Soul cake

There´s so much information out there. What is nourishing and true healing food for you?

Giving yourself the time and space to align to the divine laws of nature will always bear wisdom fruit. Conscious eating births consciousness in you.

There is a possibility for an uplifting relationship to you and your food that is not about sustaining yet another unrealistic diet regime nor stocking up on expensive “superfood” powders and potions.

There are basics to all this that are simple, but not necessarily easy. Ingrained habits tend to take a little effort to shift, but they do transform when you replace them with practises that work better for you.

There is never a good reason not to underline habits that don´t delight you and swap them for daily practises that do. Part of this is creating a supportive environment that helps you to maintain enthusiasm even when it would usually dip. One yoga class, one community sharing at a time.

As you explore a true understanding of food, your experience of your body changes, your health improves, your consciousness shifts. As your taste buds and your body rebalance your food will taste better and so will your life.

It's a myth that healthy food doesn't taste good. Key is that eating consciously does require effort. It won't happen without you choosing it. But that is also a blessing. When you find a way that is truly nourishing for you – you will feel the victory in your bones for yourself, nobody else will need to convince you.

Here are a few pointers to get you started. They serve for a lifetime of contemplation too.

The deeper you consciously breathe, the more nourishment you will bring to yourself in ways beyond imagining. Breathe in and expand your belly. Breathe out contract Nabhi (navel) up and in. You may add Sat (Truth) on the in breath and, Naam (name/ your identity) on the out breath. Truth is my identity. Feed yourself with Truth, digesting into each cell in your body.

Start by assessing where you are. Illustrate this in any way that feels possible for you. One word is fine, is a scribble or a doodle. What are the challenges? The eating habits that trouble you the most? What are the circumstances that prompted you to eat in this way? How do you eat when you're upset? Do you eat when you're angry? Sad? Frustrated and don't know what else to do? Do you associate eating with certain places? Circumstances? What is your dominant mood that provokes eating too much/ too little/ the wrong kind of food?

How do you eat when your happy? Feeling strong? Delighted to be you? Wouldn't you like that to be the dominant expression of you?

Love is an essential ingredient for healthy food. Bless it, and eat it as the gift of God it is to you.

If you find yourself always thinking and reaching for food it may be that you are looking for nourishment in another part of your life that is absent. Rather than berating yourself for snacking, thank the body for it´s wisdom, but then listen to it. Ask it to explain to you what it really needs.

Hunger is a sign that you are alive. Indeed it could lead you to ask:

What am I really hungry for?
 A question that opens over a lifetime of enquiry.

And if you struggle with a history of eating disorders remember this:

That by which you fall is that by which you rise.

The intensity of the challenge you find with food could fire your determination to find a way that is truly healing for you. If you didn't have such difficulty you may never have sufficient motivation to investigate alternatives.

With the right information, persistence and support it is possible for you to have a different experience of yourself.

Study how the 5 elements express themselves in the world, in you and in your food.

If you don't know where to start with this, start one tiny thing at a time.

Notice how you feel before you eat, as you eat and after you eat. What are the differences in the sensations in your body, energy and level of clarity?

If you eat more intelligently, you will become more intelligent. An endless supply of heavy food makes for lethargy.

Visit your local organic fruit and veg market and see how much of your weekly grocery shop you can find there.

Start growing a few seeds, in your garden or on your windowsill. Make regular time to walk in nature and look after plants will attune you over time to your natural cycles too.

Explore what it means to align your eating habits to natural laws. As you do so, you will naturally bring yourself into balance.

Sip a little water through the day. Adjust according to season and lifestyle habits. Drink when thirsty rather than delaying it. Rather sensitize yourself to the signs that you need liquid than drinking large quantities of water just because you ́ve been told its healthy. Attune yourself to the signs of good hydration and dehydration in your own body.

Eat when hungry. 
Drinking when hungry or eating when thirsty deranges the digestive system.

The body appreciates routine, much in the same way as it does with the day/night cycles and the cycles of the seasons. Eating a little at each meal time is better than fast and feast cycles that can put stress on your organs and systems and strengthen a feeling in yourself that your habits are out of your own control.

The nutrients in food as well as nutritional supplements are only of value to you if you can digest them. Raw food is great if you can digest it. Lightly boiled or steamed food is easier for the body to digest. Raw Frozen and fridge cold food reduces the functioning of the digestive enzymes. Fried, processed and pre-packaged food are low in vital nutrients and may be toxic to the body.

Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and tiredness after eating are signs of digestive imbalance.

It is always possible to upgrade one little thing. Build your confidence in healing habits one sustainable step at a time. Over the weeks, months and years this will add up to a significant ongoing transformation.

Begin by swapping substances that are unhealthy for all bodies: white flours for organic whole grain, refined sugar for a natural sweetener, a ready meal with a homemade meal.

Snacking: Eating between meals is a sign that either enough food is not being eaten at meal times or that you are not nourishing yourself in other ways, spiritually, mentally or emotionally.

Snacking or drinking near bedtime overworks the body and reduces vitality and health.

Eat raw fruit separately from other food. A little cooked fruit combined with your breakfast is ok. Eat melons separately from other fruits. Avoid yoghurt at night. At this time it will be congesting for you.

“Seasoning” is often deep medicine: Turmeric, fennel and ginger aids digestion and cleanse the digestive tract. Nonetheless, each one of us has different needs at different times in different ways. For instance, if you have high levels of inflammation then lemon and ginger could potentially increase the experience of heat in your body.

No one ingredient is a wonder food for everybody.
 Ultimately and always be guided by what brings you into greater balance and consciousness.

It is wise to treat the subject of yogic diet in the same way as your overall yoga practice. A little daily practice will support you far more than an extreme diet out of the blue, which actually could do more harm than good. Practice and check in with someone who has some experience in the field. If your on the right track you will feel that you are deepening a true loving relationship with yourself. You will feel more alive, aligned, clear, inspired and enthusiastic about just being you. The benefits will become increasingly self-evident to you.

And remember the investment you put into making your food habits conscious always pays off. Never, ever, ever, ever, give up on finding a wise way through for you.

...then your soul cake can become a celestial diamond. But that´s a story for another time.

Love light all ways,

jagat joti kaur

kundalini yoga small group lifestyle and nutrition online.