Eat mindfully. It’s a recommendation nutritionists and health experts make all the time—but what does it actually mean?
Does mindful eating mean planning out your meals for the entire week, or choosing foods that make you feel energized and happy? Most importantly, does a mindful diet allow for healthy indulgences like dark chocolate (umm, and maybe cookies)?
To answer these burning questions, we turned to a group of folks who are well-practiced in the art of mindfulness: yoga teachers. Check out the personal eating philosophies of these four yoga aficionados and learn what they eat in a typical day.
What does your mindful diet look like?
Certified yoga instructor and writer based in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at carenbaginski.com.
Fresh, flavorful and primarily home-cooked vegan food that explores the tastes of many world cultures. Because I have the choice, I value knowing exactly what's (not who's) on my plate and doing my part to eat a plant-based, sustainable diet while keeping my tastebuds excited for the next bite.
A green smoothie with flax milk, spinach, cacao, hemp seeds, cherries and banana. I often do a ginger shot, which I've premade by juicing ginger and freezing it in an ice cube tray. I let the cube thaw, then knock it back!
Homemade vegan pepper jack cheese and mashed beans grilled in a whole wheat tortilla with fresh salsa, lettuce and avocado.
In-season fruit and sprouted pumpkin seeds or a vegetable juice I toss together with carrots, celery, an apple and beet.
Red coconut vegetable and tofu curry with cashews and brown rice. On the side, a massaged kale and collard salad with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing.
My husband makes a delicious, rich chocolate ganache torte with raspberry sauce that's sweetened with date paste. He doesn't make it often, and when he does it disappears too fast.
Power Vinyasa yoga teacher at Vibe Yoga in Bloomington, Indiana.
My food philosophy revolves around the importance of not labeling foods as “good” or “bad.” Our culture tends to demonize specific food (such as sugar or gluten). I’ve tried eliminating entire food groups in the past, but it only led to disordered eating and anxiety. One of my favorite celebrity chefs, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, best summed up my food philosophy. In an Instagram post one time, she said, “Luv urself, eat ur veggies, move ur body, enjoy ur pie, ignore all the bs, stay hydrated, and be fly.” I think that about sums it up for me.
I generally have a green juice and oatmeal or toast with almond butter.
If I pack a lunch, it’s usually a mixture of walnuts, green salad, an apple, a green juice and a protein (roasted chickpeas or tuna). I eat out often with my day job, and that usually entails ethnic food, such as Indian or Thai. I generally get chana masala (chickpeas in an Indian sauce) or a vegetable curry with tofu. Since servings are usually way too large, I aim to eat about half of the meal and save the rest for the following day.
I usually roast vegetables such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, or broccoli and serve them with a protein (chicken or beans) and a complex carbohydrate (whole grain pasta or brown rice).
My favorite healthy indulgence comes from Deliciously Ella, who taught me the wonders of stuffing medjool dates with almond butter. It has this amazing flavor that reminds me of Reese’s peanut butter cups (but better).
Raj teaches weekly classes and leads teacher trainings at CorePower Yoga in Boulder, Colorado. He also leads AcroYoga workshops at various studios and festivals throughout Colorado. Learn more at rajseymour.com.
I focus on listening to my body and what I need. I tend to go through phases and choose what I find to be most nourishing. I enjoy cooking and plating simple dinners in creative and fun ways to enhance the experience.
I usually start my day with a bowl of yogurt and granola.
I have a sandwich or salad.
A nice meal on my front patio with my family.
Drinking lots of water... and cookies.
Yoga/AcroYoga teacher, Thai Massage Therapist, Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at YogaYuki.com.
Balanced eating. Eat as clean as possible. I try to eat the foods that makes me feel good afterwards.
Granola, banana, yogurt, kefir and other fruits. On the morning of a big outdoor day, I additionally eat eggs and sliced avocado to fuel up.
Green salad with eggs and an apple.
In cold seasons, I love cooking a salmon, leek and kale stew. Curry (Thai & Indian) is my all-time favorite. In the warmer seasons, I like making a salad with rice noodles, with some fish or meat on the side, or roasted veggies and grilled fish.
Trail mix, or a smoothie with protein powder.
Either dark chocolate or yogurt. But tiramisu is my ultimate indulgence.
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