Food to Fuel your body and mind
Why eat well?
At My Escape we believe ‘You are what you eat’ when you fill your body with high fat, high sugar foods you are ultimately going to feel pretty rubbish and sluggish. Of course we are big believers also in ‘Everything in moderation’ so some of those high fats, sugary foods are ok just on the odd occasion. If you completely deprive yourself of certain foods there’s always the chance that you will slip one day and go on a big binge.
In a traditional Yogic diet we do not eat meat and this is for many reasons. “The fundamental ethical precepts of yoga teach that if we want to be free and happy, we should not harm others, emphasizing ethical vegetarianism and animal rights.
If we learn to eat in this way with no harming we will not only feel better for it but we are also helping the planet. If you decide to eat meat, as we do occasionally then at least make it organic and from a local reliable butcher who ensures the animals are bred in a safe and humane environment. So this probably means investing a bit more money into good quality meat.
What foods inspire us?
Fresh, local when possible and full of colour. On our popular Sussex day retreats we make all of the food ourselves and this takes careful planning and investment in good quality products. We make our dishes so they are bright and colourful therefore pleasing to the eye. On our retreats abroad we ensure we have amazing in house chefs who cook fresh local produce and usually in keeping with the region. So for us we love to see Moroccan dishes when we retreat in Morocco, dishes like cous cous, spicy tagines, vegetable bakes and plenty of herbs and spices, amazing array of fruits are displayed at breakfast. At home however, we aren’t so blessed with amazing tropical fruits so really it’s important to find the fruits that are in season. Most of the fruits we see in the supermarkets have been packaged and shipped around the world so it’s hardly fresh and really this isn’t exactly an ethical way of selling food.
Eating healthy on retreat
When you decide on booking a health and wellbeing retreat you’d expect to be fed well. After all the practice of Yoga is not just about physical asana it’s about nourishing your whole body and mind. So whatever goes in it through food or thought will ultimately affect the way your body runs. We live in this mad multitasking world and our meals can often be put aside as less important to our work schedules. So on retreat when the idea is to start to slow things down, we can let go of all the external distractions that keep our mind busy back home and start to pay more attention to ourselves. Basically we move out of stress mode and when we are in this clearer mental state it’s the food on the table that becomes so much more interesting. We start to taste more clearly, recognize the amazing smells of the foods, appreciate the time and care taken to cook it.
The importance of maintenance
It’s easy to eat well on retreat when the food is cooked for you. The biggest challenge is maintaining it back home and one thing we love to do on our retreats is offer cookery lessons to our students. These classes provide useful information on recipes and are designed for everyone to take ideas home and share recipes with friends and family. The key is to getting organised when home, doing a healthy food shop preparing for the week ahead on a good healthy note. Our top 10 ways to maintain a healthy diet when home;
- Keep up the Yoga & Pilates
- Everyday eat a variety of colours
- Plan and organize meals
- Don’t stress about it
- Drink lots of water
- Have a foodie buddy- sticking to a plan is always easier with a friend.
- Seek out local health food stores
- Follow our My Escape 30 day cleanse
- Seek out healthy takeaways – so you never feel deprived.
- Remember it’s all about balance and everything in moderation.