Yogic Diet

A Yogic diet is a balanced diet that has huge influence not only over our physical well being , but also over our thoughts, and ultimately, over our emotional and spiritual well being. This diet can also be called lacto- vegetarian,which means it is made up of non-animal foods, other than dairy and honey. With continued awareness about the body through yoga, you may find that vegetarian foods become a natural choice for your routine. It will help you maintain that same light and energized feeling that you get through yoga.

In yogic literature, food is separated into 3 categories. The beneficial ones are grouped under Sattvic(pure). The Sattvic foods form an ideal diet, keeping the body nourished while being easy to digest. They create new energy, clarity and a calm mind. Impure foods can upset our physical and emotional balance. They are grouped under Tamasic(stale) and Rajasic(stimulating). Excess of any of these foods can cause restlessness, agitation and a distracted mind.

Sattvic

Cereal
Fresh Fruit
Vegetables
Milk/Butter
Nuts/Seeds/Lentils
Rice
Grain
Honey

Tamasic/Rajasic

Onion
Garlic
Fish
Meat
Eggs
Alcohol
Coffee/Tea
Overly Salty or Spicy foods and beverages

HOW TO START

Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. Cooking destroys much needed nutrients so try to eat these raw as much as possible. Whole grain products are a must for the fiber they contain, that keeps our metabolism healthy. Drink plenty of water. There is nothing better to flush impurities from your body. Respect the food you eat. Take your time and enjoy the meal. Even if you’re alone put out the good cutlery. Treat yourself as you would a guest.

Many believe that is it difficult to switch to a yogic diet. The thing to remember is that it is a gradual process like all of yoga. Let your taste buds slowly lose the taste for red meat by slowly cutting down. Make the process so gradual you don’t even notice it, then do the same for poultry and and then fish. Eating the right kind of food is essential to maintaining a healthy balance. A true yogic diet may seem challenging and strict. Not everyone wants to follow all the rules, but even applying a few of these suggestions to your diet will enhance your well-being. Even dedicated yoga practice will show limited improvement with an improper diet.

Make the effort to create a balance in your life with an yogic diet and you will reap the rewards.

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