An Introduction –
Diet plays a crucial role in the maintenance and restoration of health.
Individuals who do not take proper diet or do not follow proper dietary habits invariably
bring upon themselves a host of diseases.
Everything that we eat is food for our souls. Yogis believe that food is the creator of
prana (life force) that sustains our bodies and brings us vitality and health. Therefore,
the types of foods we choose to eat reflect the level of our conscious development. The
diet is recommended according to the nature of the disease and the condition of the
patient. In yoga, food has been classified as Rajasic, Tamasic, and Satvic.
Yoga Diet- Satvic
Satvic or pure diet enhances vitality, strength, vigor and happiness. Satvic foods are fresh, fragrant, and tasty. These include naturally grown foods, without additives, such as fresh vegetables and fruits.
Yoga Diet- Rajasic
Food with little or no nutrient value or food that are dried, excessively spicy or reheated are considered to be Rajasic. It includes chocolates,
chips, papad, bread, Coffee, onion, Garlic, chilies etc. Concentrated sources of protein, such as meat, fish and eggs are also Rajasic.
Yoga Diet- Tamasic
Tamasic or impure foods have a negative and harmful effect on the body and the mind. They actually drain their resources. Tamasic diet is stale, spoiled, tasteless, nonvegetarian, unhygienic and adulterated food, with preservatives.
Types of food according to the Distribution of Pranic energy
! Negative effect of Nervous Stimulant diet.
! Sensitivity of life depends on your diet.
! Yogic diet for Instant weight loss.
! Yogic diet for common ailments.
! Instant detoxification through Yogic diet.
! Stress-releasing Yogic diet.
! Best diet for muscle flexibility.
There are 3 types of food according to the distribution of Pranic Energy.
- Positive Pranic food
- Negative Pranic food
- Zero Pranic food
Negative Pranic food
From this some of few things having a very powerful medicinal quality so Its one thing to consume anything as medicine & It’s entirely different thing to consume as daily food.
Zero Pranic food
Margarine, vegetable oil spread
Spirits, commercial beers Cheese-flavoured
Positive Pranic food
Rajas – Active or involve in the world without necessary Awareness. After some time you will be frustrated.
Sattva – Live full of your Consciousness.
Yes! Because caffeine is a stimulant it will affect your body negatively if you
suddenly stop consuming it. You can expect to feel anxious, irritable, and drowsy.
Fresh food contains much more Pranic Energy than dietary supplements.
Your relation to food is an indicator of your relationship to other aspects of your life. What you put in your body has a direct effect not only on your body but also on your mind and soul on how you lead your life. If your food is full of Prana, a life force, it will give you the ability to live your life to your fullest potential. Food that is pure, full of Prana, and prepared with love, meditation, and good healing vibrations gives you much more than just the feeling of satisfaction to the taste buds. It nourishes your body, mind, senses, and soul while increasing physical
energy, positive thinking, creativity, longevity, and heightened awareness of life in all its beauty. It brings you closer to the Divine state.
The twelve principles of Yogic meals
Sattvic food – Food that is primarily whole foods, plant-based, lightly spiced, using no oil so that you feel refreshed and charged.
Six tastes of Ayurveda – Sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent and bitter.
Meals that incorporate all these tastes are satiating and flavourful. Three constitutions in Ayurveda – According to Ayurveda, we are either one or a combination of two or all three doshas (body constitutions): vata (air/ether), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth/water). When you eat according to your constitution you help maintain equilibrium in your body.
Well-balanced – A common cause for indigestion and lack of energy after a meal is more often an imbalance in the combinations and proportions of proteins, carbs and fat. A meal that is balanced in these gives you a boost of energy and vitality.
Right portion – The quantity of food we need varies a little every day based on our daily activity. Eat only as much as you are hungry and only when you are hungry. For optimum digestion, it is recommended to eat a little less than you desire. Other helpful tips are eating in smaller servings rather than one big serving, eating out of a soup bowl inside of a big dinner plate.
Healthy variety – Meals prepared using a variety of vegetables, roots, greens, fresh herbs, whole grains, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and spices all provide the complete range of nutrients.
Fresh, local, and organic – Eating freshly picked organic produce from the local farmer’s market helps your local economy, helps create a community and ensures that you get the best and freshest food that tastes the best that it can and is full of all the nutrients.
Seasonal – Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables helps you keep in sync with the cycles of nature. Your body’s need for certain food changes according to the seasons of the year. For example, your desire to eat more fresh green, hydrating vegetables in the summer complements the optimum season for these vegetables just as your desire for dense warming vegetables like winter squash and beets coincides with its abundance in the colder climates. You get the most nutritive value out of a fruit or vegetable when it is eaten in its season.
Cooking tools – It’s important to take into consideration the utensils and equipment you cook with. They have to be as natural as possible. Plastic, aluminum, non-stick, anodized cooking utensils may leech toxins into the food so using stainless steel, wood, cast iron, ceramic or glass is the safest.
Avoiding tamasic (thought to promote pessimism, ignorance, laziness, criminal tendencies, and doubt), or toxic Ingredients – Avoid food prepared using plastic, aluminum, non-stick, and anodized steel utensils; food that is microwaved, canned or pre-made; food containing processed and refined ingredients like oils, white flour, white sugar, salt and sugar substitutes, corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavouring, artificial coloring, packaged or stored in plastic containers or aluminum.
Cooking method – Cook food only to the extent to make it digestible, while retaining most of its nutritive value. It’s important to follow certain processes to retain the nutrients, such as steaming vegetables, soaking and sprouting beans and lentils and rinsing grains well before cooking.
