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Creating a healthy diet

In this day and age, where our pace is never fast enough, it is easy to turn to fast foods, simply because they are easy and tasty, producing an instant reward for the tired mind. Many fast food restaurants now offer what they claim to be healthier choices, however, these items are often loaded with sugar and fat.
A yogic lifestyle and proper eating habits go absolutely hand-in-hand, and the foods you eat should create balance and harmony in your system.
Every person is different and to find your own balance and harmony, I encourage you to monitor the foods you eat to determine what works for you and what does not. Here are a few guidelines you may wish to follow:
  • You should not feel sluggish/tired after a meal. If you do, change your foods until meals do not make you tired.
  • There should be no pain, bloating, or gas production after eating.
  • Your bowel movement should be easy and effortless.
  • Eat clean, organic foods from local farmers.
  • Avoid all pesticides, artificial fertilizers and chemicals of any kind.
  • Avoid sweets, coffee, and alcohol – they can make you agitated, irritable, anxious and/or can make you feel heavy, dull, dark, or lethargic.
  • Reduce meat and animal products consumption to a minimum. Cow's milk is very difficult to digest for many unless it is organic and unprocessed.
That being said, there are certain body types that need a little animal product to feel balanced. Test your diet through the intuition that develops from the practice of yoga, and not what anyone believes is a yogic diet.
Eating right involves the process of eating as much as the foods that are consumed. Eat when calm and relaxed, not when stressed or in a hurry. Chew your foods well and eat as slowly as possible, finding gratitude and joy while savouring every bite. Eat in a calm atmosphere in silence or with slow soft music to aid digestion. Loud, upbeat music, tension, and hurry, all lead to a sympathetic nervous response, shutting down the digestive organs.
In short, test different foods to find what is best for you and trust your instincts. Eat fresh, organic and avoid refined foods. Eat slowly and peacefully, enjoying whatever is presented on your plate!
For those interested in learning more about this topic, I recommend Natasha Turner’s book “The Hormone Diet”. A fantastic approach, for both men and women, to help you discover what works for you and what does not. You can watch an interview with Dr. Turner on the Marilyn Denis Show by clicking the link.
If you are interested in changing your eating habits or living a healthier lifestyle, you can discuss your goals with our life coach, Suzanne Laidlaw, who can support you in your journey. Also, our Tuesday night and Thursday night yoga classes are tailored for beginners who wish to experience yoga as a weight loss method or simply to enhance their overall health and wellbeing.

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