Eat to live, Don’t live to eat!
Yoga recommends a vegetarian diet because studies suggest that veggie food create harmony between the body and mind. Consuming meat has been linked with violent emotions and stimulation of excessive desire.
SAY YES TO SATTVIC FOOD:
A yogic diet ideally means a sattvic or pure food diet. A balance of fresh fruit, vegetables, cooked whole grains, milk, legumes, nuts and seeds, with a combination of both raw and cooked foods.
THUMBS DOWN TO RAJASIC FOODS:
These are oily and spicy foods. They create heaviness and impatience. Meat, fish, onion and garlic fall under this group.
KEEP AWAY FROM TAMASIC FOODS:
This includes foods that are old and stale. They lower energy and cause laziness. They include foods that are not cooked properly or chewed well and processed foods.
Fill the stomach half full with food. A quarter should be left for water or liquids. The last quarter should be left empty for digestion to take place. This space is necessary for the stomach to churn the food with the digestive juices.
STICK TO REGULAR FOOD TIMINGS:
Timing of meals should be fixed. The body begins to release digestive secretions at a certain time. Do not skip meals so that the body doesn’t keep getting into panic mode and decides to store excess fat.
CONSUME FRESH FOOD:
Don’t eat imported or processed food. Always try to eat what is local and fresh.
Don’t eat when negative, angry or depressed. How you think, affects your digestion.
Eat only when you are happy and peaceful. When you eat focus, feel and appreciate every mouthful. Eat slowly and be thankful for the food that has been given to you.