The Basis Yogic Diet
Food is not a religion or culture, food is fuel. Which kinds of food enable our body to function at its best must be adapted to our body and necessities.
It is not a one size fits all.
A Yogic Diet is based on the principles of Ayurveda. This takes your personal constitution into account.
There are three main food group types.
Tamas - Inertia (meat, alcohol, fast food, refined sugar)
Rajas - Energy (salt, citrus fruits, eggs, poultry)
Sattva - Balance ( fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains)
40-50% food should be live. Fruits, vegetables leafs. Unprocessed undigested food. Which will provide you with enough energy and nutrients. These are simple foods which can be easily assimilated into your body.
Animal foods are a more complex structure they are harder to assimilate and aborsb into our body. When eating animal foods we should consume mainly those further away from us such as fish and poultry. Mammals which are similar to us are much more complex, harder to break down and assimilate.
A balanced diet is mainly adopted through a satvic based diet. Nervertheless, when Sattvic food is consumed too rapidly it becomes rajasic, and when we over indulge on static food it becomes tamasic. How we eat is of equal importance as to what we eat.
One of the first principles of yoga is ahimsa. No harm. This is a concept which is greatly debated in the yoga community since it is broadly mentioned and poorly explained. Ahimsa is no harm, which inherently makes people believe that the only way to a yogic diet is veganism or vegetarianism. Although this may be true, we aren’´t practicing ahimsa when we damage and hurt our bodies when adopting a diet which is not suitable for us.
Furthermore, the way we use the energy provided by these foods is also a practice of ahimsa. If we consume a vegetarian diet but conduct harmful actions, thoughts and intents, we are not practicing ahimsa. But if we consume a non-vegetarian diet and utilise that energy to help others to advance in our spiritual journey and to cultivate happiness and positivity we are practicing ahimsa. If you decide to consume animal products, try to find sustainable, organic and more humane sources and limit your consumption to 2-3 times per week so that this too doesn’t become harmful in itself.
When analysing which foods to eat and how, it is important to analyse your basic constitution (vikriti) and your current state (prakriti).
I was vegan for three years, I now more than ever realise the importance of honouring our different needs and seasons without becoming attached to a certain label or group. Find what is working for you now, and know that adapting whenever needed is the right way to go, whatever that may look like for you.