Yogic diet is the way to a healthier
life and a healthier you. To be a yogi you must be a vegetarian.
Consumption of meat is against yogic beliefs, as yoga ethics strongly
detest robbing. There is no humane way of slaughtering an
animal, which is robbing another's right to live. It infringes a very
important yogic principle, that is; ahimsa, which means 'cruelty' and
'injustice'. When you are about to perform the violent act of
killing the animal, it will feel the terror and fear at its moment of
death and this feeling, as believed by Yogis, will be stored in its
body. Therefore, when we consume its flesh, all that feelings of
fear, terror, horror, panic, adrenaline stored in its body are passed
on into our bodies. But a healthy diet can go beyond
vegetarianism. More often than not, vegetarian food are often
deep-fried and stir-fried with lots of oil for more fragrant smell,
salt, sugar and monosodium glutamate added in order to compensate for
the perceived 'lack of flavor' therefore making it less healthy.
Yogic teaching forbids the addition of salt in food for women over 35
years of age. They believe salts draw minerals out of our bones
and for women, this increases the risk of osteoporosis. There is
already plenty of salt in the food we eat, therefore we should refrain
from adding more salt into our diet.
It is also by far a better practice to either steam or dry-fry
vegetables using a very hot pan, stirring vigorously with no oil added
at all but a little water, taking care not to overcooked it, and then
garnish the cooked dish with a drizzle of olive oil, the oil that
contributes to longevity, good skin, lowering cholesterol level and a
whole lot of other benefits. Organic fresh vegetables are naturally
tasty and flavorful. You can taste the goodness of lightly boiled
green fresh vegetables drizzled with sesame seed oil or olive oil even
without adding salt or other flavorings.
If possible, take fresh vegetables raw as cooking can damage much of
the goodness of the vegetables. You can make the vegetable meal
fun by combining your favorite greens with sweet corn, sweet peas,
fruits and even bean sprouts to whiz up a healthy and delicious salad.
If you like, you can serve the salad with non-fat healthy salad
dressings, juice of a lemon or a swirl of olive oil. Vegetarians can
rest assure that their bodies will get enough proteins. Our
bodies will treat the vegetables the same way as meat. They will
break down the vegetables into amino acid building blocks and
reconstituted into proteins that our bodies can use. Eat a wide
selection of vegetables and fruits in order to get enough building
blocks to build all the proteins that our bodies need.