Exploring a Healthy Diet - the Modern Perspective
In preparing my content for this program I was looking for resources and diet guidelines. Lucky for me the Australian Government has done a great job in making these resources available for all of us online. Here we can see a very clear guide to a healthy diet. We can see that a modern healthy diet has these main points:
My take away point from this guide is that we can eat as widely as we like BUT we have to be conscious about the amounts of each food group. We also need to learn about how much of each food group is appropriate per day. This is where we must explore servings and serving sizes.
I will leave that up to you all to investigate further. For now I want to move on to some of the yogic perspectives of eating and diet.
What does yoga have to say about eating?
Yoga provides us many guidelines to learn to live a more balanced life. In yoga we are taught that it is important not only what we eat, but also the environment we are in, how it is prepared and the manner in which we eat.
We need to be very conscious when we are eating and not be distracted. If we eat with a busy mind, with a heavy mind, with all sorts of noise and distractions, then our eating process is disrupted. It is best for us to eat in a calm and focused way. The environment should be peaceful, clear, and conducive to receiving the food we are giving to the body. This is a far cry from the busy restaurant scene, roadside food, and eating in front of the TV that we are all so accustomed to.
When we eat in an environment that is not conducive then we are picking up all of those extra disruptive energies. During our eating process we are opening up the body to receive our food. In that receptive state we are also receiving on the more subtle levels and we will take in what is around us. Now we can see what we should be very careful what environment we are eating in.
How our food is prepared is also important. We have already heard me mention that there are many subtle levels of experience to life. Beyond this physical level there is a subtle energy layer of existence. Our food has not only a physical component, but a subtle energy component as well. That subtle energy of the food is affected by the preparation of the food.
Of course we can all appreciate that food that is fresh and organic will naturally have a higher level of subtle energy. But then when we prepare the food, the one who is handling and preparing the food is having a subtle energy effect on it as well. That is why we need to be conscious of who is preparing our food, and if we do it ourselves that we are not in a bad mental and emotional space.
Finally the manner in which we eat matters. If we eat in a rushed way, in an unconscious way, then we miss the full benefit of the food. That is why eating mindfully and consciously - really experiencing the food and accepting it into our system can be very powerful. I have seen many people resolve stomach and digestive issues simply by learning to eat in a different atmosphere and attitude.
Eating affects our energy.
I am constantly sharing about the different layers of being and encouraging us to move into an energy perspective of life. Our food affects not only our physical body, but also deeper than that. The subtle energy of our food is brought into our subtle energy body. For this reason what we eat can contribute to us being more conscious or more unconscious and heavy.
We can certainly try to eat in a more conscious and balanced way. This will contribute to us being able to experience energy awareness. When we begin to live our life in this way living becomes a phenomenal experience. We feel brighter, we experience more, and we contribute more to the world around us.
All of this we can create within ourselves simply by paying attention to what we eat and trying to eat in a balanced way. What do you want to experience in life? Start eating your way towards that experience!
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