Ever wondered what is so special about the way yogis eat? Here’s revealing some of the top secrets of yogis that can help attain a balance between the mind, body and soul.
An alkaline start-
There is a build-up of toxins and acids in our bodies overnight; hence a ritual of lemon water on an empty stomach is very dear to yoga. It is extremely alkaline, detoxifies and wakes up all the organs much better than coffee does.
In ancient texts, there is no mention of cabs, proteins and fats. Food is divided into sattvic, raja sics, and tama sic. Sattvic diet is one that leads to clarity of mind and physical health. It is plant-based, light, extremely alkaline and eco-friendly-like fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts and grains.rajasic is more stimulating, heat producing, rich and acidic, which includes meat, eggs, pickles, tea/coffee.tamasic diet leads to dullness and lethargy. it includes alcohol, sugary foods, and beverages.
Everything in yoga is related to prana (life force). Food which has prana gives us physical and emotional strength. Cooked food is of less importance- heat destroys its fiber, nutrients and enzymes to quite an extent. So are canned, frozen, microwave, or highly processed foods. Raw food, as intended by nature, gives us all vitamins and minerals- and in the most bioavailable form. The method of sprouting is given top importance as its one of the best ways to consume functional live enzymes.
Yoga believes that accumulation of toxins breeds disease. Wrong eating habits, exposure to chemicals, build-up of negative emotions lead to an imbalance of mind and body. Fasting is one of the most common practices that can counter-balance this. There are various ways of fasting; water fast, fruit fast, giving up one or two meals in a day.
A famous yogic once said; “the greatest enemy of health and long life is overeating”. There is a term in yoga called “mithara”, which means moderate eating, leaving one quarter of the stomach reserved for the movement of air. This eating style is easy on digestion and in quantities that can keep the body and mind clear and light.
Yogic nutrition is incomplete without ghee, coconut oil and soaked nuts? Seeds. They make food appetizing, digestible and satisfying. They help in healing the mind too. The presence of fats in the body improves memory, neural conductivity and mental well-being.