I’ve noticed over the last year or so that I’ve been practicing Mysore style classes regularly (on average 3 times a week) that I’ve developed a rather sweet tooth. Has anyone else had experience of this?
Perhaps I’m just making excuses to guzzle lots of cake, and chocolate brownies ; )
I also found that I took to drinking coffee in a big way, perhaps a response to getting up at 5:30am. Although I’ve since weaned myself off it and actually feel much less tired without coffee in the morning.
Yes I completely know what you mean… Unfortunately I can’t do the sugar thing any more because of an allergy, but coffee is essential. These substances feel like nectar after an early-morning practice… And maybe as your body becomes more sensitive you get more of a hit from the sugar/caffeine, which is always fun!
I used to be a serious coffee addict and couldn’t even contemplate doing my morning practice without first having a cup of strong, straight, black coffee. But I’ve now given it up and I do feel better for it. Apart from the initial withdrawal period, I now find I actually feel more awake in the morning and throughout the day and my practice is better, probably because my energy levels are more constant, naturally!
Sweet tooth? well I think I’ve probably always had one of them ;o)
Sometimes when you do something ‘harsh’ that you perhaps feel is a sometimes a punishment, i.e. getting up early or doing a strenuous form of exercise, your mind seeks to reestablish balance with a ‘treat’.
Thanks for the comments guys (or girls rather)
Louise, I definitely agree that my body/mind seems more sensitive. I’m increasingly aware of how food affect mood too…
Ginny, I have the same experience with feeling more awake and generally less tired without Coffee.
Hi Catherine, thanks for the comment. I’m not sure I’d use the word ‘harsh’ I’d prefer to use the word ‘challenging’, I do agree that there is an element of rewarding myself. The funny thing is that I don’t find it challenging getting up at 5:30am anymore, although my practice is certainly challenging.
I think the attitude with which you approach your practice is almost as important as the practice itself.