Chopra is the A-listers spiritual guru of choice but as of today he’s not just trying to get minds in shape, he’s looking at bodies too with the release of his new book ‘What Are You Hungry For?’
As someone who knows exactly what she should be eating to stay slim – but still has a bit of a stumbling block about putting the right amount of it into her mouth, it’s a book that resonates quite nicely with me as his argument is if your mind isn’t feeling fulfilled, it will try and find that fulfillment in other ways – and food cravings and hunger is a relatively safe way to do it. The problem is, your stomach can never supply enough of what is missing and so you constantly battle your body (when what you need to sort out is our mind). While he does talk about eating well – something he calls Awareness Eating – this is not a diet book, it’s a mind makeover and even just following a couple of tips from it have cheered me up. Here’s two of my favourites.
Based on the idea that light nourishes at every level, this sees you looking for new ways to bring light into everything in life. So try things like
Eating light, fresher foods – think fish over meat, salad over carbs, water over sugary soft drinks
If you’re drinking alcohol, think lighter alcohol – my new fave wine is Miranda Summer Light which is just 5.5%. The red one is really, really nice. You’ll find it in Tesco.
Wear lighter colours – at this time of year it’s very easy to sink into black or grey. Today, wear yellow or pastel pink and see how you feel.
Do one thing that makes you feel lighthearted – or one thing that lifts a weight from your shoulders.
Do The Opposite
For one day – or a week change your behavior by doing the opposite of what you normally do – and see how it changes how you feel, think or act. For example…..
Turn routine into surprising – I’m a big fan of trying new things – even as simple as a slightly different food (that’s why you get posts on things like Brussels sprout juice on here!)
Turn passive into active – whether that by doing more exercise, or reaching out for something you’ve always wanted rather than waiting for it to come to you
Turn dull into vibrant – your outfit or your conversation
Turn stale into fresh – rearrange your office or lounge and see how it changes perspective; throw out some clutter (more on a way to do this in a day or two) or wear something from your wardrobe that never normally sees the light of day. In my case that’s wearing a pair of shoes with big red bows on I absolutely love but I’m pretty sure that when worn with opaque tights make me look like Minnie Mouse. I decided to hell with it though- they’re going on! After all, who doesn’t like Minnie Mouse!
You’ll find the book in bookshops and amazon.co.uk from today.*
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