Mindful Eating & Hunger Pangs
Thursday, November 15, 2012
So after reading and watching some programs, I decided to really give the principles of Ayruveda a shot. One of the ideas presented was to eat with your hands, eat small portions of foods - whole organic foods locally grown and in align with your dosha needs, eat with no distractions, no speaking, just be mindful and chew chew chew each bite many times.
I knew I would feel fuller much quicker but I was actually surprised by how full I felt and how fast. It was really odd listening to my body, having it tell me how much to eat and when to stop.
Then I would feel hunger pangs but I know I just ate and my body said no more and I sat with the feeling and I realized that it is all emotional and emotional habit.
It was ...... amazing, cathartic, ... interesting to really see almost outside of myself that the hunger I was feeling wasn't hunger, it felt like hunger but it was muscle memory, it was emotional need, it was habit comfort. And denying to feed it, ... I am still processing and still learning, i am slowly adopting more principles, reading and trying them. Maybe we don't need X amount of calories a day. Maybe it is about herbs, oils, nutrition and feeding your body just enough, hydrating your body, and stretching, strengthening, and meditating, breathing...
I got a massive headache yesterday I think from not having sugar.
I have to remember to not go so strict so fast, and to ween myself off of this unhealthy lifestyle and into a lifestyle that is based on nutrition and the vibrant essence of life.