The relationship between yoga practice and your diet

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Is the practice that changes your diet or is it the diet that affects your practice? What do the ancient texts say about yogic food and how can it be adapted to today's world?

The type of food we are looking for reflects our development. The state of consciousness is revealed from the nature of the food one chooses. Yoga and Ayurveda empathizes a purely vegetarian or sattvic diet - a diet that helps the development of sattva, the supreme quality of love, peace and consciousness.

The Bhagavad Gita says:

    Men who are pure (sattva) like pure foods: those who bring health, mental power, strength and long life; They are tasty, soothing and nutritious, and they give happiness to the heart of man.

    Rajasic men like rajasic food. Acid and bitter, salty and dry, which brings heaviness, disease and pain.

    The men of darkness (tamas) eat rancid and insipid food, rotten or from the previous day, impure, unfit as a holy offering.

What is a satvic diet? 

The basis of sattva is the attitude of ahimsa (non-violence). A sattvic diet is primarily vegetarian, which seeks to avoid any product that involves killing or harming animals. Satvic foods should be natural and fresh foods, preferably organic, and should be taken as naturally as possible, raw, steamed or lightly cooked.

 Among the satvic foods we can find the following: ·        

  • Cereals such as quinoa, oats, rice, millet, corn, etc. Cereals will serve to provide our body with carbohydrates and amino acids that serve to synthesize proteins.·        
  • Legumes that provide protein.·        
  • Dairy products such as milk or butter. When consuming dairy products, it must be done in moderation. An excess of dairy consumption increases mucus production and makes breathing difficult.·        
  • Tubers, like the ones offered in our products! High in nutrition, low in fats and 100% organic!·        
  • Fruits and vegetables.When talking about fruits we also talk about juices from them. Juices provide vitamins, minerals and fiber to our body. In addition, they contain alkaline substances that serve to clean the blood.·        
  • Vegetable oils such as sesame, olive, coconut or ghee (clarified butter)·        
  • Nuts and seeds such as nuts, almonds, sesame, etc.·        
  • Sweeteners that are used in the satvic diet should be natural such as honey, molasses or maple syrup.·        
  • Sweet spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, cumin, coriander, curcuma, mint and basil.·        
  • Herbal infusions, natural water and fruit juices.·        
  • Food prepared with the attitude of love and awareness.

The era of bad food 

The right diet is not only a matter of type of food, but also of the quality of food and the quality of food in our culture is generally low. Poor food quality begins with poor soils, chemical fertilizers, and the use of insecticides and herbicides, with unknown long-term effects. Poor food quality is aggravated by premature harvest, artificial maturation, long transport and refrigeration that often eliminates any possible vitality of the plant. In addition to all this comes food processing, which may include irradiation, freezing and preserving, along with additives and preservatives of all kinds. As if this were not enough, our cooking procedures involve microwaves, and an excess use of oils, fats, sugar, salt and spices. The result is that we are not eating our food, it is our food that "eats us", providing not so much nutrition, but fertile soil for toxins. 

This modern food dilemma is making us more aware of our diets. We have to learn to grow our own food, support local and organic farmers, and become politically active in environmental issues. Food is the sacred root of life. If we compromise it, we are putting our own health and happiness at risk.

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Why you need healthy nutrition in your life

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Proper nutrition based on healthy eating is a factor that helps us stay healthy and active. This is achieved by including all nutritive groups and content in the food pyramid in our daily diet in a balanced way. These food groups are made up of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, responsible for providing all the vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium and other nutrients that our body needs to stay healthy and therefore function properly.

Benefits of a good diet

Today, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of nutrition and the practice of some physical activity to maintain a healthy weight. However, the benefits of good nutrition go beyond having an ideal weight. Good nutrition also offers a number of additional benefits:

It reduces the risk of some diseases, including heart conditions, diabetes, stroke, some types of cancer and osteoporosis

Regulates blood pressure

Regulates intestinal transit

Regulates high cholesterol

Improves the immune capacity to fight diseases

Improves the ability to recover from a disease or injury quickly

Provides the necessary energy to keep you active all day

Helps you look younger longer due to the consumption of necessary antioxidants

It helps you live a longer, healthier life

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How a good diet is the ideal complement to yoga, meditation and other practices

In other articles on our site we told you about the various benefits of having yoga sessions, meditation and other practices that seek to feed and strengthen the spirit, body and mind. We also told you that these practices need healthy habits to make sense within a whole. The habit of healthy eating is surely the most important of them all.

Healthy eating will not only give your body (including the brain) everything it needs to be "fit" (read, prepared). Also, it is directly related to the way in which our moods behave, our predisposition to different factors of life and - although it sounds repetitive - our mental strength for the adoption of healthy habits.

There are preventive aspects, which are the ones that will directly hinder any healthy practice (be it yoga, meditation, walking, etc.).For instance, excessive consumption of red meat or sugars will be detrimental to the quality of your exercising.

As in any sport and physical / mental practice, a balanced diet is recommended before and after it. The consumption of cereals, carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins must be balanced but it is necessary. A light feeding before and a blunt feeding after. We don’t think about quantity, but about everything that is quality and has been consumed in physical or mental practice.

 

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Why taking care of our nutrition in a yogic way

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A yoga practice does not change us only in the physical realm. As you move forward in the postures, the need to take yoga beyond your mat naturally appears.

The fact that yoga makes us stop to think about our diet has to do with your becoming more conscious at all levels:

  • Grow your attention to bodily sensations: identify which foods make you feel bad and which ones well.
  • Working with the body changes your perception of him and you try to take care of him more.
  • You realize that physical practice is much easier with light digestions.
  • You begin to be more aware of your impact on the environment (other living beings, environment ...).

But, whether you do yoga or not, you have surely noticed that the way you eat matters, and a lot.

We know that when we start binge eating and relying on junk foods we begin to see in a short time negative consequences at all these levels:

  • Mood
  • Power level
  • Intellectual performance
  • Global health status

For all this, today we are going to talk to you a little about what is meant in yoga by proper eating and we will see small changes that we can make in our dietary habits to get closer to this vision.

YOGICAL TRADITION AND FOOD 

Yoga is not just about practicing a series of postures, it is a lifestyle.That is why in many classical yoga texts reference is made to food.As always, I am going to talk to you about one of the fundamentals: the yoga sutras of Patanjali: 

The first two branches of yoga (yamas and niyamas) introduce us to certain general codes of behavior that we can apply to our relationship with food. Let's see four of them:   

Ahimsa: the principle of nonviolence. Basically, this is the reason why most yogis become vegetarians at some point. According to this principle, a yogi must not harm any living being. Does that mean you can't do yoga if you eat meat? Of course not. Because as I said, this is a path that everyone starts where they can. It is true that with continued practice many yogis leave the meat, but most were not vegetarians when they started with yoga.    

Brachmacharya: this yama talks about the importance of not making excesses. Originally he was referring above all to the issue of celibacy, but it can also be given meaning with regard to food.    

Saucha: this niyama means purity. In yoga the body is considered a gift to take care of, and therefore we have to provide nutritious food and avoid alcohol, tobacco, or any kind of harmful substance that will cause harm.    

Tapas: Finally, this niyama is about self-discipline. To have a healthy diet, it is necessary to have a certain level of discipline and not let ourselves be carried away by what we feel like in each moment or we will become slaves to our impulses.

Following these yoga foundations is a great way to change our mindset towards a better relationship with nutrition and our health.

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