My Top 12 Tips on Clean Eating and Gentle YogaAug 10, 2022
CLEAN EATING AND GENTLE YOGA
I know you’re probably wondering why practicing Gentle Yoga and incorporating Clean Eating into your daily life is important and how you could possibly squeeze them into your already packed schedule is possible
In case you're new to me or are just wondering who the heck I am, let me (re)introduce myself and where I'm coming from.
I'm Jen James of celestialyoga.org and a certified yoga and meditation teacher for over 18 years now and am a health and wellness coach too.
My specialty is to help empathetic women manage chronic pain and stress through a holistic approach with gentle yoga exercises, mindfulness and self-care techniques.
👉 I chose today's topic because just like you, I used to be so confused about why fitting yoga and clean eating in on a daily basis is important and how to squeeze them into my busy day was even possible.
I truly believe that when you make gentle yoga and clean eating a priority in your busy schedule, you are maximizing your self-love to the highest possible level by taking the time to nourish your mind, body, and soul. When we do this we become aware of what is truly important and how to move forward in a simple, holistic way.
👉Shortly, I’m going to go over why it's important to practice CLEAN EATING AND GENTLE YOGA and give you Actionable Tips You Can Use Right Away👈
When I first learned about yoga, over 20 years ago, I just thought it was about doing crazy yoga postures, being skinny and super flexible.
I definitely stood out of class when I was practicing.
I wasn’t very flexible.
I wasn’t skinny.
And I was terrified of looking like an ass in front of everyone in the class.
I had no idea of why I was even “doing” yoga never mind how to figure out a home practice.
Now, when it comes to clean eating, I want to share with you a little bit about me and why I view clean eating as a priority and believe we should all embrace.
I’ve grown up where eating has always been a sticky issue.
Maybe you can relate.
Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I saw how I looked and my weight as the ideal goals in life and where to focus my attention on.
I grew up looking up to model’s and actresses and was told that smoking cigarette's and doing drugs would keep my weight down.
My mom had no idea what clean eating was or any form of healthy eating so I learned how to eat on the go and devour fast food and sugary treats.
Knowing in the back of mind that when I get home I will then purge (so it doesn’t count ;)
Now, my mom had no idea I did drugs or was a compulsive eater that purged almost every time I ate.
I was sneaky and kept it very quiet.
The thing is my mom and I focused on low fat eating because in the 80’s and 90’s that’s what the experts told us to do.
So my mom and I loved sweet n low and added that to everything! We would also eat Snack Wells and Rice Cakes which were low fat snacks that were really popular. I’m sure you remember those wonderful cardboard treats!
I never realized that all the sugar, empty calories and fake foods were causing me to come back for more, acting like a drug while making me feel like I was on a roller coaster ride that I couldn’t get off, no matter how hard I tried.
To top it all off, I didn’t put the connection together that my digestive issues and getting colds, flus, etc. all the time could be because of all of this unhealthy eating.
Fast forward to about 10 years ago, I started to focus on clean eating and it has changed my life.
I am a curvy woman but I am healthier than I ever have been. I don’t believe that being thin always equates to being healthy.
I believe that what you put in your body and mind are more important than the weight on the scale.
My digestive system works better than it ever has and I do not binge eat nor am I bulimic anymore.
I still have gotten an occasional cold or flu but overall my health has improved immensely. I know this is because of how I fuel my body.
I want to give you a couple of tips that have worked for me over the years.
Before I go any further, if believe that if you are suffering from an eating disorder, please reach out to a professional that has experience with eating disorders.
I bet my life would’ve been a lot easier if I reached out and got help from a professional.
Yoga is More Than Physical MovementRemember, first and foremost that yoga is more than just postures. It’s important to include affirmations, meditations, breathing exercises and self-care into your practice.
Be Consistent with Your Gentle Yoga PracticeTry to practice yoga at the same time every day.
Slowly Build Your Gentle Yoga PracticeStart off small and aim for 5 minutes a day at first and then each week add a little more time.
Be Easy on Your Self If You Skip a Day or Only Have a Few Minutes for Your PracticeIf you skip a day it’s ok! Don’t feel guilty and just start your practice again the next day or so.
And Some days you can only do a few minutes of a practice and that’s ok.
Just like with exercise, taking on a new task with your health in mind can be daunting in the beginning, but it does not have to be. The ways in which we choose to fuel our bodies will affect everything we do. Eating clean will have you feeling better from the inside out.
Drink plenty of waterTo keep it simple have water with you at all times and work on increasing your intake every week.
Limit caffeineLimit caffeine to one to cups of coffee a day and start adding some herbal tea
Eat lots of greensEat green, leafy vegetables to maximize vital micronutrients
Cook at homeCook as many of your own meals as you can
Add protein and healthy fatsAdd more protein and healthy fats to your meals and less refined carbs.
Embrace the grocery storeLearn to embrace the grocery store and shop the perimeter.
Cook intuitivelyCook Intuitively. Listen to your instincts when cooking. Ask yourself what you need to use up in your pantry and refrigerator instead of being so rigid with a recipe. Think of recipes as guides instead.
Embrace batch cookingLearn to batch cook which saves you stress and time!
IF YOU ARE INTRIGUED BY WHAT I’M SAYING HERE BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO START
YOU ARE SOMEWHAT AWARE OF THESE TIPS AND ARE LOOKING FOR MORE INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT
I hear all the time how intimidating holistic living can seem to be and how hard it is too squeeze into your busy life.
I have a weekly blog and private group where I cover holistic living and almost every week go live covering yoga, mediation, breathing exercises, and/or self-care.
This blog and community are filled with simple and approachable tips, techniques and practical holistic living advice.
Share your experience with me in the comments below, or send me a private message and let me know how you feel after you try out the tips and techniques I share weekly here. ❤️
Have a beautiful day and Namaste,
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