A Yogic Diet is something suggested you to imbibe as you begin to enter the meditative and calming world of Yoga. But other than understanding that this is basically a vegetarian diet, a lot of us aren’t sure of what exactly constitutes a Yogic diet. Well, hopefully we can help you out with that.
A Yogic diet is essentially a Sattvik diet, which promotes the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and curtails the consumption of meat, eggs, onion, garlic, fried foods amongst other things. A Yogic diet also encourages mindful eating, which forms an important tenet of practicing Ahimsa in your diet. Ahimsa, Sanskrit for Non-Violence, diet discussed communicating with your body about foods you choose to consume. It also mentions how a plant-based diet is better. A Yogic Diet, thus includes, earthen borne perishables; such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains like oats, legumes, plant based oils, herbal teas and sweet spices. Whereas the consumption of food like meat, fish, eggs, aerated drinks, fried foods, alcohol is condemned. But alongside these, food that is microwaved, genetically modified, canned, or processed is also curtailed. One of the most important “donts” however when practicing a Yogic Diet is to eat in a rush or in a disturbing environment.
A Yogic Diet expects you to have the basic principle of Yoga into effect: Mind over Matter. Any food that doesn’t speak to your body in a positive way is banished, to make space for food that contributes to a holistic being of yourself.
So, as much as it is difficult to practice a stringent Yogic diet, we should all slowly move towards a place where we control what goes in our body, and how it receives that food rather than the other way around.