What is Yogic Diet
Yogic diet plan included the food which contains Sattvic Guna. Sattva is a quality in which means pure, natural, clean, vital-energy are comprises. This diet is not allowed for any kind of non-vegetarian food. The concept of Mittahara was emphasized in Yoga which means moderation in eating or a balanced diet.
A yogic diet plan is prescribed by a Yoga teacher to student from the 1st day of their practice. It is said in Srimad Bhagwad Geeta 17th chapter 8th shloka that
रस्याः स्निग्धाः स्थिरा हृद्या आहाराः सात्त्विकप्रियाः।।17.8।
Rasyah Snigdaha Sthira Hridaya Aaharah Satvikpriya
The food which helps to augment life, Purity, Strength, Health, Happiness, and good appetite is savory, oil, Substantial and agreeable, are dear to Satvik. The quality of food affects the behavior of a person, so it should be Satvik in nature.
In Yoga, the human body is considered as a Deva Sharir means the body of a divine being which should be pure, free from disease, and clean. By practicing yoga poses it provide many benefits to the body but there is one thing which is required most to be Healthy all the time is a good Balanced Diet. A Yogic diet plan is very different from other exercises or regular diet plans.
The human body is like a machine, every organ and its parts need to performed well for that a good supply of nutrients is required, and the sources of all the nutrients are present in our food. Nutrients like carbohydrate, protein, fat, mineral and vitamins, etc. present in food provide the essential energy required by specific organs. Most of the disease we found is caused by unhealthy food like digestion problem, increasing sugar level, excessive fat, etc.
Balance food is the source of good healthy life of body and mind.
Some practitioner suspects that they are not getting the successful result of their practice as they want and one of the main reason behind this is their diet. Our diet also affects the result of practice.
Quantity of Food
How much food should you have to eat? There is a specific amount of quantity is prescribed in Yoga. According to Gherand Samhita (Yogic text), it is said that not too much food should be eaten. The rule regarding food is that one should have to fill half of the stomach with food, and from the other half, one quarter should be remained empty for air circulation and water.
What kind of food should we eat?
- The food should be well cooked.
- It should be prepared from rice, wheat, barley, and pulses (Daal in Hindi) such as green gram (mung), black gram, etc. which have been clean.
- Root vegetables, green leafy vegetables are recommended.
- The stomach should be half-filled with pure, sweet, cooling, oily, or lubricant materials.
- Seasonal vegetables and fruits are considered best for students.
- Some dairy products like ghee (Clarified Butter), Dahi (Yogurt), Cow Milk, and Butter are also recommended.
In Srimad Bhagwad Geeta’s chapter 17 shloka 9th and 10th, it is said that
आहारा राजसस्येष्टा दुःखशोकामयप्रदाः।।17.9।।
āhārā rājasasyeṣhṭā duḥkha-śhokāmaya-pradāḥ
The food which is too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry, and spicy are dear to Rajsika (Rajas Guna), those food produce pain, grief, and sorrow.
यातयामं गतरसं पूति पर्युषितं च यत् |
yāta-yāmaṁ gata-rasaṁ pūti paryuṣhitaṁ cha yat
उच्छिष्टमपि चामेध्यं भोजनं तामसप्रियम् || 10 ||
uchchhiṣhṭam api chāmedhyaṁ bhojanaṁ tāmasa-priyam
The food which is overcooked, tasteless, putrid, polluted, and leftover impure food is dear to Tamshika (Tamas guna). That food also included eating meat which is highly prohibited in Yogic Diet.
Few tips of Yogic diet
- Drink Lukewarm Water after waking up, good for digestion.
- Avoid the habit of eating snacks between meals, set a proper time for meals.
- Take as much food as you want on the plate, do not leave any leftover, respect it.
- Fizzy drinks, alcohol, fast food, etc. are prohibited in the Yogic diet.