Advice for an apathetic eater?

Via Tobye Hillier
on Jan 18, 2011
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Ok, so this is an article in the form of a question… or is it a question in the form of an article? Not sure…Anyhoo!

As a Yogi I know the importance of a Sattvic diet.

Fresh vegetables, nuts, pulses etc could be included in our diet if we want to be fit, healthy and shining bright with energy. My thoughts on eating meat as himsa are more around the idea of meat being Tamasic for us than anything else, but that’s just my feeling.

My problem is though, living on my own, I don’t really plan ahead with meals… I realise I’m hungry and I search for something to eat, simple as that. In one way that’s a good thing. My Mum is always thinking about dinner straight after breakfast. My bowl is not washed before she asks “What would you like for dinner?” It used to drive me crazy! Now I’ve managed to just give my Mum an answer to her question… she gives me a choice and I choose!

You see, I don’t really care what I eat. All food is good to a certain extent for me and that’s the problem… maybe I should care. Not just about what I put into my body… How I put it into my body as well.

I have an enormous amount of respect for kathryn Budig. Her love affair with food is inspiring. Especially her ability to prepare such mouthwatering dishes and keep her body lythe and healthy.

But I’m lost at the moment. I’m finding myself very apathetic when it comes to eating. I do like cooking; The smells, the colors etc. But lately it’s just not been working for me. I tend to eat a lot of sandwiches and ok they’re homemade and reasonably healthy, but still.

So, have any of you Superdupersexycool peeps out there, got any advice for a single guy that wants to eat healthy and yogic but can’t get his act together?

Answers below please!


About Tobye Hillier

Originally from England, Tobye Hillier has lived in Ireland for over 17 years, living in a small seaside town called Greystones 20 miles south of Dublin. A qualified Karuna yoga teacher (RYT 500), Tobye also plays a pretty darn funky 5-string bass guitar and likes to sing in other peoples' showers. Empathic and intuitive, He likes to bend Yoga to suit people and not the other way around.


13 Responses to “Advice for an apathetic eater?”

  1. Ben_Ralston says:

    Hey Tobye,

    First off, I'd gently nudge you in the direction of this article I wrote on diet:
    Actually, that's it. It's all there, so read it and let me know what you think.

    Food is important – but the effect of a good versus bad diet can be subtle. More important than anything is your state of mind: if it's balanced and positive you can eat anything and feel ok. But food can make the difference between feeling ok and feeling grrreat. Or feeling Rajasic, and Being in the Sattvic ZONE.

    Personally I advise cutting out all meat and fish, eating fruit daily, and getting plently of variety of vegetables, grains, pulses (like lentils, beans, etc).

    It requires discipline, and I sympathize – being single is the biggest challenge to sorting out one's diet!!

    perhaps the answer is: go out and find yourself that beautiful partner who would delight in creating culinary delights for you, and then sit back and enjoy together πŸ™‚

    Love, Ben

  2. Martin says:

    Cut out the CHOCOLATES! Wise choices go a long way. Choose an apple instead of a chocolate bar and so on… The small decisions play a massive role in forming the bigger picture. Sure, Tobye, you’ve got the body of a God :p

  3. I would let it be.

    Thing is, if we try to be satvic (balanced) all the time, then by the very nature of "trying" we are "forcing things" and hence becoming rajasic (over excited). We cannot fight our nature, the three tendencies in us (balanced, over excited, lethargic) have cycles, and over all through yoga we become more balanced, but it does not happen overnight it takes time.

    Not long ago I had an issue with marshmallows, I wanted them, and I KNOW they are not balanced, satvic, yogi… oh no!, but I was fortunate enough to be listening to a CD by Richard Freeman in which he was saying exactly what I just paraphrased on my paragraph above, so I went ahead and enjoyed the marshmallows…

    I have not felt the desire to eat them since. Not resistance = faster completion of the tamasic (letargic) cycle which seems to be where you are at

  4. yogi tobye says:

    So what you're saying is… I need to find a veggie, yogini babe willing to cook for me if I do the dishes?

  5. yogi tobye says:

    Not even fairtrade organic dark chocolate?

  6. yogi tobye says:

    Thanks Claudia!

    You know how thay make marshmallows right? πŸ˜‰

  7. Ben_Ralston says:

    It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it πŸ™‚

  8. I think someone told me but I sure do not want to be reminded… please

  9. Arne says:

    Humans are designed to eat plenty of fat and meat. Make of that what you will.

  10. Blake says:

    And to rarely eat fruit. Think of the growing seasons.

  11. yogi tobye says:

    What the dishes or, the cooking for me? πŸ˜‰

  12. yogi tobye says:

    Spoken like a true viking Arne :o)

  13. Tanya says:

    Hi Tobye. Thanks for sharing your story! Perhaps you can practice turning your attention inward to try and listen to what your body is physically craving for. After long and hard de-programming when it comes to bad eating habits, I slowly discovered that if I make the effort to consume live enzymes from ripe and organic food, I feel more balanced, happier with more energy.

    It sounds like you are ready for a change and the great thing is, you already have just sharing this article. πŸ™‚