By Darshana Weill, Food Freedom Coach and Yoga Teacher
January. January is the month when new intensions are set. When we are inspired to take on new habits and practices. Or at least guilt moves us to want to make change. What ever may be motivating you I want to help support you to make some shifts right now around your health and relationship to food.
And since it is January lets take advantage of that universal momentum and inspiration and begin together….
A few years ago I went to Guatemala to attend Jai Uttal ‘s kirtan camp. While I was there I also took Spanish lessons. My Spanish teacher asked me what I did for work. I told her that I am a Food Freedom Coach, and lead retreats that include yoga, meditation and cooking classes for women who want to shift their relationship to food and their body.
She asked what kind of food I teach about in my cooking and health classes. I said healthy food. “Healthy food? What is that?” she said. “In my country I eat at home and make all my food from scratch. What do you do with food?”
I had to explain to her that in my country (America) many of us eat out, eat on the go, grab whatever we can, sometimes skip meals and sometimes eat comida enlatada (processed food). This was puzzling to her. She laughed and shook her head. I interrupted that as, “You Americans…. Food is simple and can be simple. It’s here to serve your body and help you grow, why make is so complicated.”
Now the truth is I have no idea what her laugh was about, but I was left with the question: Why is our relationship to food so complicated?
Well some reasons are obvious: the busy lives we lead, the amount of foods that are available to us and the lack of education.
It also reminded me of how we make things more complex then we need to. A few weeks ago I was in a session with a client and she was telling me about some food she had cooked the week before. Each recipe had at least 8-9 ingredients, the recipes were complex and involved a lot of food prep. Although the dishes sounded incredible there was no way she could that up with the life she leads. She has 2 kids, runs a business, is a singer and writer, is in a relationship and does have interest in her own self care.
My response to her- Keep it simple!
Get my picture? If the goal here is to stay healthy, not be a gourmet cook, we must make food something that can be easily integrated into our daily life.
What does that mean? It means going back to the basics.
It’s similar to going to a basic yoga class. Your yoga practice might be “more advanced” but isn’t there something refreshing about taking a level one? I know there is for me. It’s like taking your car in for a tune-up.
And think about it this way, winter is a time for integration, a time for settling into what we grew last spring and summer, and a time for introspection about what we want to spring forth in the coming year.
In order to do that we need to get quiet. Yoga and meditation help to quiet the mind but so does eating simple foods. I mean what do monks eat? THE BASICS.
Here is my suggestion:
Eat as simply as you can. Here is the formula I use when I go back to “the basics”.
- A whole grain
- A sweet vegetable
- A green vegetable
- A protein
When I use this formula it not only helps me come back to center but after a lot of indulging it’s also cleansing.
Below is my basic “come back to center, let my body chill” meal. There is nothing fancy about it. But after I eat it I feel grounded, focused, alert and ready to take on any of life’s challenges. I think it’s delicious. My body actually craves it.
It’s to your advantage to spend some time figuring out what foods (and recipes) support you to come back to center.
I suggest finding that meal that works for you. Use my formula as a guideline. Your whole grain may be different or sweet vegetable, etc… but once you find it eat simply for a day, a few days, a week, or even longer. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
This is the beginning of a path to know yourself through your relationship to food.
And if that whets your appetite come join me for one or both of the two classes coming up at Yoga Tree for additional support.
January 21, 2012- Yoga and Food for Emotional Eating and MY 10TH ANNIVERSARY: Cleanse and renew; A 3- week springtime cleanse on April 15, 22, 29, 2012
Details are below.
Here’s to your food freedom!
DARSHANA’S BACK TO BASICS MENU
Miso – Tahini Sauce
1 cup Brown Rice
2 cups water
A pinch of salt
Bring both rice and water to a boil in a medium size sauce pan. Once boiled lower to simmer. Add a pinch of salt and cover. Let cook for 40-50 minutes.
1 bunch of chopped collards, kale, swiss chard or any dark leafy greens you like
Place steaming basket in saucepan with water and bring water to boil. Once boiled, add greens. Cover pot and let steam for 5-7 minutes. Check for desired consistency- cook more if you like or remove from pot
1- cup kombocha squash chopped into 1 inch pieces (this is my favorite squash because you don’t have to peel it!)
In the same pot of water in which you made the greens, remove the steaming basket. Add the squash and bring to boil. You may have to add more water. Let cook about 6 minutes or until the squash is soft.
2 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons miso
water for desired consistency
Place all ingredients in a bowl or a jar and mix with a fork. You have to play around with the amount of water to find out how thick or thin you like the sauce. You can also add some lemon for a bit of a tangy flavor
Darshana Weill is a Food Freedom Coach and yoga teacher. She founded 9 Months to Food Freedom; A program where women gather to cultivate a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies. She works with individuals and groups. She also teaches a variety of health related workshops around the Bay Area, Santa Cruz and nationally.
WORKSHOPS DARSHANA TEACHES AT YOGA TREE
January 21, 2012-
Yoga and Food for Emotional Eating at Yoga Tree Hayes
April 15, 22, 29, 2012
Cleanse and renew; A 3- week springtime cleanse- Yoga Tree Valencia
The Yoga of Food: How is life feeding you? Nutrition 101, Sugar can be Medicine, Women’s Wellness: Treat PMS Naturally, To Be or Not To Be a Vegetarian and Love the Skin Your In! Transforming Body Image
To find out more about Darshana’s new program
LIBERATION FROM EMOTIONAL EATING
9 Months to Food Freedom.
Go to: http://www.darshanaweill.com/pages/9-months-to-food-freedom
To contact Darshana directly call 510-423-0603 or email her at email@example.com
Want more recipes? Check out Darshana’s 50 quick and easy recipes Ecookbook: http://darshanaweill.com/page/cookbook-1