Very few persons are aware of the fact that one must pay attention to what type of food one eats while one does practise Yoga. Until one adopts a specific eating pattern, one cannot enjoy full benefits of Yoga. In this post we provide complete healthy meals for weight loss and Yoga diet plan when you practices Yoga asanas.
It is an established fact that Yoga has a scientific base. Our body is a home which is full of different resources. The body also acts as a threshold to self-actualization. Mother nature has so structured our body that if a person acquires full knowledge of the body mechanism and, by a conscious effort learns and practices Yoga perfectly, then even one human life is sufficient to attain self-actualization and godliness.
But alas! our tongue is a major hurdle in accomplishment of our task. Except for controlling the tongue, there is no other alternative. It has been wisely said :
Without controlling the tongue,
No one can be said to have
(full control over his body)
The one who has controlled just his tongue
Is deemed to have controlled all the organs of his body!
Even Lord Krishna has mentioned in holy Gita :
A person whose eating habits are appropriate,
automatically becomes appropriate (ethical)
in his dealings with others.
“As is your diet, so is your body”, is a wise people saying. What we eat, affects not only our body, but also our mind. Our eating habits tell, not only on our body, but also on our personality and thoughts. That is why, Yoga teachers stress obedience to certain rules. Yoga teachers classify food under three categories :
(1) The Diet of the Kings [Rajsi Bhojan)
(2) The Diet of the Cruel (Taamsi Bhojan)
(3) The Diet of the Virtuous (Saatvik Bhojan)
The modern food can be classified into five or seven categories according to their nutritive value. However, yogic classification depends on the way the food is made or cooked.
The Diet of the Kings is fried food, which are served with other food which are high in sugar and oil content. The diet of the kings is heavy on the stomach and difficult to digest. Regular use of this type of food for very long, poses a threat of damage to the digestive system.
The Diet of the Cruel, besides being fried, is rich in spices and condiments. A person eating this type of food becomes ill-tempered and quarrelsome. It is believed that if one wants to reap full benefits of the yogic cures, then one must cut down on the foods that are rich in fat, sugar and spices to the maximum extent.
The Diet of the Virtuous means fruits and raw vegetables, which are cooked using minimum oil and minimum spices. Such food is necessarily purely vegetarian.
Yoga Diet Plan and Healthy Eating Habits for Weight Loss
The First principal is eating the food that the Virtuous eat.
The second principle is eating food in limited quantities. According to this principle, only so much food should be eaten as will fill only half of your stomach. The remaining part of stomach should contain water and air in equal proportions. This strengthens the digestive system. Excessive food intake weakens the stomach muscles, if you eat food in moderate quantities, you will never have the problems of obesity or excessive fat and you will always have mental alertness and increased bodily stamina.
The Third principle is based on how the food is eaten. If the food is eaten slowly chewing it properly, then even limited quantity of food gives the same satisfaction which large quantity of food will give. Food consumed in this manner is easily digestible and is very gentle on the digestive system. One must not drink water along with meal. However, water can be drunk half an hour before or after the meals.
The Fourth principle is that food should not be taken more than thrice a day i.e. light breakfast in the morning (breakfast comprising of fruits and milk), mid-day meal (lunch) and dinner. Those who do Yoga exercises in the evening, should finish their lunch early during noon so that the entire food is digested by the time they begin their exercises. The dinner should be taken at least two hours before retiring to bed. This will result in good sleep.