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How do you care for what you put in your body?

By Julie A. Hillman, MS DTR RYT
March, 2014

When I was first asked to write about nutrition for the March newsletter, I thought to myself: “Perfect, March is National Nutrition Month.” I began to go through the mental inventory of all the potential topics at my disposal – everything from healthy weight, simple recipes, digestive issues, the components of a healthy diet – then I stopped…

Our bodies can be either nourished or plagued by what we put in them (I would not be a good nutritionist if I told you otherwise). We have all heard it said to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and that whole grains are best. We know that certain medical conditions – such as diabetes, Celiac Disease, food allergies – may indicate that some foods are not safe for a particular individual to consume. Some of us may navigate all this information fine on our own; others may need to seek the assistance of a nutritionist.

But did you know that what we take into our bodies via our other senses – sight, sound, touch, smell, and even our emotions – have the opportunity to either nourish or plague our bodies? For example, when we see something that we perceive as pleasant, such as a flower, a pet, a child, or a loved one; we can feel it in our body. It may appear as a sense of joy, our body may feel light, we may feel less stress or worry, and we may experience countless other physical sensations. In this way, just as when we consume foods that promote health, a pleasant environment can also promote physical well-being.

Likewise, consuming a food that we know will make us ill, such as a food we are allergic to, has an adverse effect on our health. In addition, our observation of something we perceive as unpleasant can have an adverse effect on our health. Take the example of witnessing a car accident. You may feel the effects of witnessing that physically; you may feel upset to your stomach, you may become short of breath, you may feel lightheaded and dizzy, you may feel nervous, or perhaps you may feel other symptoms as well. These are symptoms of your body becoming out of balance; we could also say they are signs of ill-health. In our hectic modern lives, we are often surrounded by factors that have the potential to have a harmful effect on our bodies. Job-related stress, relationships, and financial stability are just a couple of examples that I believe many of us can relate to. The unprocessed and undigested emotions from stressful situations often appear in our body as headaches, backaches, irritability, hypertension, even heart attacks. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Your personal path to good health begins with taking care of what you put into your body. How can you do that?

  1. Begin by becoming aware of the foods that you eat;
  2. Do your yoga practice consistently. Amrit Yoga is a powerful tool to assist in discovering and releasing emotional blocks, or unprocessed emotions, that are held within our physical body;
  3. Participate in the “Introduction to Eating Mindfully” workshop;
  4. Schedule a nutrition consultation. We are offering a special this month (see below).

By being aware of what you put into your body in terms of food, sensations, environment, and emotional responses you have the power to live in true health – body, mind, and spirit.

Julie HillmanJulie is a nutritionist and yoga teacher. She is available for nutrition consultations and is offering a special this month: schedule your initial consultation before March 10th and mention this article, your first appointment will be free. Please visit http://yogaatsantosha.com/nutritional-counseling for more information about Julie and her services.

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