A special ingredient – Preparing a meal with a positive intention, love and healing vibrations, mantras and prayers makes it even more potent and rich with healing properties.
Many people feel frustrated in their inability to lose unwanted fat, resulting in a dramatic increase in demand for the “magic bullet” to lose weight, such as diet pills or weight loss surgery.
These methods may seem effective in the short term, but it’s not uncommon for people to gain back the weight they lose because they don’t know how to maintain a healthy weight. Dramatic weight loss methods also carry risks of serious side effects, whether from surgery, pills, or just rapid weight loss—all of which can be a tremendous strain on the body. It’s important to realize that no matter what method of weight loss you use, significant diet and lifestyle changes are necessary to successfully lose weight and keep it off. In fact, changing your
diet and lifestyle habits is not only the most effective way to normalize your weight, but also the safest.
1. Curb Emotional Eating
One of the most common causes of obesity is emotional eating, and this can be one of the most difficult habits to overcome for a person who wants to lose weight. It’s very important to spend at least a little time every day cultivating conscious relaxation. Conscious relaxation helps your brain go into an entirely different, more positive mode. It also lowers your blood pressure and reduces the amount of the stress hormone cortisol released into your body, and this can be helpful for losing weight, especially abdominal fat.
There are different ways to induce what is known as the “relaxation response.” You can use hatha yoga asanas, yoga breathing such as pranayama, tai chi, chikung, meditation, and so on. Yoga Sound Meditation is particularly effective for inducing the relaxation response as it also eases the fears, worries, and concerns that drive us to emotional eating.
2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Modern research has shown that we all have a limited amount of willpower. Willpower can be increased to a certain degree, but it is a finite resource. So it’s very important when embarking on a healthier lifestyle not to rely on willpower alone. One of the first steps in eliminating temptation is simply to clear out the pantry, fridge, and freezer of unhealthy items and replace them with more nutritious alternatives.
3. Control Cravings
One of the best ways to control cravings is through prevention. Simply by making positive, appealing changes to our diet, we can actually change our tastes and cravings! It takes a bit of effort, in the beginning, to learn how to make better choices, but before long, cravings for pizza and chocolate cake will be transformed into cravings for a nutritious salad or fruity smoothie. Be aware of triggers for cravings for certain foods and have a plan to minimize or deal with these triggers. For example, if the morning coffee/donut cart is a trigger, plan ahead with an appealing choice that won’t derail your weight loss efforts. Better yet, bring your own stash of nutritious snacks to work or whenever you’re out so that you are never caught needing a pick-me-up with nothing but junk to choose from’
4. Ignite Your Metabolic Fire
Unwanted weight gain and stubborn excess pounds mean your metabolism needs a boost. Oftentimes, if your diet has been less than optimal, your metabolism slows down and your liver gets sluggish. So the first step for lighting your metabolic fire is to try to make everything you put in your mouth wholesome and nutritious.
Eating primarily plant-based, whole, natural foods will help naturally reduce excess weight and will also help rejuvenate the liver. The liver is responsible for breaking down fats (among many other functions), so keeping the liver in tip-top shape is very helpful for weight loss. You can give your liver a boost with supportive supplements such as milk thistle, dandelion, or noni juice. Drinking warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning is another easy way to help gently cleanse the liver and stimulate good digestion.
5. Eat a Yoga Diet
A yoga diet, based on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and a moderate amount of dairy, is a time-tested way to reach your ideal body weight and stay there. These foods naturally nourish and balance the body, help to eliminate toxins, support the immune system, increase longevity, and overall produce optimal health.
6. Track Your Progress
As with any goal, breaking your weight loss goal into manageable steps will make it much easier for you to achieve success. Weight loss of no more than one to two pounds a week is considered ideal by most health experts—losing weight too slowly can cause you to lose motivation, while losing weight too quickly is stressful on the body and may leave you nutritionally deficient, setting you up for health problems and a strong likelihood of regaining what you lost. A digital scale is helpful for accurate weigh-ins. Weighing yourself regularly is linked with greater weight loss and also helps you gauge how tuned in you are to your body’s caloric needs.
7. Have Fun and Celebrate Your Healthier Choices
Remember that losing weight with a yoga diet and lifestyle is all about nurturing, balancing, and rejuvenating the body so that weight loss is
invigorating and almost effortless. The goal is actually to feel better and be healthier—not just lose weight. Going to punishing extremes to try to lose weight has been proven over and over again to achieve just the opposite. While these types of efforts may result in temporary weight loss (with a lot of suffering), the weight is quickly regained and your body is more nutritionally deficient than ever. Think of weight loss through yoga as a healthy adventure, full of fun and learning, and celebrate every little success.
Ultimate Power full diet. = Fruits.
Every few years, a different theory emerges on what kinds of foods to eat, and there are a whole lot of people who follow it religiously. People talk about “veganism”! We shouldn’t be making food a religion. It is not about what you or someone else believes. It is about eating sensibly.
In the yogic culture, we always consume cooked food within 1.5 hours after it comes off the stove. If it’s any later, inertia will set in.
= Eating is not a moral value
= Everything that we can do consciously
=Eating food consciously, that’s a difference between human & animal
= Every habit is a bad habit
= what kind of work you are doing you have to eat according to that.
= any food having any emotion that you shouldn’t eat.
=Whatever you eat it become you.
= eating nonveg is not good for your health at all.
= eat food by your choice not by compulsion.
= People who are working in night have more bodyweight compare to