Tag Archives: mindful eating
Posted on February 8th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Kale, Chocolate, and the Art of Mindful Eating

By Reyna Eisenstark One Saturday morning not long ago, I was eating a toasted sesame bagel with butter and a big mug of coffee, when suddenly it occurred to me that maybe I was doing everything all wrong. This was the sort of ordinary breakfast that everyone used to eat, but now the idea of [...]

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Posted on November 25th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Breaking Up with Cake

I used to have a thing for cake. Who am I kidding? I still have a thing for cake. I don’t think you ever really get over cake. It’s like that summer fling you had when you were 18—you never forget the magic of it, but you also know that it might not be the [...]

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Posted on November 9th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Savor the Season: Mindful Eating for the Holidays

by Bess Hochstein It’s autumn in New England; the leaves are putting on their annual brilliant display before they flutter to the ground. There’s a chill in the air, the sunlight arrives later and departs earlier each day, and the phrase “pumpkin spice” is suddenly inescapable. I’m already sifting through holiday recipes and thinking of [...]

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Posted on August 31st, 2013 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living

Five Tips for Boosting Your Immune System

Though we all love the inspiration that comes with working in a group during retreats, there are many wonderful practices you can do on your own to boost immunity—techniques that are simple, safe, and free. Here are a few. Gargling Try gargling with warm salt water twice a day. Gargling cleans out bacteria and germs [...]

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Posted on July 8th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

The Inner Work Of Weight Management

Like so many, I’ve spent most of my life battling the same 10 or 15 pounds, losing them with great pride only to gain the weight back again and berate myself for allowing it to happen. Recently, determined to make a change in the way I look and feel, I signed up for a fitness [...]

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Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Joy of Eating

Almost right away, our teacher asks us to draw a “memorable food experience.” Nothing gets adults past their fear of anything, even drawing, faster than food. Gripping crayons passed around in paper cups, we sketch elaborate Thanksgiving tables, giant pots of comforting stew, and quite a few lobsters. When our teacher, Kripalu nutritionist Kathie Madonna [...]

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Posted on March 15th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Kripalu Kitchen

A Kripalu Intern’s Guide to Mindful Eating and Surviving the Dining Hall

Kat Olson, guest blogger Living and practicing yoga in Boston for five years before accepting a yearlong internship with the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living in November 2012, the two things I heard most often about this yoga haven were “the Berkshires are so beautiful” and “the food at Kripalu is amazing.” Now, three months [...]

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Posted on August 24th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen

The Slow Down Diet

As the summer’s end begins its relentless march, the only mantra running through my head seems to be, Slow down, slow down, slow down. I yearn to savor more of the warm days, the outdoor fun, the farm-fresh veggies. I want the world to pause, to slow down, to give me more time to take [...]

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Posted on July 13th, 2012 by in Nutrition, Yoga

The Yoga of Nutrition

How does yoga philosophy apply to healthful eating? According to Kripalu Lead Nutritionist, Annie B. Kay, MS, RD, RYT, in her R&R retreat lecture, The Yoga of Nutrition, examining our nutritional choices through a lens of mindfulness can help us become more aware and empowered.

When there’s balance in all areas of our life, Annie says, when we’re eating whole plant-based foods, getting enough physical activity, and managing our stress, we are nurturing our whole beings—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—and nourishing our deepest selves.

One of the cornerstones of the yoga of nutrition, Annie points out, is mindful eating—slowing down, paying attention to what’s happening by focusing the sensations occurring while we eat. “Are you a fast eater, or do you savor every bite? Do you zone out and eat in front of the TV?” Annie asks. These questions can lead us into a new understanding of what guides our choices and allows us to examine our cravings.

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