Photo: Beth Rankin
Recently, I was looking at Dr. Weil’s Food Pyramid and it got me thinking about what a Yoga Food Pyramid would look like. I’ll have to admit, it looks much the same as his anti-inflammatory food pyramid and he included some fabulous ideas that I would have never thought of, though now I’ll be sure to include them in my routine.
What should you constantly be including in your daily ritual of meals and from what should you be detaching? The USDA has taken a new and innovative view of the food pyramid. Today, they say that one size does not fit all and this couldn’t be more true, especially considering the varying doshas and their impact on your diet. But these are ideas that are for the most part, good indicators of a healthy diet.
From a Serene Kitchen perspective, I put a lot of thought into nearly every item that makes my grocery list each week. Every item has a healthy purpose (unless my husband gets a hold of the list and then there’s no telling). Anywho, I thought it helpful to outline some of the foods that made the list and why, both from a yogic and a holistic perspective.
As a child, Reese’s cups were undoubtedly my favorite candy. I put them in the freezer and enjoyed them alongside a Dr. Pepper at the pool with my friends. This was long before I watched what I eat or worried about my figure. As a lanky kid who at times was trying to gain weight, the guilt factor surrounding food hadn’t yet surfaced. Each piece of candy wasn’t accompanied by the fear that I would eat another one. When you’re a kid food is just food, no strings attached.
Yoga has taught me that counting calories isn’t good for the shape of my body or mind, but rather takes me away from that place of balance where mindful eating, inner peace, and occasional indulgence bring the joys of life front and center. I’m one of those people that if you put me on a diet I’m bound to gain weight. 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.