Advice for Creating a Balanced Diet

Advice for Creating a Balanced Diet

Advice for Creating a Balanced Diet

It is important to remember that there is no perfect diet to suit everybody. As a general of thumb, you should not feel sluggish or tired after a meal. If you do, change what you are eating. Secondly, there should be no pain, bloating, or gas production after you eat. Thirdly, your bowel will tell you whether the food you are eating is good for you; your bowel movement should be easy and effortless.

WHAT YOU DON’T EAT IS ACTUALY MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT YOU DO EAT!!

FOODS TO AVOID:  All processed foods, sugar, wheat (especially white breads, pasta, biscuits & cakes). Avoid tamasic and overly rajasic foods such as sweets, coffee, and alcohol. In the Ayurvedic system the word “rajasic” refers to foods that are active or turbulent, and that may cause agitation, anger, or fear. “Tamasic” refers to foods that make one feel heavy, dull, dark, or lethargic. Delete all hydrogenated oils, bottled salad dressings, carbonated soft drinks, which contribute heavily to the acidosis of the blood.

Everything you consume should assist in alkalising the body, purifying the bloodstream, and detoxifying the tissues. All forms of internal toxicity cause a state of acidosis in the body. Acidosis suppresses your immunity against infection, interferes with normal metabolism, and inhibits digestion, causing further biological malfunctions, including tissue degeneration and eventually more serious diseases to develop in your system.

Buy clean foods that are fresh rather than stale, living rather than dead, try to go ORGANIC or at least FARM FRESH!! Try to avoid ready-cut vegetables and fruit, as their nutritional value / enzyme integrity will be lost before they get to you.

Eat plenty of salad:  lettuce, rocket, cucumber, celery, carrots, beetroot, olives, fresh herbs such as, coriander, parsley, oregano, dill, basil, sage.

Dressings to go with your salad:   Cold-pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cold Pressed Organic Linseed (flaxseed) oil, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar or lemon/lime juice, chopped garlic. No salt or pepper but you can use crumbled seaweed such as nori, dulse, or kelp which are all extremely tasty.

Eat plenty of vegetables:  Raw cauliflower or broccoli. Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Pumpkin, Carrot, all dark leafy greens. Garlic and ginger can also be included. Steer clear of frozen or tinned vegetables which often have added salt and sugar.

Eat plenty of Fruits:  Eat as much fruit as you want. Eat fruit 30 minutes either side of food or water and separately. As we go into spring the best choices for fruits are semisweet fruits from temperate climates such as apples, pears, watermelons, black cherries, and black grapes.

Water:  Drink 2-3 litres per day of pure, preferably alkaline water to flush away the large amounts of acids and other toxic wastes that the detox process empties from the body. Sipping hot water with lemon is a gidea, sage tea is excellent too.

Do not drink and eat. Any beverage taken with food dilutes the gastric medium and impairs digestion.

Eat Sparingly.  70 / 80 per cent full.

Avoid extremes in hot and cold temperatures.  Hot foods irritate. Cold foods close off tiny ducts in stomach, which secrete gastric juices, thereby halting digestion and permitting putrefaction and fermentation to occur instead.

Finally remember, eating right involves the process of eating as well as what is eaten. The yogi eats when he is calm and relaxed. The yogini chews her food well and eats as slowly as possible, finding gratitude and joy while savoring each morsel. Chew food thoroughly before swallowing it. “Drink your food and swallow your beverages.” M.Ghandi
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