Eat the yogic way
We are all creatures of habit. We take the same route to work each day, go to the same café every weekend, eat the same thing for breakfast every morning, binge-watch a show whenever we find the time or even make time just for it. The issue with this is that we often end up acting without awareness, almost like a robot programmed to do tasks without any interjection of its own. Putting your mind on autopilot is contrary to one of the most basic teachings of yoga, which is to live a life tapping into the conscious awareness of the present moment. The core essence of yoga is mindfulness. It is well-known that the emphasis that yoga
places on mindfulness can be used to encourage healthy eating behaviours. The first step towards changing your eating habits is to bring awareness to what, when and why you eat. Mindful eating is also known as intuitive eating; it’s a concept that encourages being present in the moment while eating. It focuses on paying attention to the taste, smell and texture of your food and observing any thoughts and feelings you experience while eating. It has shown to promote healthy eating habits that help control blood sugar, weight loss and treat eating disorders.
CHANGE THE PATTERN
In order to change your eating habits and adopt healthy ones, you need to understand the unconscious influences or behaviours you have towards food. According to the yogic notion of samskaras, patterns are reinforced by repetition. Some of the strongest samskaras are formed around food. Since you eat several times a day, you have countless opportunities to deepen the patterns that determine what, when and how much you eat. Therefore, to get rid of bad eating habits you will have to first - understand unhealthy patterns, second - break them, and third - reprogram your mind to accept and practice better/ healthier behaviours towards food. You can begin to consciously train yourself to see certain habits as good (like buying whole grain bread), and others as bad (like eating junk). By examining your samskaras or patterns, you can stop eating out of habit and
Vrikshasana is a yoga pose that on concentrates building mental focus and body balance. The asana helps one build better concentration to equipping one set healthier goals and targets.
start eating in a much more mindful manner.
MAKE IT CONSISTENT
Practicing yoga regularly and consistently is the key. Once yoga becomes a part of your lifestyle, the body begins to change at a deeper level. Practicing asanas and specific breathing exercises help bring balance to your body and mind while also improving the functioning of the digestive organs and stabilizing the functioning of the endocrine system glands. Due to this, the toxins accumulated in the body over years will be gradually removed. In addition, yoga restores the nervous system and brings about a balanced state of mind. When you are calm and healthy, you tend not to cope with stress by stuffing yourself with unhealthy food. Observing mindfulness about food along with following certain yogic diet principles such as adding salads to each meal, focusing on a balanced diet and munching on lots of fruits and vegetables will enable you to have a healthy relationship with food.
Vajrasana is a very powerful pose which helps the entire digestive system, and can be practiced on a full stomach.