Eat. Breathe. Bend.
Yoga Inspired Eating
Disclaimer – I am not a yogi. However, I do love to put on my cutest lululemon, roll out my mat, hum some Oms, and pretend to be a yogi.
Most of all, I greatly enjoy and benefit from my weekly practice. It isn’t an easy feat. My body twists like a rusty screw. I have runner’s hamstrings and can’t touch my toes. My poses are a work in progress, but the experience is worth it.
Practicing yoga gives me a chance to breathe; to close my eyes, to exhale and inhale deeply, to turn my palms up and invite energy in, and above all to block out the outside world of tasks and demands and just to focus all energy on the movements at hand.
Since my weekly practice is something I look forward to, it puts me in a different mindset from most days and that includes eating habits.
This is a crucial part of yoga practice. We strive to be balanced in our movements and symmetry of body. For you diet, make sure to focus on eating small amounts of all food groups, colors and textures to get a diverse mix of macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
2. GROUND DOWN
Center yourself and connect with the earth. Connecting with the earth is a crucial part of wellness. Consume plenty of root vegetables. These complex carbohydrates should be the building blocks of your diet. Also, learn to appreciate the pure, unadulterated flavors of the earth.
3. LIFT UP
Elongate and lighten your body. Create a clean and light meal plan. Choose simple, whole foods and do not over eat.
4. INVITE ENERGY
Awaken the body and mind. Choose foods that are going to help accomplish this. Healthy fats will satisfy the mind and citrus, herbs, and spices will perk up your body. Small portions also help keep energy levels high while large meals will weigh you down.
5. NOTICE WHAT YOU NOTICE
Be aware of your body and what it is telling you. When eating, be aware of what you put into your body. Is it going to help or hurt you? Many of us suffer from intolerances or allergies but are too muddled or distracted to notice how the foods we eat are truly affecting our bodies.
6. APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE
Where does your food come from? Try out local markets, farms, or even a CSA. Make a connection to where your food grows and those who supply you with it.
1 Day Sample Yoga Eating Plan
- Lemon Herbal Water & grapefruit (have this first thing upon waking to enhance metabolism)
- Matcha Avocado Smoothie (sip on your way to practice for a calming, light meal)
- Earth Bowl (experiment with lunch as the largest meal to promote better energy and digestion)
- Berries & Figs with sprouted buckwheat granola & nut milk (dinner should be light in order to prep the body for deep sleep)
- Sip mineral water or unsweetened herbal teas throughout the day.