• the traveling yogi

Let's talk about those vegetarians....

Updated: Mar 7

Let's talk about those vegetarians and the fact that I would really like to be one! Maybe I will one day. After all, I am a yoga teacher and in the yoga world a popular principle is "do no harm." Also, anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love animals. Let me tell you something else, I really do not care for red meat or pork all that much. So why am I not a vegetarian? Well, one thing is when I restrict red meat or pork what do you think I want to order when I eat out? You guessed it....Red meat or pork. When I give something up -- I want it more. I do not have any food allergies or a disease that would require me to omit certain foods. Therefore, what I resist persists. That is just me.

So let's talk about what I really want to talk about...restriction. Just about every year I gain about 10 pounds and then like many people I start my diet in January. Usually I am successful at losing the weight. The months of October, November and December I let be a free for all and then I sacrifice January, February and March. The rest of the days in the year are either spent in restriction or over eating bad foods. Both ways of eating lead to stress and unhappiness. The yo-yo diet. I have never learned how to be in the grey area. But let me tell you about the experiences I have had these past seven weeks.

It was mid November and I felt the change coming on. After many years of doing the same thing I just knew I didn't want to do it anymore. I did not want to over eat and feel gross in December and I did not want to diet in January. So I just ate whatever I wanted BUT not like the way I usually did in the past...the feast before the famine. I ate what I wanted with the knowledge that I would not be dieting in January. This little shift was huge. I also knew that I wasn't going to weigh myself. I was going to throw caution to the wind and TRUST MYSELF. In the past 7 weeks I have eaten ice cream only one time at night. This is a big deal for me. Just one time! I ate chocolate chip cookies every once in a while, it was December after all, but probably one-tenth of what I would normally eat. I just didn't want it. It went on and on with experiences like that. The past 7 weeks or so have been different and glorious. I think I am on to something here. I am hopeful. Without pushing myself to be a certain way, to look a certain way or eat a certain way things are just changing organically. Who knows what can happen when I trust in myself.....I just may become a vegetarian!