Does this word make you cringe and squirm? Or perhaps you think, that is something I should do. As someone who has read a ton of books on diet and nutrition, I am particularly enjoying Charles Eisenstin’s The Yoga of Eating. It is like no other diet book I have ever read.
Charles writes, “There are hundreds of diets out there, each with its own compelling logic….
The problem is, most of these systems are mutually contradictory….
Fortunately, this simple tool of fully enjoying each bite of food has the power to resolve any questions about food choices and diet. The only reliable authority, in the end, is your own body.
The body is wise, but in order to access this wisdom you need to communicate with it. First, by paying attention to your food as you eat it, you let your body know what it is getting. The second aspect of communication with the body is listening for its response to the food you give it….
Often, the information we get from our bodies contradicts received beliefs about what is and isn’t healthy, virtuous or right. Then our trust is put to the test. But the body is wise, and the rewards for trusting it great.
When you listen to your body, it will guide you towards the diet that is right for you. This may conform closely to one of the common dietary philosophies, or it may not. When you notice such a pattern, books on diet can be a useful map to explore new food choices. You can also try one out for a while and see how it feels. Let’s be realistic: if you have mistrusted or ignored your body’s messages for decades, you cannot expect instant sensitivity to its needs. Sensitivity and trust must be built patiently. In the beginning to practice the yoga of eating, you will probably experiencing dramatic revelations about food and nurturance, but you will be confused sometimes too. Information on nutrition, based on one or another dietary philosophy, can be useful when you have no clear messages from your body.
Whatever you do, please don’t be dogmatic. Often, people for wonderful on a special diet for time, but then their needs change….
It is a good habit to question dietary rules, even those you devise yourself in a moment of clarity. Needs and tastes change. There are conditions under which the most noxious substances might be beneficial. Pure white sugar, for instance, was used in small quantities in ancient Japan and India as medicine. Once in a while, attentively taste something you long ago decided was bad for you. This practice keeps the person honest and forestalls the slide into dietary dogmatism.”
The reason why I love what Charles Eisenstein states above is that it summarizes my own personal conclusions after nearly four decades of dieting. I have gratefully traded in all the books and rules for listening to what my body needs and wants and now know that it will change! All the best!