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by Jesse Johnston in Inisghts

If I were asked what is the most important thing that I should do when it comes to my diet?, I would respond with two words.

Be present.

It is very likely that this is also the most important thing you can do if you want to enhance your relationships, career, and love life.

Give it a try.

During your next meal, grab a magazine, turn on the TV, and start texting someone.

See how much of it you enjoy.

Guess how many times you chewed your food before swallowing it unconsciously.

Don’t you just love that feeling when a lump of food gets stuck in your throat?

That will bring you back to the present moment.

Now take a second to imagine a meal in front of you. Take note of the smells, the colors, and the textures; smile in gratitude and take your first bite.

Notice what hits your tastebuds first. Is it sweet, spicy, savory? A little bit of everything, depending on what it is.

What happens the more you chew? Ah the flavors keep coming. There’s more here than I realized. Mmmm, what was that crunch?

Not only are you heightening your eating experience, when your food makes its way through your digestion system, it will require far less energy to break it down, and you will have a much easier time assimilating the nutrients.

Should I go into vivid detail what it would be like to be present while making love with your partner, from the first kiss to the last touch?

You get the idea.

There is so much to enjoy in the present moment.


Yoga means “union” or “connection.” Conscious connection to something allows us to deeply feel and experience it, resulting in more joy and fulfillment.

In the physical practice of yoga—and in meditation—awareness of your breath is key to experiencing the mind-body connection.

There are many paths to experience this state, some of which have been around for thousands of years. It occurred to me that there is something we do on a daily basis, that has been around since the beginning of time, that is a direct path to mind-body connection.

Eating is the oldest habit on the planet, and I believe there is more disconnection from our food than at any other time in history. Obesity has become an epidemic, the top two killers are diet-related, and the USDA considers ketchup to be a vegetable (I’ll save that for another time).

The fact is, emotional eating is real, binge eating is real, food addictions are real, and eating disorders are real, because people are disconnected from their mind and body.

The Prana Kitchen is about creating connection. It’s about cultivating an awareness of what matters.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ~ Ann Wigmore

There was a moment when I realized that food could be a daily reminder to be present and to bring awareness to what I believe is most important: my well-being, interconnectivity of all living beings, and the planet.

Ecosystem in the general use is defined as a complex network or interconnected system. These systems exist on all levels from the bacteria in your gut to the vastness of the ocean.

It’s time to get connected.

I’ve found preparing conscious meals to be an excellent way to connect with others, my body, and the planet, while promoting optimal well-being.

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