There are moments my children are completely on target telling me exactly what I need to hear… the child as teacher. When rushing out the door on a typical school morning, my older son said, “Mom, take a yoga breath,” I let his words sink in. Since then, I have practiced some yoga (not enough… but more than none) – more importantly, as my son suggested, I am making myself aware of “yoga breathing” during my day. It slows me down and brings my mind back to the present moment. This upcoming month, I am making a commitment to taking more “yoga breaths” whether I am on the yoga mat or feeling rushed, frustrated, and annoyed.
Next month, I am also taking the Eating Rules October Unprocessed challenge. For me, “unprocessing” began shortly after graduating from college in the late 80’s (now I do need a yoga breath… that sounds soooo long ago). Due to health reasons, at that time, I was given a food plan. I began reading ingredient labels, and removed soda, refined sugar as well as refined flour from my diet. I started choosing whole grains, legumes, organic vegetables, naturally and humanely raised animal products. When it came to treats, I made my own, or made sure “it” (my purchased treat) fit with my food plan. Andrew Wilder, of Eating Rules has some guidelines for October Unprocessed, but he encourages you to start where you are at (I love that!). As I read about taking the October Unprocessed challenge, it fit with the eating lifestyle changes I made right before launching Dana’s Bread. My “unprocessing” process was the passion behind Dana’s Bread!!
Something the food plan included, which I have gotten soooo far from, but am committing to this October (and hopefully beyond) is more awareness while eating. The “unprocessing” challenge, for myself, is bringing awareness back to my eating and meal time. “Unprocessing”…enjoying my food more — not multitasking.
Take a yoga breath and take the Unprocessed Challenge with me this next month. Decide what “unprocessing” means for you and start there.