The Yoga of eating (mindful eating)

Quiet, he is not eat upside down; It is something much simpler. Yoga teaches us to live here and now, to live with Mindfulness (mindfulness) every moment of our lives. What I mean when I speak of the "yoga of eating" is precisely that: to eat by putting all our attention and our senses in the Act of feeding us. Writes Noelia Insa Satorre.

Yoga eating

How many times have you found eating because you are bored, sad or anxious? This is called "emotional eating" o emotional eating, and it has very little to do with a need for authentic nurture or nourish us.

Also, can that more than once you've eaten until you feel you too swollen / to then you've felt guilty. Either you've found yourself gobbling a hamburger or a bag of potato chips at the computer without leaving work. All of these are examples of an eat unconscious, which do not produce any pleasure, and which can be harmful to our health if they become a habit.

The problem which underlies all these behaviors is that we've lost the connection with our body. Our thoughts, occupied in the multiple distractions of modern life, very little deal signals that sends the body. Amid the noisy vortex of contemporary life, we can hardly hear our inner voice. The yoga of eating is to recover this connection, be attentive to interpret correctly the nutritional needs of our body. If we pay proper attention, we will soon learn to distinguish hunger impulses to eat due to emotions. We will learn to recognize foods that really need our body.

How is the Yoga of eating practice?

Before you start to eat:

  1. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or if you have to RAID the fridge by boredom, a loving disappointment, anxiety, etc.
  2. If you've decided to eat, ask yourself what you feel like really, what asked you the body. At the beginning it is possible that you require extra effort to opt for foods of plant origin and season. With practice, this effort will be unnecessary because it will be this kind of food that you want more. You'll notice as "magically", they stop you crave chocolate cookies and potato chips! It can happen to me and, one day, at the end of a yoga session, you're strongly desiring an avocado or a smoothie.
  3. Once you've chosen your meal, take a moment to prepare it with love and care. Although it is a salad of bag, don't forget to season it with delicacy.
  4. Drink a glass of water to prepare the palate to taste food. This will also help you to not confuse hunger with thirst, which are signals that the brain is often indistinguishable.
  5. Observe the plate: a look at colors, sizes, etc. of the food.
  6. Now the food: close your eyes and dedicated a few seconds to perceive odors coming from your plate, with all its nuances.

During the Act of eating...

  1. Get all the senses involved in the Act of eating: note smells, colors, textures, etc., not only the taste of the food.
  2. Serve small portions; eating a smaller meal can help you avoid overeating.
  3. Savor small mouthfuls and chew, chew, chew. Depending on what you are eating you chewing around 20 to 30 times, allowing you to reduce the speed of the intake, and improve digestion. You also give the brain time to perceive the feeling of satiety.
  4. You may want even a small meditation practice: ask yourself how much sun fit into each of the snacks that you will get when your mouth. For example, I usually do with my toasted cereals with olive oil and seeds of all kinds that I take for breakfast. Chew them while I think of the Sun who have taken the cereal, and the olive oil, and in all the wonderful energy that I will provide.

After eating...

  1. Remain a few seconds in silent recap what you've eaten and enjoying the pleasant feeling of satisfaction.
  2. Don't forget to practise gratitude: thanks to nature that offers you so much food full of properties.

What benefits does eat consciously?

  1. More healthy eating: without effort, you'll find yourself opting for healthy food.
  2. You will achieve your ideal weight and maintain it without diets. Do not believe me? Get the test.
  3. You'll increase your well-being and happiness: every meal can become a celebration.

Noelia Insa Satorre practicing yoga for 20 years. He has studied with some of the best teachers in the world: Jon Isaacs, my teacher. Katrin Kutner, Sonya Genel, Sean Feit, Jean Mazzei, David Nelson, Marisa Torriggino, Michelle Myhre, Darren Main, Pete Guinosso, John Friend and Desi Springer...
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* Credits: Mindful eating, mindful life, Thich Nhat Hanh

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By • 12 jan, 2015 • section: Nutrition, Bless you