More To Learn About The Best Yoga Diet

The best yoga diet will always emphasize consuming non-animal sources of nutrition. Fruits, nuts and legumes will fill the dietary void and replace meat and animal products. The emphasis becomes one of diminishing any harm to other living things in order to sustain ourselves. That is the essence of ahimsa. Here is a very in depth piece at Tureya.Com I stumbled upon which does a nice job of putting this all into perspective.

More To Learn About The Best Yoga Diet

The dietary practices of an individual can vastly improve or diminish their quality of life. In yoga this belief is reinforced with the

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The best yoga diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts and is vegan focused. Photo by Jupiterimages c/o Photos.Com.

idea “you are what you eat.” While food alone may not compose the entirety of our being, is does greatly impact the functions of both our physical and mental body. Perhaps for the common man diet is one of the most prominent factors in their lives; if per chance they miss a meal or two or have improper eating habits their whole quality of life will decline quite rapidly. This is evidently true in many instances where dietary practices lead to such physical complication as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and such metal disorders as depression, anxiety, and anger. Wrong eating leads to an unsound body and mind, while healthy eating promotes a resilent body which reinforces a positive lifestyle.

The drawbacks of an unhealthy diet have been made outstandingly clear by western medical science. The more food we eat that is high in fat, loaded with salts and sugars, and packed with refined carbohydrates the more likely we are to see a gradual diminution of our physical appearance, biological health, mental stability, and overall wellbeing.

One of the first things that yoga therapy typically addresses with a patient is their dietary patterns. In the modern world, fast food and fried snacks have replaced wholesome diets that are organically bread and unaltered with preservatives or degenerative process. In addition to the lack of healthy eating, people have also adopted unhealthy eating patterns, consuming food sporadically throughout the day in with arbitrary snacks, eating despite a lack of hunger (usually out of boredom), having unscheduled meals, eating too late into the night, and improper mastication of food all contribute to and interfere with a healthy digestive process. Together these form a fertile soil for an endless amount of physical and mental diseases. A modification in the dietary practice may be sufficient enough to completely alter the quality of a individual’s life.

Refinement of the dietary practice is outlined clearly within the practice of yoga and should be observed in conjunction with a regular practice of the yogasanas. Modifications to the diet are usually done in conjunction with other techniques to help produce the most stable, sustainable, and progressive results in the practitioner. To help us better understand the system of maintain a healthy diet, yoga has divided food into three categories all part of the guna system. These are: Rajasik, Tamasik, and Sattvik food. Although each of these food dispositions can be encompassed within a diet, yoga always prefers a sattvic-centered diet above the rest because it tends to retain the greatest benefit to the individual’s overall wellbeing.

Rajasik Food

Rajasik foods are those foods which have a temperament of creating extra weight in the body, generating the sensation of heaviness. The food usually stays within the body for an extended period of time and is not easily digested. A commonly consumed example of a highly rajasik food is a single strip of beef usually referred to as steak which is cook in one thick slab and served as such a form of food which is very difficult for the body to masticate and digest. Rajasik foods also stimulate the feelings of passion and desire which are considered infelicitous because of their tendency in leading the mind towards dissolution and disconnection to the inner-spiritual life.

Tamasik Food

Tamasik foods are usually those foods which are heavily seasoned. Both vegetables and meats can be prepared in a tamasik manner. Over seasoning of salts, chilly, pepper, and garlic can make any food tamasik in nature. The repercussion of eating too much tamasik food is the development of a personality which is irritable and intolerant in nature. It also stimulates an overall dullness within the body and mind.

Sattvik Food

As mentioned previously, sattvik food is the most ideal form of food for a healthy and balanced body and mind. Opposed to common belief, sattvik foods can include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. What determines a food to be sattvik is primarily the manner in which it is prepared.  Sattvik foods usually contain little seasoning. Their basic nature is nutritious and easily digestible, cooked fresh with a concentration on preserving the nutrients in the food. For the practitioner of yoga, or one who seeks aid through the system of yoga, a sattvik diet should be maintained in order to help reinforce their spiritual practice.

In essence, the ideal diet for the yogic practitioner is one that is concentrated upon healthy, fresh, nutritious, and lightly seasoned foods. They should also be easily digestible, supporting the digestive enzymes. Highly acidic or base/bitter foods can affect the digestive acids, leading to hyper or hypo-acidity.

Below we shall discuss some of the most symbiotic as well as most antagonistic foods that are a common part of the average western diet. Of course selecting the most notorious and healthy foods is the goal of the yogic practitioner.

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The best yoga diet will always be vegan-based simply for health reasons if for no other. The path that follows ahimsa will lead you to vegan dietary practices eventually.

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