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What I Eat: From Kale to Forbidden Black Rice

Given all the ways that food serves as medicine, as sacred substance, as a boost to divine vitality, I often get asked by my patients, yoga students and tribe what I eat. Not vague generalizations and broad categories, but nitty-gritty specifics. I happen to do well with nitty-gritty specifics. Do you? I learned at the ripe age of 40 that I'm a bit of a compulsive overeater. And, to compensate and fit into my skinny jeans, a compulsive overexerciser. Elliptical? Interval training? Excessive running? Yup. It was not welcome information. I spent way too much of my brain power with complex calculations of caloric input and output. I spent way too much money on finding the right diet for me, and the right amount of the right exercise. I'm a stress eater. I eat and drink wine to celebrate life's great moments. I eat when I need to calm down. It's not a good habit. I realized I need to right size the role of food in my life. I need to find more peace and serenity around food. Here's the food plan that gives me peace and serenity, weighed and measured and gloriously free of debate. Breakfast: 2oz oats (weighed dry, then cooked) + 2oz nuts + 6oz fruit (note: when initially losing weight, I started at 1 oz of dry oatmeal) Lunch: 6oz cooked vegetables + 6oz tofu/tempeh/beans (or 4 oz meat) + 6oz fruit + 2oz whole grain (note: when losing weight, I skipped grain at lunch) Dinner: 6oz cooked vegetables + 6oz tofu/tempeh/beans (or 4 oz meat) + 8oz salad with 2T dressing   What vegetables? The non-starchy types such as organic kale from my bag yard (6 oz of kale is a big ol' pile!) or chopped baby bok choy with garlic and spray coconut oil. Yummers. Grain? Chinese Forbidden Black Rice or Red Quinoa. Crazy good. Massa's brown rice. Yes yes OH YES! That's it. I love it. Food is neutral. Not overly romanticized, not used to cope with emotional turbulence. This is an optimal food plan for balancing your hormones. Tell me what you think and let me know if you've ever struggled similarly.


Lucinda replied on Dec 29, 2015

Great site and wonderful outlook. I’m wondering about your diet on a couple levels.

It seems actually a bit slim on vegetables. You also don’t emphasize green leafy, and at least some raw. I’d also throw in a list of veggies (and fruits) that because of pesticide counts, must be organic- and others that can be non-organic if necessary for cost savings.

Fruits?! Do you not eat fruit? I don’t see any mentioned.

Variety is the slice of life, and also promotes health and a diverse intake of nutrients. I don’t see much variety.

Emotional overheating, binge eating- if this is a compulsion or disorder for people, as it was / has been for me, the pathway to healthy mindful eating is full of unique challenges. In my experience, after three years. Of weekly coaching and reaching a point of balanced mindfulness in my eating, this is a symptom of distraction and disconnection. It is not very much about dieting or even weight. This means, at least for me, focusing on caloric intake & measuring food quantities contributed to my disconnection from my body, my spirit, my food.

To sum up three years of work and several years of deepening connection to my thoughts, feelings, body is too much for this comment. I can say it involves a good measure of letting go, slowing down, getting in touch with my core attributes, self acceptance, and connection in all it’s forms. The urges cannot be controlled, they must be released, or perhaps the spirit within must be released from the urge or compulsions that run afoul of a healthy being.

A wonderful blog & a thought provoking post. Thank you!

mimi replied on Dec 29, 2015

sorry for spelling errors

mimi replied on Dec 29, 2015

stop caffeine
its not good long term for appetite control
morning power greens hemp powder
l glutamine with almond milk stevia and supplements
salad spinach tomatoes walnuts avacado almonds sprouts with a lemon flaxseed oil dressing with a heaping teaspoon of chia seeds ground on top(helps with cravings!)
dinner (byw 90% liquor and sugar free)
steamed broccoli edamame huge pile of kale with dulse and seanings and coconut cream (the best from tropical traditions.com)
water and herb tea with almond milk during snax

Sara Gottfried MD replied on Dec 29, 2015

Lara, so grateful for your comments. How is OA going? We should TAWK! Start a consciousness-raising 12-Step of our own! XOXO

Sara Gottfried MD replied on Dec 29, 2015

Love it, Mimi! Your dinner sounds like what I’d like to serve His Holiness if he came to my home! Right there with you, Darlin’! XOXO

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