The Yoga Diet: eat healthy using the yoga diet

June 23, 2009

Diets & Nutrition

For those that practice yoga mental physical and emotional equilibrium are very important. To achieve that balanced life a yoga practitioner follows a special diet too: the yoga diet.

The yoga diet splits food in two: foods that are good and healthy and foods that are bad for your body and unhealthy. The main foods recommended by the yoga diet are those that get digested easily and bring lots of energy to your body and mind. Yoga practitioners eat foods that are as unprocessed as possible.

Basically the yoga diet is more like a vegetarian diet that also contains whole grain cereals uncooked, milk, eggs and honey. The yoga diet is similar to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. Raw vegetables and fruits are the main nutritional resource of the body and are helped from time to time with milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs.


The yoga diet excludes the possibility of eating meat, including fish meat. Meat is more hard to digest, it can produce problems for your liver which has to work more hard. Also it takes into consideration the fact that cardiovascular diseases gout or colon cancer might be linked to meat eating. If you want to try this type of lifestyle you don’t have to stop eating meat all together. As any change don’t rush with the change because your body might suffer. As a stat you can stop eating red meat. Eating lots of red meat increases the risk of developing cancer at the digestive system level, especially the pancreatic cancer. Many researchers believe that not meat creates cancer in the body but the way it is cooked, usually fired, is what makes it so dangerous.

Drink daily 8 cups of water (2 liters of water) daily. You can drink water, fresh natural juices, fresh vegetables and fruits. You can also drink milk, even soya milk and eat lots of vegetables full of water or fruits.

In the yoga diet processed food and sugary foods have no place. Also white flour products, frozen foods, canned food, fast food and junk food are all forbidden by the yoga diet. Coffee, tobacco, alcohol, garlic, mushrooms, onion and chocolate aren’t looked favorably on by the yoga diet. It is recommended to avoid eating sour, bitter or fermented foods.

If you are going to test the yoga diet you should also do some yoga exercises: Practicing yoga can help you live a healthier life.

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