Yogic diet reflects the first principle of yoga, Ahimsa.
According to yogis, a healthy diet brings NO HARM to any conscious living being.
Typically, a yogic diet is a vegetarian diet.
In certain rare situations (as in the case of Eskimos) the argument has been made: "What causes more harm:
to kill an animal for food for your own survival
or to allow your own body deteriorate from lack of food?"
Some would argue that point.
Personally for me, living in the modern culture, with the easy access to a wide variety of healthful foods, the choice is clear:Go Vegan.
Vegan diet causes the least harm to our body, to our animal brothers and sisters, and to the health of the planet.
I wouldn't advise this choice to everyone right away, but, in my humble opinion, vegan diet is the most yogic diet.
Try it for a few weeks.
You may be surprised at how good you feel not to digest flesh all the time. Healthy Yogic Habit: For three weeks,
avoid all meat, fish, and poultry.
Don't worry about getting enough protein. That's a myth created by the Meat and Dairy Industries and their heavily-sponsored 'puppet' U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Most green foods have plenty of readily available protein in the form of amino-acids.
For more insights and advice about what foods are the best, browse this website.
Since the goal of yoga is to calm and still the mind, anything that disturbs your peace of mind, or brings a violent reaction in the body, should be avoided.
Thus, the yogic diet is fairly bland for the Western taste buds.
Any heavily processed and over-stimulating foods such as hot peppers, garlic, onion, strong spices, processed sugar foods, and alcohol are avoided.Healthy Yogic Habit: For three weeks,
avoid the above-mentioned
processed and overstimulating foods.
Notice how it affects your sense of well-being and how much it calms the mind.
In India, the yogic diet includes dairy products because, normally, the milk comes from a cow who receives plenty of love and care in her life.
Thus, the cow's milk contains the love and the care, and is healing to the body, according to Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India.
In the West, cow's milk comes from dairy farms, few of which are free-range and organic.
This means that the cows are kept in tiny stalls all of their lives, given unnatural corn-meal as 'food', receive no love and care, and kept impregnated over and over to be lactating to produce the milk.
What kind of energy does that milk contain?
When we buy a carton of milk in the supermarket, it may contain the milk of hundreds of different cows. Cow's milk in India comes from one cow.
In the West, the milk contains antibiotics and growth hormones to keep the cows 'healthy' and produce more milk. In India, the milk is just the milk.
In the West, the milk is pasteurized to kill any healthy and unhealthy bacteria. The healthy kind helps to digest the milk proteins. Without that healthy bacteria, the milk is practically indigestible by most people (hence, lactose-intolerant).
And finally, what happens to the calves who are born when the mother cows give birth all the time?
In India, the calves hang out with their moms. In the West, they are taken to the slaughterhouse as part of the lucrative Veal Industry.
So in the end, diary products are not that peaceful after all.
This begs a question: Should the Yogic Diet really include dairy?
It depends on your situation:
Unless you are in India, or have your own cow, or have access to a happy cow's raw milk, skip the dairy. But don't be violent to your own body either, so phase it out gradually.Healthy Yogic Habit~ Over the next three weeks,
reduce your intake of dairy products.
See how it affects you. You may feel a lot more energy, need less sleep, and experience better eyesight.
The Yogic Diet also refers to the way we eat.
For example, what is more peace-full: to eat slowly, mindfully, chewing each bite for a long time, savoring the flavors, smelling the aromas, and breathing calmly, or to gulp the food down, while multi-tasking?Yogic Healthy Habit: For three weeks,
make a point to eat peace-fully:
savor the flavors, smell the aromas, breathe,
and chew until you can drink each bite.
|Disclaimer: The contents of this website are based upon the opinions, research, and experiences of Surya (Slava Kolpakov), unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to treat, prescribe, diagnose, or replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional or yoga therapist and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.|