Let us Eat Cake!
I am a yoga teacher. During the year I’m glad my job requires me to wear spandex and walk around in front of mirrors. It’s a good reason to watch what I eat, have fun juicing and searching out the best watermelons for the season- But during the holiday season- I wish I had a job that required me to eat. Everything. In. Sight.
A couple of yoga students and I were talking about this before class the other day. We were talking about food of course and the holidays. These Yoginis were modifying their eating in a very healthy way and still finding it difficult. She and her friend both have jobs that require them to wear fabulous shoes eat lunch, sometimes dinner, out with clients and often on the same days! They have to behave a certain way- follow complicated social and political niceties. I told her it made sense it was difficult for them, that’s very hard work if you want to live healthily.
I talked about what I was eating (that week- green juice, only). I told her I found it easier to be healthy because of my job. I happen to be an overall healthy person because I’m a yoga teacher. But I also have to eat right because people are looking at me expecting me to look a certain way. Not to mention I’m looking at myself in the mirror and expecting me to look a certain way.
Really, our jobs are the same.
You can see why holidays are very distressing for us. I love to eat. I love sugar. I love cake. I love brownies. I love coffee. I love caramel. And I love drinking good wine and laughing with friends. Tis the season! Yes, the yoga lady likes her wine~
These celebrations are wonderful reminders before the new year how BAD gluttony can feel- even though it tastes so good. In these times of “anorexic is the new fit” I struggle. We all struggle. Balance is the name of the game.
SO what to do? Become aware. And you do the best you can. Let what happened yesterday and what you ate yesterday be in yesterday. See how things go today. All of this beautiful food will be gone soon. If not eaten (by me!) then most certainly because it’s the turn of the wheel. And then our focus is all on fitness and fasting.
To every season….