What am I talking about? Walking into the house and before you know it you are standing in the kitchen with an empty container of ______ (fill in the blank).
Let me start by outing myself right away and say that I have endless stories of this scenario. It wasn’t until I learned to take my yoga off the mat and into the kitchen that I ended this kind of behavior.
But let’s back up a bit and I’ll explain how this relates to the focus of the month: Putting on the brakes before you eat. Why? For many reasons but one very good reason is to support digestion. (And I’m not sure just talking about your digestive track)
Now you might be thinking Darshana, this is simple. I know that slowing down, chewing my food, not eating mindlessly is going to support my digestion. What are you going to tell me that is new?
Just keep reading and you’ll find out!
Digestion is a huge topic but let’s break it down to the simple explanation of taking in and absorbing all sorts of nutrients.
When it comes to your actual diet a few key points are outlined above; slowing down, chewing your food, not eating mindlessly. In addition to support your digestion you want to follow some, if not all, of these steps as well.
• Sit down
• Eat in a relaxed environment
• Chew your food (50 times or more)
• Take breathes in between bites
• Support food combining
• Try not to over eat (good to eat some food, wait a bit and check your full meter)
These are all supportive ways to take in and absorb nutrient.
But there is much more to consider.
Above I used the scenario of coming home, walking in the door and before you know it you have eaten all the goodies in your freezer.
I believe this kind of behavior happens when people have not digested the days events, Interactions, feelings, energy level, the way you felt loved, held, supported, heard and more. Yet this kind of digestion is not intended only for the moments when you walk in the door, these are a set of questions to ask yourself anytime before you eat. I call this putting on the brakes before you eat. THIS SUPPORTS HEALTHY DIGESTION, maybe even more than the food you choose to eat.
Here’s how you do that…
It starts the same way.
Take a few breaths
Review where you just were.
Were you working, are you at work?
Transitioned to home? How? By car? Train? Bike?
Are you with the kids? Alone? With friends? Co-workers? THE BOSS?
Are you outside or inside?
What is the temperature outside? Hot or cold? How is this affecting how you feel in your body?
What were you just doing? Working on the computer? Playing outside? Gardening? Driving- for a long time? Yoga class?
Who were you with? Did you enjoy the interaction? Was it playful, a strategy meeting, an argument?
When was the last time you ate? What was that meal like? Did you enjoy the food? Eat slowly? In a rush?
This is what I call taking inventory. It’s a kind of check in. where you are digesting the moments of your life. Letting your feelings have space and tile to settle. Allowing the environment to inform you and the people or situation touch you. Allowing your sense body (hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching) to open and take in, digest what is around you. Taking inventory is ALL about digesting your life circumstances BEFORE you reach for actual food.
At the start of this months article I asked us to get real, so let’s do it, together. I invite you to put on the breaks before we eat and digest your day, both the outer circumstances and the inner experience.
I hope this article inspire you to expand your definition of digestion.
How do you think this is going to affect your digestion, both of life and your digestive track? I’d love to know. Feel free to comment in the space below.
In health and service
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Darshana Weill, Mindfulness Teacher and Counselor and Yoga Teacher has counseled over 1100 women worldwide. Her main aim is to support her students to learn to feed their souls and nourish their bodies through individual sessions, group work, tele-classes, webinars and home-study programs. A guest teacher at the 2011 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco you can also find Darshana teaching LIVE between Sonoma and Santa Cruz CA or via tele-classes and webinars.
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