The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, known as the Days of Awe, are spiritually significant. This is a time of deep introspection and traditionally, a time to seek reconciliation with people. It’s an opportunity for change.
What if we included our bodies in the Days of Awe spiritual practice?
Food and eating is a way of shaping your lived experience. So it follows that if your desire is to have a specific spiritual experience, altering your current eating habits could support that desire.
As a bonus, if you’re eating healthy for the ten days leading up to Yom Kippur, it also helps with the Yom Kippur fasting.
Everyone’s desired experience and circumstances are different, especially during the Days of Awe, so I wanted to share multiple ways of eating healthier after Rosh Hashanah and before Yom Kippur. There’s truly something for everyone in the list below, regardless of your location, family size, income, or current diet.
Here are 8 ways to eat healthier during the Days of Awe:
- Eat a plant-based diet
- Eat simple meals
- Consciously cease eating before you feel full
- Practice daily movement
- Eat kosher meat or eat meat for only one meal a day
- Eat your favorite fruits and vegetables
- Abstain from processed food
- Give up caffeine, alcohol, and/or dairy
Pick one of the items from the list above that delights you.
Preparation is key, so be sure to support yourself with your healthy eating change during these ten days by gathering the necessary food supplies (and removing any temptation food from your home) and by enlisting the support of your family or friends who will be around during this time.
In the comments, tell me which healthy habit you’re going to try during the Days of Awe?