Eat Like a Yogi: Yoga food, nutrition and mindful eating.

Yogic way of nourishing.

For some of us, Yoga is what we do once or twice a week, or when we want to bring the balance into life or have fun with friends on the Saturday afternoon. For some, Yoga is what we breathe, feel and live every day. We care enough to make a real lifestyle change, including the way we eat. Here’s a little about the diet that can support yogic way of living.

The Yoga Diet isn’t about losing weight or being skinny. Instead, it’s about getting in line with nature and learning to eat in a way that connects you with yourself. Makes you content and happy about yourself.

Here’s a few thing to know if you want to eat like a  true Yogi:

Hydrate..

Support the lymphatic system (body’s natural detox pathways) by replacing your morning coffee with green tea; swop sodas for plain water or water with lemon. Have a cup of vegetable broth with lunch and at night enjoy a cup of turmeric, peppermint, roobios, or ginger tea. When craving sweets – reach for the Manuka honey instead.

Morning fuel..

Porridge is a favourite in yogic diet due to its warming and  energizing properties. Common porridge grains include oats, quinoa, rice, barley, amaranth, and millet. Don’t get carried away with adding dried fruits, sirups or sugar. Use fresh or frozen berries or fruits instead to keep your blood sugar in check. Cook your porridge with any suitable milk or water if you try to keep balanced weight. Porridge will provide the ultimate long-lasting energy needed for the yoga practice and for the day ahead.

Lunching..

Yogis knows that the digestive fire is greatest at noon, so it’s best to eat the largest meal during lunch time. Aim for lunch based of raw or cooked vegetables and salads with proteins. If you are vegan or vegetarian use tempeh, tofu, chickpeas, navy beans, or sprouted grains. Don’t forget about good fats and nourishing oils: olive, hemp, or flax oil and nuts, seeds avocados spring to mind.

Keep some space..

Yogis don’t snack. They keep the space in between meals to allow for optimal nutrient absorption as well as ensures digestion is complete before the next meal which also helps with food cravings to cleansing.

Before bed food..

As you know it takes at least 4 hours for the consumed food to fully digest so unless you eat about 6 hours before bed time you are going to bed with your dinner undigested. Hence sleep patten can be disturbed. So  it’s important to eat cooked foods but also a lighter meal than lunch, so keep portions small.  After dinner, have a hot cup of tea, broth, or some miso soup to soothe you to sleep.

Spice it up..

Yogis normally love and  consume a large amount and a variety of spices at at least one meal. These include: cardamom – helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys; ginger – relieving nausea, garam masala – helps improve digestion, black pepper – promotes intestinal health, cloves – anti-flatulent properties, nutmeg – contain antioxidants, cinnamon – fight bacteria, sage – natural antiseptic, fennel – excellent source of vitamin C, anise – decrease bloating, caraway – has healing power, mint – calming and soothing , basil – essential for blood clotting, cumin – reduce blood sugar, turmeric – improved ability to digest fats, parsley – excellent source of vitamin K.

These spices assist with digestion, alkalize the blood, improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and aid in cleansing and healing. So spice it up generously.

Yogi’s Attitude..

Eat with attitude of gratitude. Eat mindfully. Put your phone, iPad, newspaper, tv aside and take time to eat in piece. Zen out and enjoy every mouthful. It will make you more aware of your food and help you learn how to eat to nourish your body instead of just satisfying your hunger and cravings as well as  connects you with yourself and your body.

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