Yogi’s diet is meant to enhance and support the practice. It has been carefully researched over many hundreds of years by people who achieved extraordinary results in their physical, mental and spiritual capacities.The subject of weight loss is not simple and we would like to emphasize that there are no easy or magical solutions for being overweight. We would be dishonest to say that little Yoga practice can automatically guarantee you a loss of weight. However, you should know that Yoga has great benefits on many levels and it does enhance the functions of all systems in your body. As such, it can help regulate metabolism, assist digestion, reduce water retention and bloating, improve circulation and help balance the endocrine system which is responsible amongst other things for your appetite. Furthermore, Yoga contributes immensely to reduction of stress and tension, in themselves often drivers of overeating.
Furthermore, as you condition yourself to adopt a regular practice, you body learns to appreciate physical activities. There are forms of Yoga which are specifically intended to generate heat and help burn calories. Of course, the subject of nutrition in general, and Yogi’s food in particular, is quite extensive in scope and takes time to learn and determination to follow. However, there some basic principles that you can apply – from today – that will improve your digestion and assist your body in becoming more agile and lean. And more ready to support your Yoga practice.
- Combining many different kinds of ingredients burdens the digestive system and slows down your metabolism. Over-
processed foods do the same. EAT FRESH AND SIMPLE FOODS as much as possible.
- Most animal Proteins are very difficult to digest, and impede the kind of higher states that Yoga can avail to you. EAT MANY VEGETABLES.
- Digestion begins in your mouth – that’s why you have teeth! – CHEW YOUR FOOD WELL – the notion is to ‘drink your
food and chew your liquids’. That is to say that you should swallow food after it is chewed so well it has become like a liquid, and when you drink move the liquid in your mouth for a while before swallowing.
- Eat more substantial portions and heavy meals DURING MORNING & LUNCH. Try to stay away from eating heavily
in the evenings. Do not practice, or go to sleep, on a full stomach.
- There are further four notions you should explore about your drinking habits:
- Drink plenty of liquids in between meals. Juices are excellent ways to utilise nature’s gifts (you need a good juicer).
- Make sure that your water is clean of chemicals and pesticides.Four glasses of Green Tea will improve your metabolism by as much as 100 calories per day. Over a year, that
translates to about 4kgs in weight.
- Coffee and alcohol can be toxic in large quantities. Try and reduce consumption of these and replace them with other natural drinks.
In summary, there is much that you can do to change habits that have affected your eating patterns and unbalanced your systems. It will require determination and practice but it is not difficult. And Yoga can greatly help.