It’s the holiday season and free food will be abundant. New and old friends and family members will feed us. Before taking a bite we may want to look at why we gravitate to certain foods. Gravitating towards sweets, as in my case, suggests other reasons besides a sweet tooth. Better yet, along with eating the sweets, I found other ways to satisfy this urge.
Dr. Deanna Minich, a nutritionist, recommends an activity you enjoy and can indulge in for just 30 minutes per day to better sate the real reason for the cravings for sweet foods. The real reason, says Dr. Minich, is to experience the joy, the sweetness of life. Apparently, no one recommends over indulgence in sweets. So it seems best to look at other ways to experience joy. Let’s look at the joy of food, yoga and dance.
Friends, Food and Joy
Visiting old friends is the activity I chose for feeding the emotions with the joy of food. The invitation was for a “holiday Open House” at Morning Mist Retreats in Round Rock. A place offering meditation and a variety of workshops. The invitation was to celebrate the completion of the Japanese tea House. And, so we did with the use of sage, drumming, singing and even some dancing.
My joy-filled contributions to the group included the Laughter Yoga victory chant -“Very Good, Very Good! Yeah! I also go to demonstrate “punta” the national dance from Honduras. You need sturdy thighs and legs to dance this flat-footed-butt shaking dance for more than 1 minute.
The visit with old and new friends included feeding my emotions with actual food. Yummy brownies, egg, scones, pudding, pies, crackers and fruit flavored cheese. The variety of sweets partnered with proteins such as deviled eggs, mixed nuts definitely fed the sweet tooth.
Friends, Yoga and Joy
Yoga at Sanctuary Yoga is one of the activities I chose as part of feeding the emotion with the joy of yoga. The 8 a.m. Hatha class with new friend Leena Ladd offered many opportunities. All instructors are friends. My intention was to feel the joy in whatever arose in class. And, I did!
I found myself feeding on the stretch of the Seated Forward Bend; and, feeding on the restfulness of the Child Pose ; and, feeding on the funny attempts at Tree Pose. Any pose that brought attention to the feet, only reminds me of the healings offered to my beloved ankles and feet.
My favorite activity was feeding on the calming effect of the six counts on the inhale and six count on the exhale as suggested by Leena. And, especially the time spent on Alternate Nostril Breath. Breathing is one of the easiest things to do and most of us may not even do that to our benefit.
To top things off, I took Restorative Yoga classes, the “dessert of yoga.” Yummy!