Fire Life

Summer Barbecue the Yoga Way!

By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle

Every summer there are a lot of parties, picnics, and barbecues. Eating healthy and choosing nourishing choices for your body and mind are intelligent decisions that will keep you feeling energized and looking good all summer. Eat smart and with awareness and you can enjoy all the summer fun and still feel great! There are many techniques to incorporate into your eating as you have union “yoga “with your family, friends, and food!

It is important and part of the yoga philosophy to be aware of the principle of “giving and receiving.” You should give a gift to everyone you encounter, whether it be a material gift, a compliment, or even a silent wish for them to be happy and healthy. So this summer when you go to someone’s barbecue or party, you can bring something to eat.  You can bring a veggie platter that consists of celery, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, olives, radishes, and so much more. The dip can be made with plain yogurt and a packet of dried onion soup instead of sour cream. It tastes just as good and is a healthier choice. Now you can fill up on veggies instead of potato chips and french fries.



When it comes time for the hot dogs and hamburgers, you have a couple of choices. You can scoop out some of the bread from the middle of the bun or roll or omit the bread completely and just have the meat. This is the lighter choice. Remember, water with lemon is better than soda or juice. You should drink water all day in between your cocktails. You will feel better, stay hydrated, and look younger.

Most of all give thanks to the food and friends for this time of “union.” There is so much to be grateful for! Celebrate food, and when you do eat that piece of chocolate cheesecake or potato chips, make the sound of “mmmm,” and enjoy! Happy summer!

Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.” 




Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.