Diet for Yogi

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Information on Diet for Yogi

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.


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