I have mentioned it before...I love Esther Ekhart from EkhartYoga. She is beautiful both inside and out and I have been following her for years. I happened across a post of hers and wanted to share it with you. It's about eating mindfully and this is something we all struggle with.
"According to the science of Ayurveda it is Agni - our digestive fire - which helps us to do this. When our agni is weak the food is not broken down and leaves toxins in our body - these toxins are known as Ama in Ayurveda. When our agni is strong and healthy we can easily break down our food, burn the waste and assimilate the good elements and nutrients we need into our bodies. The result of healthy digestion (these elements and nutrients) make up what’s known as Ojas.
Here are a few ideas to try:
These tips help fire up our agni and produce ojas by looking at the way we eat.
Get grounded - Before eating take time to feel grounded and ready to receive the food. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system, so you're not emotionally distracted. You can do this by taking a few deep breaths, keeping your out-breath the same length, or longer, as your in-breath. Or just having a few moments of silence, doing nothing else, before you eat.
Notice prana in your food - Consider the energy in your food and how you are taking this into your body. When you make this a habit you might also find you naturally want to make changes to your diet moving towards more whole foods and away from over processed meals. Note: For me, it means staying away from animal meat.
Pause and experience gratitude - Love the source of your food and be grateful to the people who prepared it, before the food becomes your body.
Chew slowly - Notice the taste and the structure of your food and how it changes when it mixes with the physiology of your body. This also helps with digestion, taking some of the work away from the stomach. It also helps with the next tip...
Don't over eat - Your body needs food and nutrients to stoke the agni, but overloading it can smother the digestive fire leading to bloating and producing more ama.
Relax after you eat - This goes back to point one - let your food go down and take rest for your body to do its work before you rush off on to the next chore.
These simple points all come down to basically being present and most of all taking the time through the whole process of preparing your food, eating it and then afterwards.
So let go of eating on the go, quickly in the car, in between chores. Especially if you are experiencing digestive issues. This might be just as important or more important than what you eat!!"
For the full article, click here - http://www.ekhartyoga.com/blog/eating-mindfully-tips-from-esther