One becomes very aware during these lunches of eating to live, rather than living to eat.
Healthy, wholesome food plays a key role on your retreat. Think of your menu plan as your dietary prescription, or food meds. Unlike Western concepts of nutrition with its focus on calories, fats, cholesterol and serving sizes, Ayurveda advocates personalized meal plans based on your body type, or dosha. These individualized meals work with your body constitution to help you achieve your health goals such as weight loss or gain, lowering of blood pressure, stabilizing of blood sugar, or simply de-stressing.
You might find yourself eating fresh pineapple for breakfast while others are served porridge, or banana.
Lunches are served on glossy green banana leaves and eaten en plein air with a view of the lagoon. Homemade buttermilk aids digestion and a large variety of delicately spiced vegetables, rice, potatoes are served in small portions. Yes, you can have seconds, even thirds!
Dinners are served by the pool or in the main dining room and it is hard not to be aware of the love and attention the chefs have used in the preparation of your food. It all seems effortless but we promise that your food has been prepared with thought, dedication and love.
Depending upon your body type you might have homemade buttermilk, which aids digestion, along with a large variety of delicately spiced lentils, vegetables and red rice served in small portions. Yes, you can have seconds, even thirds !
You will eat two of your meals in silence. While this may sound daunting, it needn’t worry you. Most people find the experience a revelation, as it allows you to engage with your own private rhythms of breath, something that generally eludes up in social or boisterous settings. Sonali believes that we hold our emotions in our gut and that the practice of silent eating connects us to the quiet rhythms of chewing, breathing, swallowing and helps us reclaim the fire of our digestion. Silence reinforces that you are on a retreat: a retreat from the world, into ourselves to understand our pure self.