Eat Like a Yogi
“This much I know. If you are what you eat, then I only wanna eat the good stuff” – Ratatouille
The people who know me, knows that I Love Food! I can eat, eat, eat, from cupcakes to carbonara… I just absolutely, deeply, truly, passionately love to eat. While other girls can spend hours in shoe and bag shops, I’m capable to spend hours in grocery stores. Dreaming of different, delicious options, that will satisfy my stomach. When it comes to food, there is no stoping me, and I have to agree with Dalai Lama, when he was asked ‘What is your favourite meal?’. He replied ‘The one in front of me when I’m hungry’.
I pretty much eat anything, but I prefer my chicken free range, my eggs happy and my veggies organic. Every single cell in your body is made of what you eat, so if you live mainly on packaged products and Big Macs, the changes are that you’re not in the greatest shape of health…
So with great passion, I write this story about foods, good foods and bad ones, Ayurvedic and yogic diets.
Eating clean and keeping your nutritional needs in check is one of the most precious things you can do to yourself, to keep yourself full of life and cancer free.
For years I was vegetarian, but because anaemia runs strong in our family, doctors told me to start to eat meat, as the iron from the vegetables didn’t absorb to my system. As a vegetarian I felt very tired, so there is a great lessons, listen to your body! There is no point in going vegetarian if your body suffers from it. You can tell you are eating the right stuff, when it makes you feel balanced. Veganism, vegetarianism, Paleo don’t suit everybody, so find your own combo, to keep yourself happy and satisfied.
But always think of the impact of your food choices on the earth and on yourself. Try to choose organically grown and ethically raised meats, meats that haven’t been genetically changed. While eating fish, choose species that aren’t overfished, farmed or high in mercury.
So what is this Ayurvedic diet? Ayurveda is one of the oldest healthcare systems in world. It comes from India and is deeply connected with yoga.
You might think that foods that are prescribed in India thousands of years ago wouldn’t suit the nowadays society, but there is definitely some foods that will bring you lightness and clarity, while keeping your body nourished and mind clear.
In India my Ayurvedic doctor, Dr. Rohit Borakar, told me that I’m an absolute Vata, which is my Ayurvedic dosha. Dosha is a body type, and every body type – vata, pitta, kapha- comes with certain types of food that suits the body type and keep it in balance. Air and ether are my elements, and I drive on excitement, adventures, passion and temper, when my dosha is out of balance I get anxious and suffer from insomnia. (Check out your dosha, it’s so interesting and opens up so many doors to self discovery)…
Anyways, as a Vata, my doctor recommended me to avoid spicy food, bitter foods, salads, coffee, ice cream, etc. I was like “No Ice Cream? Why don’t you just take me behind the barn and shoot me?” I was in shock! But he said that most importantly never suffer, if you really want an ice cream, have an ice cream, just remember to have a ginger tea afterward. Well, I consume approximately seven ginger teas daily…
In Ayurvedic diet there is three types of food. Sattvic foods, Rajasic foods and Tamasic foods.
Sattvic foods are fresh, pure and vibrant, easy to digest. They make us feel happy, promote purity of mind, intelligence, and clear decision making. Examples of Sattvic foods are fresh fruits, vegetables, rice, grains, beans, lentils, yogurt, honey, sesame and coconut oil, nuts, etc.
Rajasic foods are stimulating, salty, spicy, bitter and sour. They give us motivation, keep us attached to ego and make us feel restless. They should be used with moderation. Examples of Rajasic foods are peppers, citrus fruits, coffee, eggs, spicy food, chocolate, etc.
Tamasic foods are dull and lifeless, mostly artificially processed. They lower your immunity to diseases and promote negative feelings. Tamasic foods are, red meat, fast food, canned food, soda, refined sugars, alcohol, leftovers, frozen foods, microwaved food, etc.
Couple more points about bringing the yogic philosophies on your plate.
Don’t take more then you need or can eat! Don’t go mental in a shop when you’re hungry and exited! It kills me, when I see food going into bin. The United Nation says that just a quarter of the food wasted globally would be enough to feed the 870 million people who lack enough to eat. So think wisely what goes into your grocery cart.
Try to spread some good karma, by choosing your local farmers market. Supporting your community, your country. It might cost you few cents more for being organic, but I at least rather pay that few cents to the farmer than later on to the doctor.
We also seem to eat for other reasons than hunger. We eat when we are bored, depressed or even when we are full. So next time when you rush to kitchen, ask yourself ‘am I really hungry’. Maybe glass of water is enough, or a fruit? I like to keep some nuts handy.
Last but not least, love your food! Cook with passion and care. Make the meal with love. Use awareness while eating. Notice the smells, tastes, presentation.
Don’t multitask, your Facebook account doesn’t get shut down if you don’t look at it while you’re eating. Take your time, enjoy every mouthful. That way you’ll notice when your full.
Try new things, explore! Open yourself to all the delicious culinary experiences that world has to offer. Have an adventure in Mediterranean, Mexican and Indian cuisines.
I’m off to my kitchen now, as all this writing made me a little hungry. I went a little loco at our new organic market earlier, so let’s see what delicious adventure waits ahead.