research report explaining  “Predictions of Biodiversity Response to Genetically Modified Herbicide-Tolerant Crops” and I’m dumbfounded.

Young and old alike are on a quest for the magic potion to solve their mountain of problems. Many want to pop diet pills, or down protein shakes, but don’t understand the first thing about real nutrition and what their bodies truly need. Your meals are the building blocks of you. You create the recipes for your energy or exhaustion, your aging and your sleep. Diet affects all this and much, much more.

As a nutritionist, I know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription for a nutrient dense, calorically appropriate, and halfway delicious diet. That’s why I want to dedicate my time and knowledge to helping yogis (and non-yogis) figure out what works for them. Pairing the right foods for your body with a dash of mindfulness, discipline, boldness, acceptance, and connection can transform your life in ways you didn’t even know were possible.

 

Are you ready to change the way you interact with food?
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Eat Like An Outlaw