Love, Life, and Mindful Eating

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I’m one of those people that if you put me on a diet I’m bound to gain weight. I tried the low carb diet once and simply blew up. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why until I started doing yoga. Trying to control what I ate all the time made me just eat more. I love food too much to spend even a moment eating food that isn’t simply divine. Life’s too short for low fat butter spreads, low fat sour cream, and skim milk.

That doesn’t mean avoiding healthful foods. Fruits and vegetables make up the majority of my plates alongside local butter, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, and of course, high quality chocolate. But the most important aspect of any diet is the way you eat. Every meal is a gift for which you’re thankful. Imagine you’re eating your rolled oats with fresh fruit as you stare out into Mediterranean Sea with crystal blue waters as far as the eye can see.

When you’re upset, sad, or just not all there, consider taking a few moments to meditate before you eat. This is especially helpful if you’re about to indulge in a special meal out or holiday meals, which tend to be marked by over eating. While all meals are divine, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re over doing it. In the Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh was sharing an orange with a friend and he commented when his friend took another segment before finishing the one he had. And this is always true of mindful eating. Enjoy every aspect of every bite before you head for the next bite. Imagine you’re absorbing the glory of your favorite yoga pose.

Choosing foods with prana or life force is also important. Canned, overly processed, and flesh foods don’t tend to have the same life leftover as plant-based foods. Eating foods with prana is important for supplying the body with energy. Prepare meals with the same mindfulness that you have when eating them. I cook at least three meals per week and then eat each of them for a few meals like my Meaty Mushroom Paella or my Kitchari. But each meal is eaten at the table with no distractions like television or radio. It’s about making it at least partially a production and then indulging in the gift of a delicious meal. Love, Life, and Mindful Eating.

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Sara Kovak
Welcome to Serene Kitchen, your destination for tasty meatless eats and mindful living. My name is Sara Novak and I'm a health and wellness expert for Discovery Health and TreeHugger.