Clean Eating Challenge. You are what you eat.
YogIdyll’s guide to get on track your eating habits with Yogic Diet.
If its a question of survival, one can eat garbage and survive, what’s the problem. Now, it’s a question of choice. Eat every meal by choice, and a choice should be according to the need of the body not according to social needs, not according to cultural needs. If you look at this fundamentally, it is not about human being, it’s about individual human being. Right now, what is the nature of your quality, accordingly you should eat. Your senses know what to eat, how much to eat. Every human being can generate the necessary awareness, that if food appears, you know what to eat and what not to eat. We should see what kind of food are we designed for.
In the yogic culture, food is classified into three categories (trigunas) : Sattvic, Tamasic & Rajasic. This can be putted this way; pranic food, positive pranic food, negative pranic food and zero pranic food. Positive Prana means it adds a certain energy to the system when you consume.Negative Prana takes away energy from the system. Zero prana neither adds nor takes away, its eaten for taste and it brings lethargy. If you eat positive pranic food, energy will reverberate in a dynamic way. If you eat negative pranic food, it causes certain deviation in energy.
Negative Pranic Foods (Rajasic) : Garlic, Onion, Asafoetida, Green Chillies or Chilli Peppers (Hot), Coffee, Caffeine Tea, Nervous Stimulants and Intoxicants.
Zero Pranic Foods (Tamasic) : Tomatoes, Potatoes.
Positive Pranic Foods (Sattvic) : Ash Gourd/Winter Melon, Black Pepper, Honey, Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Dry Fruits.
“Every leaf and root has some medicinal quality but we must know how to use it. “
According to Ayurveda, there are three innate qualities of human beings categorized as Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the doshas. The five elements, with which the human system is made of, are the foundation of the three doshas. In yogic tradition, we also pay attention on what to eat at what time of the day. For example, In morning duration, Kapha dosha is prevalent. In afternoon Pitta is prevalent , night time is for Vata dosha.
- People of Sattvic nature are usually of the Kapha dosha constitution.
Qualities of Sattva: Happiness, harmony, purity, balance, holistic, creative positive, building, virtue, peace, constructiveness, goodness, spirituality, consciousness and universalizing
- People of Rajasic nature are usually of the Pitta dosha constitution.
Qualities of Rajas: Activity, self-indulgence, passion, ego, individualization, dynamism, movement, self-centeredness and drive
- People of Tamasic nature are usually of the Vata dosha constitution.
Qualities of Tamas: Imbalance, chaos, disorder, impurity, destruction, anxiety, delusion, negativity, inactivity, dullness, lethargy, inertia, violence, ignorance and viciousness
If you want to be healthy, follow a Sattvic diet so as to detoxify your system.
Sattvic diet includes vegetarian food, rich in Prana (life energy). It mostly consists of organic fruits, vegetables and dairy. Apart from this, a yogi will also be mindful of the amount of food eaten as well as the manner in which it is eaten as all these factors affect the various organs and the energy centers in the body. Even if you are suffering from various diseases like, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, or any other life style related issues, you will be benefited from balanced yogic diet.
The 21 Days Challenge: Guidelines
- Eat only two simple meals a day. Simple meals aid digestion and assimilation.
- Eat only Positive Pranic Food (Sattvic Food).
- Say no to processed/ canned food. Include mostly, raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eating food first hand from nature, grown in fertile soil ( preferably organic, free from chemicals and pesticides) will help ensure a better supply of nutritional needs. Processing, refining and overcooling destroy much food value.
- Follow Ahimsa (non-violence) in your diet. Don’t eat animals or their by products. Eat to live, not live to eat. Many people worry about whether they are getting enough protein, but neglect other factors. It is best if we understand that the purpose of eating is to supply our body with life force (Prana), the vital life energy. Keep your diet simple with natural fresh foods.
- Use only Sendha Namak (Himalayan Rock Salt). Consume only natural sugar.
- Use Copper Utensil to drink water if you have mucus in the the mornings (Kapha Dosha). Use Silver or Clay utensils to drink water if your body produces too much heat (Pitta Dosha).
The Meal Plan.
- Drink 1-3 glasses of water once you are awake.
- After doing your morning yoga and workout routine: Drink a mixture of Aloe vera, Amla ( Indian Gooseberry),and Lauki ( Bottle Gourd) Juice on a empty stomach. Consume 3-4 Neem leaves and 8-10 peppercorns soaked overnight in honey. Also consume, a handful of green grams soaked overnight.
Meal 1 (After 12 noon):
You may consume good carbs (whole grains, oats, quinoa, beaten rice, porridge, etc.) during this meal.
Meal 2 (After a gap of 8-12 hours after first meal):
No carbs. Try having fruits and vegetables salads, juices or soups during this meal.
Follow the link for healthy recipes that you can try during these 21 days: Healthy Hunger Recipes
Your Journey to a Healthy Body, Mind & Soul.