Eat well, be well

by Nicola

Nutrition & Lifestyle is part of your yoga practice Here are some useful tips on Ayurveda, Sunrider and the best of Western Nutrition.

These guidelines should help to start making changes in your diet, so you benefit from your asana practice, have an easier time with meditation and live a healthier life.

General Principals

Never skimp on food. Buy organically grown, and preferably vegetarian foods, if eating meat look for grass fed and free range.

There is no perfect diet for everyone. A diet should balance the person and not itself.

Eat foods that promote oxygenation, hydration, and alkalinity in the body. No disease can exist when these three elements are present.

  • Oxygenation: Just breathing is not enough. There is about 30% less oxygen in the air today than 150 years ago. There are three ways to increase oxygen levels in the body: do pranayama; consume deep green leafy vegetables and Sunrider’s Evergreen. Do not breathe fast like “the breath of fire”—this type of breath deprives the brain of oxygen.
  • Hydration: Brain capacity and metabolic processing slows with dehydration. Water is a cleanser on its own. For hydration, add something to the water so that it is absorbed by the body, like a little lemon juice or Fortune Delight. Hydration keeps the mind sharp.
  • Alkalinity: It is not what the food is on the outside, but what it does on the inside, after being metabolized. Check out https://liveenergized.com/ for a chart on alkaline foods.
If you feel grains, especially with gluten, make you feel sluggish, avoid them.

Eat only when the body is in a parasympathetic state, and rest and relax after eating.

Ayurveda Ayurveda is the science of life. There are five elements in Ayurveda: earth, fire, water, air, and ether. In Ayurvedic nutrition we focus on bringing balance to the elements of water, fire, and air (since we cannot control or change the earth and ether elements). These three elements correspond to the three doshas or conditions. An individual may have a different dosha for each of the three major systems of the body: the muscular/skeletal system, the organic system, and the nervous system.

  • The kapha dosha corresponds to the water element. Individuals who are predominately kapha in constitution are slow to get going, grounded, and have more sluggish digestive systems. They tend to be heavy and solid.
  • The pitta dosha corresponds to the fire element. These individuals are easily agitated, get things done and (if it is part of their organic constitution) can digest almost anything! They tend to be sinewy and have their veins showing.
  • The vata dosha corresponds to the air element. Individuals with a vata constitution are creative, flighty, and tend to be lanky and tall.
Choosing the foods which correspondent to your dosha, will help to bring balance into your system.

More on Ayurveda read here: https://chopra.com/articles/what-is-ayurveda Sunrider foods

Sunrider makes herbal food concentrates which give the body energy and nourishment to heal and cleanse. What ancient cultures knew, and we have forgotten, is that when we eat well our body naturally cleanses.

In today’s world we are so focused on forcing the body to cleanse, removing fats, avoiding carbohydrates, eating raw, managing our energy levels with caffeine and alcohol, that we have forgotten what nourishing the body really means.

Sunrider’s formulas have been time-tested for over 4.000 years, and are herbal foods which give the body the energy it needs to regenerate, repair and cleanse.

The founders of Purna Yoga, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, have been eating these foods daily for over 25 years.

You can buy Sunrider products at the studio.

Western Nutrition

There are four steps to food production and consumption.

First, how the food is grown, choosing organically grown foods without pesticides, herbicides and most of all avoiding genetically modified food. Despite grown without chemicals use a solution to wash your vegetables and grains to get rid of parasites and impurities. Wash with apple cider vinegar or Fruit and Vegetable Rinse by Sunrider. This product also removes pesticides which are on the surface in non-organic foods.

Secondly how the food is transported, choosing locally grown foods first.

Third, how the food is prepared, which means the cooking wear should be non-toxic and non-aluminium. Well washed food and not overcooked, we should have at least 25% of raw food (50% better) well chewed which takes us to the fourth step, how the food is consumed.

Chew your food well, eat slowly with joy and gratitude. “Drink your solids and eat your liquids.”

Supplements

  • Magnesium is crucial to the body especially for your nervous system, consider supplementing. When buying magnesium, avoid the one which is bind to oxide, choose citrate or better L-Threonate.
  • Vitamin D3, also called the sunshine vitamin, take it throughout the year.
  • Consume healthy fats (like Omega 3 oils). Fat is important for the nervous system. Women should have around 20% body fat and men 15% body fat.

With gratitude for the beautiful shots, follow @maiasgreenmedicine on Instagram for healthy food inspirations. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to email nicola@purnayoga.fi or talk to any of the teachers at the studio.

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