Hey yoga lovers, in this post i mention that what should yogic diet be? Many people are a little confused that vegan diet is the same as yogic diet. Actually they are similar but not same. What is a yogic diet ?
Sorting through all the fads, a yogic diet follows some pretty simple rules. Actually the yogic diet should include the following things.
A yogic diet should be Sattvic.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, there are three qualities (gunas) of all things in nature: 1) Raja (hot, spicy, fast), 2) Tama (slow, lethargic, bland), and 3) Sattva (purity, harmony). These three qualities are present in all things, but in different amounts, making one quality dominant.
Rajasic foods are hot, bitter, dry, salty, or spicy. They overstimulate the mind and excite the passions.
In contrast, tamasic foods are bland and include meat, alcohol, tobacco, garlic, onions, fermented foods, and overripe substances.
Sattvic food is the purest diet, the most suitable one for any serious yoga student. It nourishes the body and maintains a peaceful state. This, in turn, calms and purifies the mind, enabling it to function at its maximum potential.
Sattvic foods include:
wholemeal bread fresh fruit and vegetables pure fruit juices milk butter and cheese legumes nuts seeds sprouted seeds honey and herb teas
A yogic diet should be vegetarian.
Many people especially meat-eaters thought that high amount of protein that comes from meat. Truly, animal products have hight amount of protein. But what about quality ?
Animal protein contains too much uric acid and other toxins to be broken down by the liver; some are eliminated, but the rest are deposited in the joints and tissues, leading to problems such as arthritis and cancer.
In addition, uric acid is a toxin that also makes it harder to reach the higher, clear meditative state because it is an irritant in the bloodstream.
Meat is also among the greatest sources of cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, hardening of the arteries, and senility. Meat takes three days to pass through the digestive system. For optimum health, men need to digest food within 24 hours, women 18 hours.
Nuts, dairy products, leafy greens, and legumes are full of high-quality protein. Their main residue is cellulose, which is inert, and does not pollute the body. It is readily digestible, utilized by the body quickly and efficiently.
A yogic diet should be free of chemicals and stimulants.
You should eat organic ones and avoid caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners. These substances are not healthy for the body and alter the mind, making it more difficult to concentrate on the Divine.
A yogic diet should contain fresh foods.
If possible, always prepare a fresh meal. Frozen, prepared, packaged and left-over foods should be avoided, only taking in the freshest and the best.
A yogic diet should be at regular intervals.
If you train your body to eat at regular times, it better utilize its energy throughout the day as it anticipates intake of calories at these times. The body has cycles, and functions best when these cycles are regular and steady.
Avoiding food two hours before exercise or sleep helps the body function at its best capacity. Ensuring proper time for digestion before sleep helps to keep the mind clear.
During sleep body can utilize energy efficiently to repair tissue damage and fight infection, instead of for digestion.
Take time to fast.
The yogis recommend once a week to fast. A fast means that not to allow something to enter the body. Or, it can include water and fruit juices. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that the goal of your fast is to purify the body and mind.
The first of the yoga observances (yamas), ahimsa or nonviolence can be applied to the food we eat. Making environmentally – conscious health choices that do not harm other people, animals, or the planet takes conscious awareness. For example choose to buy refillable bottle drinks which is much more environmentally – conscious.