Let's start with this sutra from the Pradipika. I'll share my favorite Pradipika friendly food solutions, great books, and simple but effective tips for choosing your ideal food-life. There is no one-size fits all in food, just like in yoga poses, and in life. Our work is to figure out what works for us. What is the exact right blend of healthy and happy?
And I invite everyone else to share insights, tricks, tips, tactics, tools, and ways of thinking that can help. Remember your students will come to you with issues you may or may not have. Empowerment for yourself here, is empowerment for the people you will serve later. We all have something new to learn about the wonderful world of eating.
Shopping the Pradipika.
When I am "eating the pradipika way," I like jasmine rice. Because bread exists, and potatoes, and noodles, rice is usually not in my top 3. But the smell of jasmine rice in the rice cooker is sweet heaven to me, especially when we are in the 2nd chakra. Also, I lived in Japan for a couple of years when I was younger, and loved the ritual and refinement of a Japanese style meal. It fits perfectly with the slowed down, mindful eating I want when I am practicing the Pradipika diet. Over the next few weeks, as we head into summer, and fresh food is more available - this is a great time to give yourself a little detox, a self-study opportunity, or a whole reboot on your way of eating. Mastery of how we eat is one of the greatest teachers of compassion for your future selves as teachers.
A typical meal for me during this time will be a bowl of jasmine rice with steamed vegetables and turkey or chopped hard boiled egg. I'll eat from a beautiful bowl, with chopsticks and mindfulness.
Other things I picked up at the grocery store this week, or rely on for pradipika eating:
Sweet pea sprouts
Sweet peppers, all colors
Sugar Snap peas
Rice vermicelli noodles
Mushroom soup stock
Jicima (have you tried this crunchy mild sweet delight? YUM.)
I generally back off on coffee and drink iced tea all day.
What are your favorite sweet, juicy foods?