Yoga Food, 50 Recipes for Fresh and Healthy Dishes
By: Anna Gidgard & Cecilia Davidson
''A staple on my book shelf, I would say'' - Jia Hui
Yoga food is light, crunchy and flavorful. Crunchy nuts and fresh vegetables provide crispness and something to chew; whole grains provide fiber and fill you up for a long time. Soy sauce, chili peppers, and fresh herbs add flavor. Sweet fruits and berries are used in deserts and baked goods to create pleasure and satisfaction.
Ayurvedic principles are the basis for yoga food. But the dishes that you enjoy and that make you feel good are individual and depend of body type. When you practice yoga and are physically active, often you will find yourself craving the food that your body needs. Just as in the Ayurvedic teachings, there should be a balance in yoga food between raw and cooked food. It has to be easy to digest, fresh, freshly made, contain enzymes and be full of fiber, whole grains and good bacteria.
Choose from seasonal local produce as much as possible. Remember to eat in a calm environment and not too late. You will notice that it gets a little easier to avoid snacking and fast food if you eat foods that fill you up and make you feel satisfied.
To be completely yogic, you need to eat something sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent every day, but avoid alcohol and sugar as much as possible, and completely get rid of caffeine and tobacco.
Avoid eating too heavy a meal at night. This will not only help you sleep better, but also gives you a sense of lightness when doing yoga in the morning. Try to eat some raw food with all meals. Leafy greens and sprouts contain chlorophyll, enzymes, and minerals - things that strengthen the body.
Yoga itself promotes a regular stomach, but this kind of food helps even more. Good-quality food that makes you feel good is often very simple. A lot of times you can just take a vegetable, shred it, drizzle olive oil on it, sprinkle it with lemon, salt and pepper, and you will have a delicious meal!
It's wonderful to first do yoga and then eat a meal that is pure, organic and packed with nutrition. It's like a double dose of wellness.
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