Recently I decided to give up drinking alcohol and excessive amounts of vending machine coffee for two weeks, so I could actually sleep through the night and not feel like a bloated zombie all the time. I picked up a new book, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food: An Everyday Guide by Myra Lewin. The author is a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic consultant in Hawaii, and she writes about how to break old patterns of emotional overeating of unhealthy foods, and establish conscious control over what you put in your body. I learned some great tips I’ve been putting to use:

• Don’t eat more than you can hold in your two hands at any one time.
• Wait at least two hours in between snacks or meals before eating again, to give your last round of food a chance to digest.
•Breathe, chew your food well, don’t eat too fast. Slow down.
• Don’t eat when you’re angry or upset, even if it means missing a meal.

In the back of the book are some great healthy recipes, some of which are Indian-inspired. One, Roots and Greens, is exactly what I always want to eat: Indian spices, kale, a little ghee, and shredded carrots and beets. I wish Lewin would do an entire cookbook!

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