Why healthy eating is like yoga
What do yoga and healthy eating have in common?
Spoiler alert: It's the practice. I know a fair bit about yoga. I understand that it's about breathing, about the postures. I know that there are many different schools of yoga, different kinds of practice, from gentle Yin to hot Bikram to Vinyasa flow. But you know what is better than knowing all this? Getting on the mat. Yoga is a practice. It must be lived, breathed, done. It is not just a bunch of theories and ideals. Yoga is something that you do. And when you actually do it, you get the benefits. The calmer mind. The cooler breath. The more flexi and strong body. Welcome to my philosophy about food. I know lots about it. I've eaten almost every day of my life! And I've studied it relentlessly. I know all about many different patterns of eating. I have looked at which ones show the best health benefits, the most consistently. But like yoga, unless I (and you) put this knowledge into practice, we are never going to get the benefits. We're not going to improve our energy levels, sleep, and skin. We're not going to bring down the inflammation in our bodies, lose any weight, or support our hormone levels if all we do is *know* about nutrition, while what we *do* is eat endless bags of chips.
Unless we metaphorically get on the mat - or more literally - get into the kitchen - and do the work, ain't nothing going to change. And it isn't easy. Changing habits are hard. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth trying. '
This is why we call it a practice - it's not about being perfect, it's just about practicing.
So my challenge for you this week is to get into the kitchen and make one, small change. Maybe it is making a big salad that you can take to work for a few lunches (sign up for my newsletter for some inspiration from the Rock your Next Potluck freebie!). Maybe it is pre-chopping some veggies and getting some hummus for when you are hit by a snack attack. Maybe it is adding some produce to your breakfast.
Just pick one thing. And practice it. And if you want some support with this practice, stay tuned for the launch of Taste Success - my new online meal plan program. (Coming soon... I swear... my practice at the moment is realizing that technical things always take longer than you think they will...)
This 90 program is geared to not only give you all the tools you need to help you practice your healthy eating, it is also full of tips and info about how your body works, how your biology (and not your lack of willpower!) may be responsible for your cravings, and how your mind can also contribute - and most importantly, what you can do about it. Now get out there and get on your mat. And please let me know what change you make in the comments below!
I, for one, am going to make some Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Soup (adapted from the Taste Success recipe book!) - enough to eat tonight and also freeze some for another quick and easy dinner. And I'm going to practice drinking herbal tea after dinner instead of having something sweet. Boo yah to practicing.
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