Food for thought

The nutrition is directly linked to the performance of asanas and our lifestyle in general. The yogi diet is based on Ayurvedic teachings. Some products are strictly forbidden by them, others are consumed in small quantities and in a certain period of time, and third yogis eat constantly. Three types of food in yoga According to Ayurveda, even the best and cleanest foods are not always healthy. So, there is food that should be consumed only in winter or summer. Some foods should be eaten in the morning, because they excite and give energy, others in the evening, as they calm and set you up for a long sleep. Yoga  divides all food into three types:

       Sattva, which means “purity.” This includes all fresh vegetarian food. Mostly seeds and sprouted grains, fruits, wheat, butter, milk and honey.

      Rajas is a food that excites the body. It is better not to use products from this category or to reduce their amount in the diet to a minimum. This includes citrus fruits, tea and coffee, as well as spices, fish, seafood, eggs, alcohol, soda, garlic and onions.

     Tamas is a rough and heavy meal. It is difficult to absorb by the body. It does more harm than good. Relaxes, after eating it makes you want to sleep. These are root vegetables, red meat (beef and pork), all canned foods, mushrooms, food with a heavy taste (roach, etc.). This includes frozen food and one that has been stored for some time. These are also considered dishes that are reheated, alcohol and food that has been cooked in a restaurant or store.

 Doing yoga, you will feel what products you will not need. Changes in the body will occur harmoniously and in accordance with the needs of your body. The gradual process of rebuilding the habits of the body is very important.

Many (and not only in yoga) make the same mistake: they abruptly begin to change their diet (completely abandon meat, fish, eggs, switch to the most sophisticated diets, such as raw food diet, etc.). With this development of events, in a few months you will face a series of ailments, such as colds, exacerbation of all previously existing sores, and digestive upset. And then it could be worse. Naturally, there can be no question of doing yoga.

Beware of this mistake!

  • never abruptly change your lifestyle, especially in nutrition, non-compliance with this rule leads to big trouble;
  • a complete rejection of meat food does not always bring positive results. If you abandoned the meat, you need to replace it with another animal protein: milk and dairy products, eggs, fish;
  • in your diet should always be present in large quantities vegetables and fruits;
  • food should always be fresh and harmoniously selected.

It must be remembered that the body will never tolerate abuse of itself both in the diet and in the mode of activity. And with the right approach to yoga, you become as independent as possible from environmental conditions, feeling great in any situation, with any set of food products.

 

Food safety tips for pregnant woman

It is important during pregnancy to learn which food are safe to eat, which food should be avoided and which food should be approached with caution. Always check with your health care provider if you have any concerns about your specific nutritional needs. The following information is intended to help by providing a handy list of foods to avoid and tips to keep in mind.

Seafood

Some fish and shellfish contain potentially dangerous levels of mercury. Too much mercury damage baby’s developing nervous system. Larger and older fish may contain more mercury. Pregnant mother should avoid:

  • Raw Seafood
  • Swordfish
  • King mackerel
  • Shellfish

Which Seafood is safe to eat

Some type of seafood contain little mercury. Pregnant mother can safely eat a certain amount, as like whitefish, cod, salmon, sardines, shrimp, oysters. Always cook seafood properly. Fish is done when flakes and appears opaque throughout. Always cook shrimp, lobster and scallops until they’re milky white. Clams and oysters are cooked when their shells open.

Meat & Poultry

Rare or undercooked beef, poultry or pork should be avoided during pregnancy because of the risk of contamination with bacteria. Make sure that all meat and poultry are well-cooked before meal. If your craving a steak be sure to order it well done, no pink allowed.
Prepared deli meats available at a deli counter like turkey, beef and chicken should not be consumed unless you re-heat them until steaming hot.

Raw Fruits & Vegetable

Fruits and vegetables are great pregnant mother’s diet. Remember to washed to avoid potential exposure to bacteria that might be present on their surface. If possible peel any fruits and vegetables or to cut away any damaged portions.

Alcohol & Caffeine

Alcohol during pregnancy may result in fatal alcohol syndrome, no amount of alcohol is safe. Avoid alcohol during pregnancy and after if you are breastfeeding since alcohol may reach the baby via your breast milk. Same to the caffeine, it can cross the placenta and affect baby’s heart rate. Hence, it is important that drinking plenty of water, juice, and milk rather than caffeinated or alcohol beverages.

Raw eggs, Unpasteurized Dairy and Juices

Food that contain raw or uncooked eggs may be exposure to salmonella. During pregnancy, your immune system changes so that its main purpose is to protect your developing baby. This means that you can be more susceptible to food poisoning from salmonella bacteria.
Unpasteurized dairy and juices may contain bacteria called Listeria which has the ability to enter the placenta and infect the baby with infections or blood poisoning. Pregnant mother should avoid:

  • Homemade ice cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • soft cheeses and dairy like Feta, Goat Cheese
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Unpasteurized juices or cider

A balanced, nutritious diet is an important aspect of a healthy pregnancy. Eating a healthy diet, balancing carbohydrates, fat and proteins, and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, usually ensure good nutrition.
Cheer, Namaste.