I didn’t intend to stop eating meat. I don’t call myself a vegetarian. And yet I find myself increasingly unwilling to eat meat. For dinner lately, I’ve been enjoying homemade rice and lentils (with fennel seeds, cracked pepper and liberal sprinklings of turmeric), or homemade seitan masala (well, the masala wasn’t homemade, but I did cook it up with the seitan) or that spinach with cheese dish that I forget the name of that I get from Amy’s Organics. When it comes time to decide what I will nourish myself with, more and more, I find myself choosing the non-meat options. Even when we order in sushi, I find myself eating only the rice, or even ordering Udon in vegetable broth instead.

It’s not that I don’t like meat. It’s not that I am not tempted by it, at least on some level, when I smell the steak I’m grilling for my kids. But when it comes down to it, I find myself not wanting to put it into my digestive system because I find myself imagining how long it’s going to be stuck there, how I’m going to feel “off” tomorrow and not be quite sure why, vaguely blaming the meat, but not really certain of it.

My mom expressed concern recently that perhaps I am using my Ashtanga to burn calories, that it’s just another form of eating disorder. But really, it’s the other way around. I eat for the purpose of supporting my yoga practice.

Right now, at least, that’s the way it is. But I have no rules in mind. I think that’s why I’m liking the way I’m eating. No rules. Just mindful of cause and effect.



3 Responses to Meat

  1. Elaina says:

    I love this post! One of my very favorite things about practicing yoga is being in tune enough with yourself to be aware of the causes and effects. I have almost completely cut out alcohol and meat for the same reason. I’ll still eat fish every so often…but I know exactly what you mean 🙂

  2. Lisa says:

    I’ve been noticing, too, lately, how my practice seems to really be affected by whatever I ate the day before. If I’ve eaten lots of light, nutritious foods, I also feel light in my practice. Yesterday I was just dying during class, and I had to admit that it was true I had eaten a lot of junk the day before….

    Now to find the wisdom to change…

  3. Sara says:

    Sounds like the healthiest eating disorder known to man.

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