Food is my medicine. It is the most delicious medicine for my health and happiness. OK, every so often I still get a ‘kick’ out of french fries, but I do learn that the happiness I get from them only lasts a couple of minutes. And they don’t exactly make me feel healthy!
As a Nutritionist I am especially concerned about the over-acidity of modern (western culture) bodies (and minds). It is important to eat mostly alkaline producing foods and avoid acidic foods. This automatically cuts out a lot of sugar. You need to make sure that you eat good quality food, which provides you with sufficient proteins, carbohydrates and fats, vitamins, minerals and water.
A daily menu could look like this:
After waking up - warm lemon honey water
Breakfast - fresh juice, Quinoa porridge with seeds and natural bifidus yoghurt, green tea
Lunch - fresh salad with nuts or cheese
Dinner - vegetable soup, rice and vegetables, pulses or soy products
As much as possible, try to stay away from toxins in food by making yourself a frequent customer of the local health food store. Importing and exporting food does add pollution to the world, therefore purchase most of your groceries at the local farmer’s market. Firstly this makes you eat what is in season, and secondly you connect to what is grown on the earth, bringing less confusion in the mind.
As an Ayurvedic Practitioner I do believe that it is most important how our body digests food. Vata constitutions should eat warm and lubricating food, Pittas should cool themselves down and reduce stimulants, and Kaphas should eat light and dry food. A 5-day Yoga Detox Retreat can guide how the body digests food and deepen your own practice.
Years ago I donated almost all my electrical kitchen devices to a second-hand store. I believe in pure food that grows and receives life energy from: mother earth, the water, the air and a huge amount from the sunshine. My kitchen cupboards do not hold any processed, packed or tinned food. I cannot see any reason for consuming ‘dead’ food. My freezer stays empty most of the time, except for my home-made, wheat grass ice-cream. I like to put my own energy into food and cooking, which has become a form of meditation for me.
Having grown up in Switzerland I was taught to be clean, almost sterile. Nowadays I realise it is more effective to clean inside the body than outside. Therefore, take great care of what food you introduce to your system. Eat to live, don’t live to eat!
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Diana Jost is a qualified Yoga teacher, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, massage therapist, a personal trainer and life coach in the Algarve, Portugal. She offers 5-day yoga retreats with a choice of detox, surf, alkalize or ayurveda cooking.
By: Diana Jost