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:
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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