Diet According To Yoga – Yoga Diet Plan
Yoga is but moderation in everything that we do. This applies even to our food intake. A person who seriously practices any form of Yoga like asanas and meditative techniques should definitely ‘eat to live and not live to eat’.. If a person is doing his Sadhana (spiritual practices) seriously, he will naturally begin to get detached from worldly things like food and wealth. People wonder if yoga leads to weight loss and it does, through the detachment from food. Years of Sadhana will naturally make a person smart in choosing food as he/she knows through experience, the foods conducive to their Sadhana and the foods not conducive to their Sadhana.
But today, we are desperately trying to practice Yoga whenever we are ‘free’. Yoga is not a priority in many people’s lives, but just something we do to keep ourselves fit and calm. We only focus on yoga for weight loss. This is not really a bad thing, but our progress in the inner journey may be a little delayed because of us being slack. Because of our irregular practice, it also becomes necessary for us to ‘collect knowledge’ as to what to eat and what not to eat.
In Yoga, food is seen as a carrier of the life force called prana and is judged by the quality of its prana and by the effect it has on our consciousness. Ahimsa or non-violence is the first virtue of Yoga and hence Yoga practitioners should try to avoid eating non vegetarian food. It is also said that when the animal is being killed, it undergoes a lot of suffering and pain, and this gives undesirable qualities to the food when it is eaten, and ultimately influences us in a negative way. ‘Live foods’ are recommended as diet, meaning those foods which are rich in their pranic content. Foods grown in harmony with nature, on good soils, ripened naturally, cooked in the right manner and with the right attitude of love become ‘Live food’. Some people even refer to raw food as ‘Live food’ since many essential vitamins and minerals are retained in raw food, and destroyed when cooked.
Foods and Diet For Yoga Practitioner while Practicing Yoga:
• Fresh, sweet fruits of all types, preferably taken whole.
• All vegetables except onions and garlic,
• Whole grains, such as rice, wheat and oats.
• Ideally beans like mung, aduki and tofu, other types in moderation. Hatha Yoga tells us to avoid horse gram. Generally, the smaller the bean, the easier to digest. Strategies to improve digestion include splitting, peeling, grinding, soaking, sprouting, cooking and spicing.
• Not overly roasted or salted nuts and seeds such as almonds, coconuts, walnuts, pecans .
• Butter, ghee (clarified butter) and all good natural plant-based oils like olive and sunflower. Sesame and mustard should we avoided.
•Dairy products like milk, ghee, and cottage cheese from dairy animals who’ve been treated well.
• Natural sugars such as jaggery, honey, maple syrup and molasses.
• Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, cumin, coriander, turmeric, mint, basil, fenugreek and other such sweet spices.
• Herbal teas, natural water and fresh juices, particularly of the lemony kind.
• Foods prepared with love and consciousness, eaten by chewing properly and eaten with awareness and in moderation.
Foods and Diet to Avoid While Practicing Yoga:
• Meat, fish and eggs.
• Artificial, processed and junk foods.
• Canned food, except naturally canned fruits and tomatoes.
• Animal fats, margarine and poor quality oils.
• Factory farm dairy products.
• Garlic, onions and other over-spiced food.
• Fried food.
• White sugar and white flour.
• Artificial sweeteners.
• Old, stale, over and reheated food.
• Alcohol, tobacco and all other stimulants.
• Micro waved and irradiated food.
• Genetically engineered food.
•Foods eaten in a disturbed environment or eaten too quickly.
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