Sometime in her early 20s, Avril Betoushana decided she'd never subject herself to another diet.
"I would just become more obsessed," says the 36-year-old Ashland resident. "Even if you're being a total health fanatic, you're not necessarily enjoying your food."
Her obsessions were only reinforced, says Betoushana, while working in a Los Angeles-area cardiac catheterization lab with its constant discourse about fats and cholesterol. She succumbed to a craving for meat during pregnancy despite years of being a vegetarian. But it wasn't until Betoushana took a local yoga workshop that combines the Eastern discipline with nutritional counseling that she could appreciate the process of cooking and consuming meat.
"I would call it an awareness because you can leave the class and you don't have to do anything; you just look at food differently."