How Yoga and Mindful Eating Helped Sherry Lose 16 lbs Without Effort

by | Jun 12, 2016

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As a lifelong healthy eater, Sherry wasn’t trying to lose weight. Sure she would have been happy to drop 5-10 lbs, but she was comfortable with her body and health. She even thought she was a mindful eater until a stressful event in her life caused her to start a consistent yoga practice.

Yoga, it turned out, became a catalyst to help her relieve stress and let go of difficult emotions. As she developed this talent during strenuous yoga poses, she noticed it began to translate into her eating behavior.

Without specifically trying to change anything, Sherry became more aware of her eating habits and started to eat more mindfully. As she did this she naturally started eating slower and being more thoughtful about her food choices.

To her surprise, she discovered she had been eating way more food than her body actually wanted or needed. She also started slowly changing the composition of her meals to be more plant-based, since this was more in line with what she was craving.

While she still enjoys sweets like chocolate cake on occasion, Sherry has embraced mindful eating and over the past year lost 16 lbs without actively trying to lose weight.

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8 Responses to “How Yoga and Mindful Eating Helped Sherry Lose 16 lbs Without Effort”

  1. leah says:

    Hi, Darya

    I’m a long time fan, and love how you put a scientist’s eye to fad diets, “healthy” products and poorly designed studies. While I get that the nut of this podcast (eat mindfully!) is totally in line with your philosophy, the beginning of the podcast seemed worthy of note.

    “Leaky gut syndrome” is generally the stuff of naturopath “doctors” and alternative health practitioners. It’s rejected as a diagnosis by the NHS in the UK; Science Based Medicine says “virtually no physician who has an understanding of the gastrointestinal physiology gives the disease credence.”

    I’m not sure what the right approach would have been — it’s not like I expected you to say “I question your daughter’s diagnosis!” because you’re not her (or a) doctor. Maybe getting right into her experience with mindfulness and how that affected her eating?

    Anyhow — I’m a big fan, and continue to be — I hope this doesn’t come across as too critical.

    • Darya Rose says:

      Yep, I know and I imagine stuff like this will come up again. My philosophy in health and life in general is to be open-minded if something works for someone. While I know medicine doesn’t recognize leaky gut, it also doesn’t offer a better answer at the moment, which is not at all helpful to anyone suffering from digestive issues. The diagnosis itself was less interesting to me here than the fact that the issue was resolved. Maybe one day science will be able to explain it, but until then I don’t see the harm in people experimenting with different foods to solve their issues for themselves.

  2. Amber says:

    I love all of your podcasts! I was hoping you would ask Sherry which method of Yoga she was using, and you did. However, I can’t find anymore information on the DVDs she mentioned. I believe it was Terra Yoga (if I heard her correctly). Do you have anymore information on that? I’ve practiced yoga in the past and it makes me very happy. I don’t know why I ever stop. Listening this morning makes me want to get into it again.

  3. Laurie says:

    I had my own pigeon pose moment last night on my yoga mat! Not entirely sure if my results will be as dramatic but it was interesting to experience.

    • Amber says:

      Laurie,
      Don’t leave us hanging like that. 🙂 Share your experience! I love hearing people’s stories…they are very motivational to me.

      Darya,
      I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. May you have a lifetime of sweet memories to smile over.

  4. I have been into yoga for several years now and as today I came across this article I immediately loved it and Sherrys story.

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