Claudia Jiang – Yoga and Nutrition

Yoga and Nutrition   According to Ayurveda , there is no one single diet or food is healthy for every individual. Ayuvedic emphasize a proper diet is vital for our health and happiness. As yoga practitioner, when we are balanced, our mind , body and spiritual sync, we will desire food s that are food for us. Six major tastes identified by Ayuveda are – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Each of this has a specific health healing effect. By including all the six, we will have sufficient nutrition.   The six tastes mentioned above also affect the doshas. Dosha is one of the three bodily energies that make up one’s constitution, including Vata , Pitta and Kapha. (Hari Ghotra, Ayurveda- the three Doshas) dosha   -Vata : the impulse principle necessary to mobilize the function of the nervous systems. It affect the wind humour, flatulence, gout and etc. (monier- Williams, sunskirt dictionary , oxford , 1899)   -Pitta: the bilous humour, the chief quality is heat. It is the energy principle, which uses bile to direct digestion. (Monier – Willams , Sanskrit dictionary , Oxford , 1899)   -Kapha : the body fluid principle which related to mucus, lubrication and the carrier of nutrients.   Every human being are unique, due to what we eat , how we exercise , when we sleep, and our body structure. To have a good understanding our body type will help our body to achieve optimal health and balance in life.   The following is my body type quiz results: Untitled       Predominately, I am a Vata body type, but there are big Pitta number in my emotional profile and low Kapha numbers in my fitness numbers. Vata is balanced by a diet of freshed cooked, whole foods are soft or mushy in texture, rich in protein and fat, seasoned with a variety of warming spices. Those food help to calm Vata by lubricating and nourishing the tissues, preserving moisture and maintain warmth. (http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/diet/vata-pacifying-diet/)       Vata is pacified by the sweet , sour and salty taste and aggravated by the pungent , bitter and astringent tastes. I should eat more naturally sweet food like fruits, most grains .it is good to favor sour additions like a squeeze of lemon or a splash of vinegar. Besides, salt stimulate my appetite and digestion, helps retain moisture, and support proper elimination.   The following is a guideline that can be used for Vata constitution:  
Vegetables
Favor Reduce or Avoid
cooked vegetables asparagus beets carrots cucumber garlic green beans onions, cooked onions, cooked sweet potato radishes turnips leafy greens in moderation broccoli Brussels sprouts cabbage cauliflower celery eggplant leafy green vegetables mushrooms peas peppers potatoes sprouts tomatoes zucchini Note: The above vegetables are OK if cooked with oil except cabbage and sprouts Avoid raw vegetables, in general
 
Fruits
Favor Reduce or Avoid
sweet fruits apricots avocados bananas berries cherries coconut fresh figs grapefruit lemons grapes mangos sweet melons sour oranges papaya pineapple peaches plums sour fruits Stewed fruits Sweet, well-ripened fruit in general apples cranberries pears pomegranates The above fruits are OK cooked Avoid dried fruits, in general and unripe fruit (especially bananas)
 
Grains
Favor Reduce or Avoid
oats(as cooked oatmeal cereal, not dry) cooked rice wheat barley buckwheat corn dry oats millet rye
 
Dairy
Favor Reduce or Avoid
All Dairy is acceptable
 
Meat
Favor Reduce or Avoid
chicken seafood, in general turkey All in small quantity Avoid red meat
 
Beans
Favor Reduce or Avoid
chickpeas mung beans pink lentils tofu (small amounts) All, except as noted.
 
Oils
Favor Reduce or Avoid
All oils are acceptable Sesame oil and olive oil are especially good.
 
Sweeteners
Favor Reduce or Avoid
All sweeteners are acceptable
 
Nuts and Seeds
Favor Reduce or Avoid
All are acceptable in small amounts. Almonds are best.
 
Herbs and Spices
Favor Reduce or Avoid
Almost all, in moderation, with emphasis on sweet and/or heating herbs and spices, such as: allspice anise asafoetida basil bay leaf black pepper (use sparingly) caraway cardamom cilantro (green coriander) cinnamon clove Avoid using spices in large quantities. Minimize or avoid all bitter and astringent herbs and spices such as: coriander seed fenugreek parsley saffron turmeric
Nutrition plays an important part in our life. This is an old saying that we are what we eat. Having a balanced vita force, I will be lively and enthusiastic, with a lean body.   Student name: Claudia jiang yuanyuan