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Mindful Eating: Bringing Yogic Philosophy to Your Food

February 15, 2012

As a yoga teacher and lover of all things yogi, I attempt to bring this mentality to everything. I'm also a certified raw food chef and create amazing cleanse experiences for my clients and host raw uncooking classes, continuing this mindful practice in all areas of my life.

Mindfulness

  • *Eat your main meal before 2p and don't eat anything after 7p. this will allow your body to digest the food more fully. Try to eat at the same time every day.
  • *Chew your food slowly and with reverence.
  • *Eat organic, fresh foods as often as possible.
  • *Prepare your own food, using your hands as much as possible instead of spoons, mixers, or processors. Think of cooking as a meditation practice. then eat with your hands as well, making the connection between your hands and you belly. (Ethiopian Cuisine is a great idea for group get together's!)
  • *Don't cook or eat when you feel agitated or distracted. You infuse the foods you prepare with your energy and emotions. Cooking with loving attention brings joy to those who eat your food.
  • *Always say a prayer of gratitude before you eat. (or just acknowledge the foods beauty and how luck you are to eat it!)
  • *Stop eating before you're full. Yogis fill their bellies only two-thirds full: one-third with food and one-third with liquid. The remaining third should stay empty to help the stomach digest properly.
  • *Take a walk after eating; don't go to bed right after a meal.

A sadhana is a type of mindfulness practice, a way of fully participating in something. Yogis believe everything has its own sadhana, including eating and cooking (or 'uncooking'!). Here are some suggestions to get the most out of the food you eat and to promote optimal digestion.

"there are some people who eat an orage but don't really eat it. They eat their sorrow, fear, anger, past, and future. They are not really present, with body and mind united." -Thich Nhat Hanh

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