Your "food body" or Annamaya Kosha is the outermost layer of our human experience. Our senses, organs, muscles, bones, and any gross matter that makes us who we tangibly are, is all included in this physical plane. Nourishing this sheath is of utmost importance. If we don't cultivate a healthy physical layer, it will be difficult to dive deeper into the less tangible, energetic and emotional layers.
On a more specific level, our Annamaya Kosha is created by what and how we eat. The practices below will create awareness around what you put into your body and how healthful routines and habits can impact your life way beyond just your physicality.
Regularity: Your digestive system is a true testament to how your physical body is doing. Depending on who you are, it is normal to have a bowel movement anywhere from 3 times in a day to 3 times per week. If you are pooping irregularly, your physical body is focusing too much of its energy on digesting foods that aren't easily digested in your body. Here are a couple tips to improve the health of your GI tract.
Simplicity: We tend to over complicate our schedules, diets and thoughts. Bringing more clarity into our lives will benefit us way beyond just our physical bodies. But to start, here are two ways to simplify what you put into your body.
Mindfulness: "Being present in the moment, in a nonjudgmental way and being able to pay close attention to your body, habits, and triggers," states Susan Albers in eat,drink, and be mindful. Eating with T.A.S.T.E. in mind can guide us towards total awarenss.
Is this in line with how you nourish your body? If you are feeling malnourished, what is the cause?
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