How to Eat Like a Yogi: My Personal Tips + a Worksheet to Get Started
Okkurrrrr here we go tribe, a post many of you have been asking for and buzzing about whether through a personal email to me or the private Facebook group.
So here it is –
How to Eat Like a Yogi
…from my personal experience, eating habits, and what brings my body, mind and soul happiness.
Let me be clear about something before we dive in – I am not a doctor, registered dietitian, health coach, or anything in-between. I am simply a person who enjoys practicing healthy habits through nourishing my body, mind and soul. If you have specific questions, please reach out to a licensed professional that can guide you + support you.
Got that? Good!
In today’s post, I’ll touch on the below topics to start this important (must-read) conversation.
- Why eating healthy is so damn important
- Why yoga starts + sustains this conversation
- My healthy eating habits
- Reframing the mindset
And don’t think I’d leave ya hanging, there’s also the *EPIC* worksheet to help inspire recipe making, meal planning, and your shopping! You need this baby – trust me!
Now for real this time, let’s dive in!
Health is S0 Damn Important
I don’t need to preach to ya here, the message is being blasted at us everywhere – social media, covers of magazines, television, blog posts, news articles, podcasts, advertisements, our partners/family members, plus any medical professional people we see.
So yeah – health is important, DUH.
But I’d like to travel deeper than the surface – aka the skin or physical body – and explore the reason why health is critical to our emotional + mental + spiritual body.
In my experience, the foods I consume directly affect my…
And when these parts of me are compromised, SHIT STARTS to GO CRAY. Like nothing gets done, my goals hardcore unravel, my relationships weaken, and my mission to “live the journey” loses steam.
It’s a recipe for disaster.
Before we keep diving in, take a moment and reflect on your current health habits. Are you strengthening or weakening your journey? Are you connecting the dots beneath the surface of the physical self? Can you recognize the relation between what we digest + how we feel, act and do?
….. keep thinking, keep diving, get clear here on what healthy eating means to you.
Now, release the deep thinking and imagine this.
Your day is filled with soulful purpose. You feel light. Your brain is energized. You ‘re excited by new ideas. You find inspiration frequently. Your efforts feel effortless. Your demeanor radiates outwards. Your vitality fuels movements, conversations, and actions.
You Feel Alive.
This visualization is possible through eating the right foods consistently and frequently.
This isn’t a new secret yogis, you know this! Below is what the “right foods” mean to me:
- fresh produce – fruits + veggies
- so much salad
- organic or locally sourced when possible
- limited amount of processed items
- items with few to one ingredients
- limited amount of animal products
- limited amount of alcohol
I’ll dive into exactly what I eat in healthy eating habits section, but you get the picture.
How Yoga Inspires the Conversation
Whether you’re new to the yoga practice or a long-time devoted practitioner, we all know and LOVE to feel the yoga high. The high where our body feels light and agile, our mind clear of anxiety and stress, and our soul connected and refreshed.
Yup, that’s the high.
But….. there’s definitely a but.
When we eat like shit, our yoga practice becomes tough, sometimes unbearably tough, and the yoga high is harder to feel. This usually leads to less mat time, less relaxation time, less you time.
And to be honest, our body feels heavy. Like who the hell wants to twist, bend or breathe when we’re full of terrible fuel?
It’s another recipe for disaster.
But, there’s another but.
Yoga is the conversation starter for our health and the reason to continue it for a lifetime to come.
We can continue this high vibration of feeling + existing through our foods. We hold the power to FEEL GOOD by simply making the right choice.
So yogis, I challenge you.
Make the right choice.
Fuel your body, fuel your mind, fuel your soul, and fuel your journey!
My Healthy Eating Habits
Below are different meal ideas + recipes to start inspiring your healthy eating journey.
My best advice here is to….
There’s no need to own fancy ass equipment, buy the best ingredients, or make the most complicated meal. It simply requires you + your efforts + healthy ideas. Once you get the hang of preparing meals, I guarantee the creativity & improvising will start to come out.
A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and voila – a badass meal is ready for you + your loved ones to enjoy!
Okay, now onto the good stuff.
- Eat often, eat consistently, eat with purpose – remember it’s about fuel.
- Plan out your meals before the week begins – all meals, including snacks.
- Food shop at the beginning of the week.
- Meal prep whatever you want/need to – meats, starches, smoothies, chopped veggies, etc.
- Stick to your meal planning!!!
- Always pack your lunch – even if you’re sitting in a meeting – just be the weirdo who rocks your Tupperware!
- Eat dinner leftovers for lunch.
- Give yourself some wiggle room to be flexible.
A typical of day of eating looks like this for me.
- 6 am wake up – banana before coffee
- 8 am breakfast – something heartier with protein
- 10 am snack – apple, cottage cheese + fruit, baby carrots
- 12 pm lunch – something from the below list
- 3 pm snack – some mix of the above or something salty like pretzel things
- 7 pm snack – hummus + carrots or pita before dinner
- 8 pm – dinner
- I don’t do dessert, but if I do, it’s usually more fruit like grapes.
Reframing Our Mindset
Okay babes, if you’re still with me – THANK YOU for investing so much time + energy into your health. Trust me, it’s more than worth it, it’s necessary to Live Our Journey.
The last topic to cover is how to re-frame our mindset and do the necessary work to live a healthy lifestyle. I’ve laid out the what, the why, the when and the how of eating healthy for my personal journey in hopes that it can and will inspire yours.
This is where YOU come into play. It’s now your turn to…
Do the Work.
Do the work daily + weekly, consistently, and over time – the results will come. I freaking promise.
Remember what’s important in the moment, allow yourself to make mistakes, switch your thinking to food is fuel, and then enjoy the process. The process is the best part – trying new recipes, creating a beautiful dish, sharing it with others, and fueling ourselves as it all unfolds.
Don’t forget, the worksheet is yours to get this whole eating like a yogi thing started.
Let’s Talk – How do you practice a healthy eating lifestyle? What are your biggest challenges in this area? How does food make you feel? Were you able to do the visualization and feel the shift? Do you have additional tips + tricks regarding health and food?
As always – please share your comments, suggestions, questions and general health love down below.
Until next time, xoxo.
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