The Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural Self
1. Eat to nurture yourself not punish yourself.
“The yogic approach to eating and diet is to bring oneself into wholeness, to illuminate and repair the self-division, to stop fighting oneself. Yoga, after all means “union.”
2. You absorb the energy of what you eat and how it came to be.
“When you eat something, you eat everything that happened to make that food come into existence. You are affirming a certain version of the world.”
3. Just eat.
“If you read while you eat, you are eating the words. – If you eat when angry, you are eating the anger. – if you eat absorbed by the scenery, you are eating the scenery. If you talk a lot while you eating, you are eating your conversation.”
4. Chew each bite before taking another bite.
“Shoveling more food into an already full mouth corresponds to taking a new breath before the old one is fully exhaled. Swallowing before food is fully tasted and chewed corresponds to exhaling before inhlation is complete. “
5. Eat what nurtures you.
“The central thesis of the Yoga of Eating is….that each person is the ultimate authority on his or her bodily requirements, and that the body will reveal its requirements given sufficient attention and trust.”