3 important factors for a Yoga diet plan


3 important factors for a Yoga diet plan

A well-balanced Yoga diet contains a sufficient supply of protein, carbohydrates, fats, salts, and minerals. The quantity of food absorbed must correspond to the needs of the body. It is not only the quantity of nourishment, the body requires, but also it's quality which supplies the body cells with vital force in proper proportion.

Medical science confirms that the excessive amount of calories absorbed in overeating accumulates in the form of fat and thus accelerates the deterioration of the human body.

At the beginning of time, humans ate plants, roots and wild fruit. Later, crops were cultivated to provide agricultural produce. Those who lived in cold and snow-bound regions consumed fish and meat as they were unable to find anything else. Today, as civilizedhumans, we eat artificial food and stimulants - we may have almost lost the natural instinct guiding us towards healthy food! 
What we eat must be fresh, clean and wherever possible, untreated. Greasy, fried food must be avoided because they are bad for the liver. A diet that is adopted must include increased amounts of raw foodstuff like green salads, vegetables, fruits, cereals, milk and dairy products (cheese, curds, etc.), and honey. In cold environments, a certain amount of meat and fish may be consumed. Fresh fruits and vegetable juices are also excellent for health.

So given this context, please find below the three most important factors required for a well-balanced Yoga diet:

  • Firstly, choose nourishing food as this will increase your energy and vitality; judicious use of these foods will help maintain the same!
  • Secondly, eat in moderation (recommended it be slightly less than your fill!). Doing so will help your body feel light, active and energetic. Eating more than you need will deform the body, reduce efficiency, damage health and eventually shorten life. 
  • Thirdly, you must thoroughly masticate (chew) your food and mix it with the saliva to aid digestion and assimilation. Chew each mouthful at least ten to fifteen times till it is thoroughly salivated (soaked in saliva), reduced to a pulp and then into juice!
Meals must be eaten slowly, in peace and calmness, and you must preserve a positive mental attitude. It is extremely good for health to spend a day without food once a week/fortnight. Doing so will help purify the body. It is recommended to drink fruit juices, especially lemon juice with water while staying away from food.

Avoid heavy food in the evening meal especially before going to bed.

We must make it a habit to never eat without being hungry, never to fall back on stimulants to prolong the pleasure of eating and satisfying one’s greed (what we know as ‘civilized’ appetite). We must always remember that overloading of the digestive system may lead to numerous illnesses - so true, ‘we dig our graves with our forks’!

A well-balanced Yoga diet is a remarkable asset in maintaining the mind in a perfect state of health and equilibrium, within a body of uniform proportions and fitness.


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