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Ever since I started my yoga journey a year ago, I slowly realized I have become more aware of my eating habits. Not much on the choices of food first but on frequency and timing. Since yoga is best done on an empty stomach, I had to eat at least 2–3 hours before the session began. Eventually, I became more aware of what I eat, on how certain food and drinks can affect my practice. Like drinking coffee before practice makes me feel heavy. So it was very interesting to learn about the recent workshop from Life Yoga in BGC about “Eat to Live: Yoga of Eating” where the discussion focuses on mindful eating and yoga asanas to help on working on the internals. I was fortunate to have a chance to attend this workshop headed by French nutritionist Helene Dunlop and and yoga teacher Christina Dinkel Maningo. Hoping it would expand my knowledge on mindful eating and make simple adjustments in my lifestyle that could make a big impact beyond my yoga practice.
Eat to Live
The Eat to Live is a one and a half hour workshop divided in two parts. Helene talks about nutrition and eating on the first 30 minutes of the program. It’s a very interesting discussion on how our posture, choice of food and timing makes a difference in our eating habits. Like how we should chew properly and breakdown food before it reaches our tummies to help it digest faster. Timing is important too like how we need snacks in the afternoon to store energy in our liver for the evening. The significance of the choices of food on the duration of the day preferably more vegetables.