“What foods will give me more energy?” This is a question clients and students ask me every week. When I hear the question, the first thought that comes to my mind is…. What foods are you eating or what activities are you doing in your life that deplete your energy? Students crave the magic food/pill instead of looking at the deeper more, underlying issues. But in the long run, real results require real change.
This reminds me of the lesson many great spiritual teachers have helped me remember. They remind me that compassion, love and spirit are already with in me. Our intention in yoga (or your spiritual practice) is to unlock what blocks us from reconnecting with that which is already inside.
Energy is the same- we all have an abundant amount of energy. It’s just locked up. It’s locked up in our to do lists, the “shoulds” and responsibilities. It’s also locked up in the caffeine, the sugar, the processed food, the over eating, the eating in social situations when we are not hungry, etc.
Did you know that eating in a rush can actually shut down the digestive system? If our digestive system is shut down we might end up with low energy, constipation or even more serious health concerns. Non-organic vegetables are tainted with pesticides and herbicides and have lower nutritional value, which in return gives us less energy. Chips, soda and sweets might give us a momentary lift, but what is the long lasting effect? Solid, sustained energy? Not really. The next time you eat junk food, notice how you feel an hour later.
This month I want to encourage you to look at the foods and activities in your lives that drag you down. I want to recommend a mini-cleanse – one day where you get rid of the excess. One day where you abstain from the foods that give you the jolt of energy and then the crash. Instead ask yourself, how do I really want food to support my energy? What new daily habits can I create that will support me in the long term? Cleansing is a time for reflection.
And you know what’s great, it couldn’t be better timing. It’s spring, the best time of year to detox.
So here’s my thought, set aside some time in the next couple of weeks, perhaps a day or two, preferably a weekend or days where you have little to do, and detox. Cut down or cut out the caffeine, cut out the sugar, let go of the packaged foods. Instead, eat whole foods; go organic if you don’t already eat organic. Try a juice fast. Do some nice things for yourself: schedule a massage, go to bed earlier, try a gentle or restorative yoga class. Make sure you are sitting down when you eat.
At first you might experience what we call the detox headache or you might think, “Darshana, I’m not getting more energy, I’m actually more tired.” If that’s your experience you are actually on the right track. Believe me, keep going. If you can get through those first couple days you will be on the road towards reconnecting with your core energy.
Below you will find a refreshing salad and a tasty creamy guilt free dressing to get your detox program going. And if you know you want more support check out my upcoming workshops and contact information below. I am here to serve you and your food freedom!
In health and service~
DETOX SALAD AND DRESSING RECIPES
Colorful Rainbow Salad
1 carrot, shredded
1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
1 small, ripe avocado or 1/2 large avocado
1 ear raw corn or frozen organic corn
1 or 2 celery stalks
1/2 cup of sprouted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of jicama, diced
Cut the corn from the cob. Cut the avocado, celery, and jicama into small pieces.
Add all ingredients into a salad bowl. Toss lightly.
Dress with your favorite dressing or try the Carrot Juice Dressing below.
Carrot Juice Dressing/Sauce
2 1/2 cups fresh carrot juice (depending on desired thickness)
1 medium avocado
3 to 4 stalks celery
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until fully blended.
Carrot Juice Dressing/Sauce (Indian spice version)
Carrot juice dressing/sauce
Up to 1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
Up to 1/2 tsp. cumin
Up to 1/2 tsp. curry powder
Blend spices into the carrot juice dressing/sauce, to taste.
Feel free to comment or ask questions in the comment section below.
Darshana Weill is a Food Freedom Mentor and Yoga Teacher. She is the founder of the Food Freedom Programs, where women learn to feed their bodies and nourish their souls.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS DARSHANA AT THE YOGA TREE
HEALTHY MOMS, HEALTHY FAMILIES
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Yoga Tree Corte Madera
Treat PMS Naturally through Yoga and Mindful Eating
June 29, 2013
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OTHER WORKSHOPS WITH DARSHANA AT YOGA TREE
The Yoga of Food: How is life feeding you? Nutrition 101, Sugar can be Medicine, Yoga and Food For Emotional Eating. 21 Days to Food Freedom
A cleanse for women ready to kick their crazy cravings to the curb.
To find out more about Darshana’s FOOD FREEDOM Programs check out www.darshanaweill.com or www.findfoodfreedom.com
To contact Darshana directly call 415 637 7222 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