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Talkin' Scents about our Relationship with Food with Myra Lewin

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Breaking up, making up with food Yoga, Ayurveda teacher tells readers how to find freedom in their relationship with food MAUI, Hawaii – When fighting spouses realize the relationship isn’t working, they typically do one of two things: Go to counseling, or file for divorce. Similarly, disgruntled employees have a few options at a toxic workplace: They can take it up with superiors, or file their two weeks’ notice. So when faced with obesity, diabetes, or a similar affliction, shouldn’t unhealthy people renegotiate the terms of their food relationship? In her new release Freedom in Your Relationship with Food: An Everyday Guide (Synergy Books, January 2009, ISBN 9780- 9815462-1-6, $16.95), Yoga and Ayurveda teacher Myra Lewin shows us how to stop our food fights. Using Ayurvedic principles, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food dispels the myth that freedom is eating what you want, when you want. Instead, Lewin helps readers identify the cause of their disorders – be it excess weight, moodiness, fatigue and more – and offers practices for self-healing through increased awareness and eating practices. “Modern culture has lost touch with the sacred nature of food and eating,” says Lewin. “In this time of so-called scientific progress, many foods are genetically engineered and come from an environment polluted with pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. Your food likely traveled hundreds of not thousands of miles to get to you. As it ages, all food loses flavor, nutritional content, and benefit to you as a consumer. Eating lifeless food made appealing with ingredients such as salt and sugar dulls your taste buds and knocks your system out of balance. You then look for food with stronger added tastes to satisfy your senses – a vicious cycle.” In Freedom in Your Relationship with Food, Lewin demonstrates how eating can be a spiritual act, rather than an on-thefly, half-conscious reflex. By outlining “doshas” – the o