Yoga and Food

Yoga and Food

I t is said that our level of development, mental and spiritual, is reflected in the kind of food we eat and our stage of consciousness is revealed in the nature of that chosen food. Both yoga and ayurveda advice on a sattvic or a pure vegetarian diet. Such a diet, it is believed, encourages the development of the higher qualities of peace, love and spiritual awareness.

Foods to Eat :

  • Fresh, sweet fruits of all types, preferably taken whole
  • All vegetables except onions and garlic.
    Whole grains, such as rice, wheat and oats.
  • Ideally beans like mung, aduki and tofu, other types in moderation.
  • Not overly roasted or salted nuts and seeds such as almonds, coconuts,walnuts, pecans and sesame.
  • Butter, ghee (clarified butter) and all good natural plant-based oils like sesame, olive and sunflower.
  • Dairy products like milk, ghee, yogurt and cottage cheese from dairy animals who've been treated well.
  • Natural sugars such as jaggery, honey, maple syrup and molasses.
  • Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, cumin, coriander, turmeric, mint, basil, fenugreek and other such sweet spices
  • Herbal teas, natural water and fresh juices, particularly of the lemony kind.
  • Foods prepared with love and consciousness

Foods to Avoid :

  • Meat, fish and eggs.
  • Artificial, processed and junk foods.
  • Canned food, except naturally canned fruits and tomatoes.
  • Animal fats, margarine and poor quality oils.
  • Factory farm dairy products.
  • Garlic, onions and other over-spiced food.
  • Fried food.
  • White sugar and white flour.
  • Artificial sweeteners.
  • Old, stale, over and reheated food.
  • Alcohol, tobacco and all other stimulants.
  • Tap water and artificial beverages.
  • Microwaved and irradiated food.
  • Genetically engineered food.
  • Foods eaten in a disturbed environment or eaten too quickly.