While you are practicing yoga,you may decide that you would like to try to follow the eating guidelines and habits of a yogi.
But, if you like, you can try a traditional yoga diet, or at least to follow some guidelines.These tips might be useful to implement, if you decide that you want to be a true yogi.
Which Dosha are You?
If you have never heard of it, Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest health care systems. It originated in India and it is deeply connected with yoga.
In Ayurveda, each person has a dosha, or a body type. Each of the dosha’s,(vatta,pitta and kapha),comes with specific types of food that are best for it and that keep it in balance.
- Vatta type should eat naturally sweet, sour and salty foods
- Pitta type should eat naturally sweet, astringent and bitter foods
- Kapha type should eat bitter, spicy and astringent foods
Fresh Food And Foods To Be Avoid
Processed food is considered as “dead food”.It doesn’t have as much life force energy as fresh food, therefore fresh food is recommended for yogis(and for everyone else in general).
Certain foods should be avoided in the yogi diet. These include foods that are overripe, fermented or rotten, which can include overripe fruit and alcohol. Some ancient yoga texts even recommend staying away from all spicy, sour or bitter foods. However, you will decide whether or not to follow them.
Yoga traditionally goes along with a vegetarian diet. The reasons for this are that, meat can come with numerous health risks that meat goes against the nonviolent beliefs of yogis, and that it doesn’t contribute to the best balance, both for your mind, body and soul.
You can try to become a vegetarian, or simply cut down on meat. No one is saying you have to stop eating meat, but at least try to cut down your intake.By being selective of the quality types, you will notice a difference. Yogis are not traditionally vegans, as they include dairy in their diets.
Cook Your Own Meals
Cooking at home is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. When you put yourself into a preparing a meal,you also put your love in it,and everyone will notice that the meals you’ve prepared taste great.
This cooking process creates a unique healing energy, that can only be found in your kitchen. If you are not accustomed to cooking, just take your time. Start really simple and don’t be afraid to make lots of mistakes! Just like your yoga practice — the more you practice, the more comfortable you will feel.
Go local and ask around where to find the closest organic farms market.Eating local does a few things — it gives you seasonal food, and you’re also supporting the local farmers in your area.
You will also take comfort in knowing whether or not the foods have been treated with pesticides. If it costs a few cents more to go organic, then go for it. Your health is more important.
Prepare your meals with great attention and love. Notice how do they look, their texture and feel their taste.Eat slower and enjoy every bite you take.Feel every ingredient that you have put while preparing your meal.
It rises your consciousness and healing power of concentration.
Eat,pray and love!