Youthful Silliness  Food Rules

You’re 22 years old. You meet a guy (or girl). You enjoy your time together – doing daily activities and traveling together, all the while laughing. You have common interests but aren’t exact copies of each other. Whatever he’s into still seems interesting to you. You support each other and stick up for each other when the world gets crazy. Food Rules.

You think he’s kinda cute so you tell your friend about this new development in your life.  Because you always get your friend’s opinions, you show her a picture of him and she says….”(pause)…(longer pause)…..ohhh I’m sure he’s great (half-smile)….”

You know immediately that your friend isn’t attracted to your new person. It bums you out even though you know it shouldn’t matter what your friend thinks, especially after one 5 second glance.  Secretly, it does bother you.

Your view is now colored. Now when you hang out with new guy, you keep hesitating. Maybe I can find better? Same personality traits but looks more like a movie star? At this point, no matter what this new guy does, you’re lukewarm.

Meh, even.

How did someone who added to your quality of life just a week ago start being a drag?

Meh State of Life:  What It Means

I took you on this trip down immature memory lane for a reason. In Ayurvedic psychology, feeling “meh” is a sure sign that you’re thinking too much about something and avoiding the present.  Since you hesitate at every step, you can no longer appreciate what’s in front of you. In the relationship example, I don’t mean to tell you should be with new guy or girl forever. All I want to point out is that when your psychology changes, the way you assimilate someone into your life drastically changes.

It works this way with your body too.

The Simplest Way to Change Mehles Food Ru

The thoughts you have when you’re doing important activities – like eating or exercising – affect how your cells assimilate that activity. This is why when I wrote about eating, I had a whole section dedicated to appreciating what you eat. While any emotional talk of “appreciation” or “forgiveness” sounds like a “nice to have,” it’s actually the game changer. Your cells are powered by you so if you want something to be beneficial for you, you’ve got to think that way.

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No need for “success rice” or any other branded food if you simply appreciate the food you have.

This is why over the course of this year, I’ve adapted my food rules. The logical first step is to cut sugar, fried food, and processed food and add more vegetables. Ayurveda teaches us that eating food at the same time daily, especially lunch, is imperative.  Ayurveda also goes into details about foods per Vata, Pitta, and Kapha body type.

But above all, I think – no matter what you’re eating – whether it’s a Big Mac or a grilled veggies, you have to signal to your body to take the best of the food possible and dump what you don’t need.  The way I do this is simple.

Before I eat anything, I briefly look at my plate and silently say, “Thank you for nourishing me,” which I adapted from this.

I say this because I want the cells in my body to do the best possible job they can, not a random, half hazard job at digestion. Some people pray and ask a a higher power to bless their food before they eat. I take it as a given that my cells will do the right thing, and I thank them for it in advance!

The problem with demonizing less healthy food is both hypocrisy and guilt. While healthy food bloggers can cast the illusion that they eat well all day every day, it’s very hard to eat organic everything, especially while traveling. Everyone has to figure out a way to manage. Luckily, the world is getting better with offering clean foods.

If you constantly feel guilty about slipping into unhealthy eating, that guilt is such a heavy burden on your cellular makeup that even when you eat healthy foods, you might only half absorb them. Therefore, while you do what’s in your power to stay healthy, thank the food and the preparer of your food first.  I learned about the mind-body connection through my experience with anger but please do explore this concept yourself.

Next week, I’ll relate the above discussion to exercise. Contrary to popular belief, I think it’s important to stop exercising if you hate it and come back to it when you’re ready. In the mean time, I’ll explain simple stretches to do that take such short time that you can barely call it exercise.  In the following weeks, I’ll write more about exercise per body type.

With Warmth,

Tina