It is so busy everywhere and everybody is excited about the holidays. The spirit is in the air, and as long as you’re getting proper nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohyrates, exercise, and sleep, your immune system will stay strong and healthy and you’ll be able to travel, see people you love, cook, buy things, laugh, enjoy, and regenerate yourself over and over again. One of the secrets to your well-being and strength is to slow down. The people on the east coast are eager, too fast, and impatient. This isn’t good for you and when you finally slow down, and do yoga, your stress level will be unmanaged, and it will take longer to adjust properly to the beauty and comfort of your practice. Slowing down, especially when eating, allows you to enjoy your food, digest it properly, have less health problems, and this lets you be aware of the shapes, sizes and colors of food you’re ingesting.
Conscious eating is still in the minority of most of us; however, the benefits can help you avoid health consequences for the rest of your life. Also, obesity can start to disappear with the first step of eating slowly. Over 34 percent of adults today are obese, and food awareness, consideraton, and relaxation can make a huge difference in your hunger level as to how fast and how much you eat. Sit with your abs relaxed and your legs loose when you eat. Make sure your posture in your chair, at the table, is tall and long. Start eating when you’re relaxed and not before. Stay tuned to your body and its degree of fullness and satisfaction throughout your meal, and ultimately, you will eat more slowly. Eating slowly will become more natural over time.
Eating slowly can reduce the fatty intake you consume. Perhaps have some soft music and small, beautiful, plates to eat your meal in. This allows you to enjoy your food more, and to have appropriate portions. Don’t eat too early or too late and never put too much on your plate. Try serving food in the kitchen this holiday, as opposed to another room, and this can discourage automatic second and third helpings. Do not have the tv on when you’re eating as you will forget to be mindful of what goes in your mouth; mealtime is not for television, and when you think about it, it’s really rude and distracting.
The food class in the suburbs of Philadelphia continued. Our ability to taste flavors diminishes when eating too fast, and after the fourth bite. This happens to speed-eaters quickly, as they keep chasing the flavor, which is impossible. Therefore, the next time you want to chow down too quickly because it tastes so delicious, tune in to the the flavor on your tongue while it is still there. Feel the pleasure and this will help to slow your eating patterns down. Slowing down will clue you into knowing the foods that you’ve been eating that you do not really like. Watch foods that are too greasy, too salty, or have too much sugar as they will make your mouth feel unpleasant. At the end of the food class in Philadelphia, the bottom line to the yogic minded was to slow down, and to be aware of all feedback and signals from your body.