If you’re expecting a blog filled with vegan recipes than stop reading now. Those who know me personally, feel free to laugh at the idea that I would have a recipe, let alone be found cooking in the kitchen.
This is about diet as a way of life- from Latin, diaeta means prescribed way of life or from Greek, diaita means way of life, regimen. Now of course any of these definitions can be related to food, but as someone who has fluctuated in and out of eating disorder habits, when I learned these definitions I was amazed that food didn’t cross my mind. And so began my prescription for healing:
Rx Cleanses, take as needed: I knew I to stay clear of cleanses but that didn’t happen as easily as I thought because at one point I got lost in the “yogi body” and attempted two cleanses. The first of which was a whole fruit cleanse, meant to detoxify the body from artificial sugars. It was scheduled for a week and I lasted 2 days, as very quickly I was tracking every fruit I ate and stared at the mirror hoping for results. The second was a 3 day mung bean and rice regimen. I lasted 5 hours. I felt weak, very similar to flu symptoms and I swore off cleanses. Well, fast-forward a few years and I am face to face with the fruit cleanse, in a month long yoga program. Without hesitation I said no and was offered some powerful guidance, if not food then want needs to be cleaned? I choose social media, the all consuming keeping up with the Jones’s time waster. I ended the program not deleting social media, rather unfollowing the unhelpful and following the helpful for a minimal period of time. I take social media as needed and believe that all cleanses from food, media, whatever should be taken in the same light. If you’re feeling tired from eating chips, then take a week off. Does it mean you have to rid your body of a favorite food forever? No, as perhaps during the week off you realize the choices you have in connecting how to feel with what you eat. If you’re realizing that every night you watch television, does it mean you take a week off and then throw you television to the curb? No, as maybe you realize new hobbies and continue to watch your favorite show once a week.
Rx Yoga regimen, take everyday: A yoga practice is the most beautiful, heart breaking evolution. It’s personal and if done correctly changes over time. When my practice began it was 100% physical – the poses, heat, sweat. It was nerve raking and exciting, basically yoga and I were on our first date, over and over again. As the years passed yoga and I entered a relationship with flaws and challenges. I questioned, what are we? Where are we going? I talked to friends, teachers, and read books on how to improve our relationship. My practice became physical and emotional. So yoga and I moved in together to begin our current long-term relationship. Yoga comes with me on travels, work commutes, therapy sessions, chores, vacations, the grocery store, as I sit here and type. You see if yoga had remained physical, I would have never acknowledged that I had unhealthy eating habits. I would have been trapped in cleanses and focused on flattering versus comfort in poses or clothing. This acknowledgement brought me emotional support. I learned to cherish my breath, my body exactly as it is today. If yoga remained only a physical and emotional process, it would have become internally stuck and I would have never considered teaching yoga at treatment programs or elementary schools. The relationship is internal and external, mindfully choosing actions and words that serve the purpose to be the kind woman I know myself to be. And when I’m not – which happens, than what is the purpose?
My yoga diet serves breath and body with regimens that support honoring purpose as a way of life. And I proudly state that while eating Nutella straight out of the jar.