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The Roots of Hunger
On January 30, 2013 in
In yoga we learn that there is no such thing as perfect pose. We are constantly evolving. True perfection is an experience of being in the moment with a pose as it continues to evolve. It is a feeling – not a goal. Just as there is no perfect pose in yoga, consider that there is no perfect way to eat in our daily life.
Perfecting our food to better ourselves is like bringing the car in for a shiny paint job when we ought to be looking under the hood. If we truly want to be healthier and improve our diets – we need to go deeper. We need to connect with why we eat the way we eat so we can better understand our eating choices and identify our eating patterns.
I have noticed a direct correlation between how I feel and how I eat. When I am sad the reliable combo of almond butter, bananas and honey is so appealing and so comforting. During periods of feeling dull or uninspired, meals become my main focus with lots of colors and flavors in a subconscious attempt to enrich and enliven my life. When I am stressed I stand by the kitchen counter and anxiously nibble on a snack or a quick meal. However I have noticed that when I feel good, I tend to naturally choose healthier, simple foods and eat them in a far more peaceful manner which nourishes and satisfies me on every level.
Could how we eat be a reflection of how we see ourselves and the world around us? If we truly, deeply loved ourselves, wouldn’t it make sense that we would only give our bodies nourishing whole foods? If we acknowledged, accepted and loved every bit of ourselves we wouldn’t dream of just grabbing a coffee and nothing else on the way to work, or be ok with just eating chips for lunch and we wouldn’t be skipping meals in attempt to lose weight.
We need to try and trust that our bodies are incredibly wise. If you have been caught in the trap of using food to perfect yourself go deeper and connect with the root of the hunger. Work on bringing more love, peace and nourishment inside. I believe we don’t need to spend exhausting amounts of energy and brain power striving for perfection. Instead, we will see that we already embody perfection and from there we can naturally choose foods and develop eating habits that nourish who we are.
By Susanne Mueller
Susanne lives in Vancouver, Canada where she teaches yoga, develops corporate wellness programs, leads nutrition workshops and works with clients towards better health. Susanne’s approach to Yoga and Holistic Nutrition is to connect people back to their natural selves. When we bring awareness and listen to that piece of who we are, we naturally eat, live and act in ways that support ourselves and each other. Read more about Susanne at
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8 Ways to Be Strong and Healthy Like a Tree
Trees are symbols of long life and strength. One of the oldest forms of life on the planet, they are not only well-grounded but flexible. Without trees, we could not live. Modern medicine tends to separate the mind and body, but trees with their roots firmly planted in the ground and their branches reaching up to the sky, remind us of how connected we can be to both. These eight lessons, are things we can learn from trees, and beneficial ways, we as humans, can embody their strength, power, and health. 1. Nourish Your Roots
Simple Beetroot Hummus
It is so simple to pick up a jar of hummus from a store. But it is almost as simple to prepare hummus yourself and know exactly what has been added. You can do everything from scratch, including soaking and boiling the chickpeas, but I usually don’t feel this is necessary. The chickpeas from a jar, especially if I choose an organic brand, do it for me, but in case you do have extra time you can soak the chickpeas overnight and then boil until tender. It makes sense for me to cook your own chickpeas if you need a lot of them, so I sometimes do this for bigger parties, but if I am just hungry for a quick beet hummus I prefer having it in 5 minutes instead of the next day! However, I do prefer to roast the beetroots at home. I do this quite often anyway, so I usually have leftovers for hummus too.
Focus on Strong Foundations: Revisit the Basics for Your Best Yoga Practice
Are you seeking to find your best yoga practice? Often, the most powerful way to manifest transformation in your life and your yoga practice is to stop wherever you are and assess the strength of your foundation. Just like you can’t build a home that will last for generations on unstable soil, you can’t build a sustainable yoga practice by focusing only on how it looks or feels on the surface. This week hit the pause button and dig deeper to ensure your foundation is solid. If you’ve been rolling out your yoga mat for a while, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of just focusing on learning new skills or taking every asana into its most advanced variation. Practicing this way isn’t necessarily the path of becoming an advanced yogi. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, cultivating an enduring yoga practice was compared to being a gardener or a farmer. Planting seeds and tending the soil on a consistent basis is key for successful growth. A healthy lifelong yoga practice at times isn’t apparent from looking solely on the surface. The strength stems from the roots, beneath the soil.
Sugar Free Vanilla Custard Fruit Tart
When I first met my husband, he showed up to a BBQ with a gorgeous gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free fruit tart just for me. “Nice move, dude,” was my first thought. Followed immediately with “where did you pick that beauty up from?” To my surprise he had actually made it himself! Now I know better than to question his baking skills, as he was raised by the queen of baking. Every year on Thanksgiving, he participates in a pie baking contest between him and his two younger brothers. They each have their special pies – apple, pecan and pumpkin. Yes, all three boys are impressive bakers and quite the catch. Recently I put Adam’s pastry skills to good use and asked him to make a fruit tart for my sister’s baby shower. True to form, Adam went back to his roots and made a gorgeous fruit tart. When I saw this work of art I just knew we had to share it with our 80:20 community. It is truly to die for!!
6 Tips: How To Stop Craving Junk Food
Junk food is one of the greatest dangers for modern humans, but not everyone understands why, or how to stop eating it! For some, it’s easy to give up fast food, sweets, and pastries, but for many, overcoming this indulgence for a healthy diet is very difficult. Healthy eating must become not just a habit, but an integral part of a lifestyle for everyone who wants to live a long and healthy life. Why Is Excessive Junk Food Dangerous? Excessive passion for processed food and snacks is a top reason for obesity and high disease rates in different countries all over the world. Americans are the undisputed leaders in this category however. They spend more $60 billion annually on snack foods, many of it processed food high in sugar. Unprocessed foods are created by nature, that’s why human body easily digests them. The taste and consistency of natural food is supposed to easily satiate hunger. In contrast, junk food and other processed foods contain a big amount of salt, sugar, and flavor enhancers, that are very addictive and leave us wanting more. The addiction and craving of junk food isn’t only about your body; it also affects your brain. According to the latest research, abuse of unhealthy food causes addiction and affects the striatum, one of the nuclei of the human forebrain that coordinates multiple aspects of cognition, in particular motivation, making decisions, and reward perception.
Full Up: Eat and Schedule to 80% Full
I can almost still taste last weekend. Tacos, tequila, BBQ, sausages, mimosas, ceviché, beer, benedicts, ice cream…Two of my best girlfriends and I spent the weekend eating around Austin, TX. Sure, we caught a little bit of live music, did some window shopping, and took a walk around Lady Bird Lake — but mostly we just ate and drank, and ate some more. This week I decided it was time for a cleanse. Yep, time to clean out the ol’ intestines with a reset elimination diet. For the past 7 days I’ve ousted wheat, meat, booze, dairy, sugar, caffeine, most grains, legumes and nightshades. Side-effects of this elimination experiment have been a heightened sensitivity to flavor – good morning, tastebuds! – and an awareness of my tendency to comfort eat. It’s now clear to me that most of the time I put food in my mouth it’s for a reason other than true hunger. Maybe I’m bored, lonely, or feel that I need a reward or entertainment. And stopping at 80% full as recommended? Rarely.
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