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Bring about Positive Change through the Power of Breathing


•specific allowance or selection of food esp. prescribed to control weight or for health reasons

•a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons

•figurative a regular occupation or series of activities in which one participates


With the above definitions, we hereby give an ‘advisory list’ of do’s and don’ts. These are the views of many different practitioners. When practicing pranayamas, it is advisable to follow a more natural and specific type of diet. We at Divine Yoga strongly recommend you adopt the following Diet, specifically during the duration of the Breathing Pranayama Courses. It will allow the Pranayama practice to be much more effective and its benefits to be more quickly realised.


There are both physical and spiritual benefits when we try to purify our bodies by providing them with wholesome foods. Proper diet can help us in our efforts to raise our sensitivity to higher vibrations. As we become more sensitive individuals, we become better enabled to use our purified bodies in the service of humanity and to live in harmony with Mother Nature and each other!


A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).


Do

•Eat leafy greens and as many green foods as possible especially things like broccoli, brussels sprouts, celery, alfalfa, green beans, green peas, spinach, edamame beans, asparagus, cabbage, salads, and cucumbers. Have more of a green alkalising foods diet.

•Eat more in morning and reduce your food intake throughout the day; smallest and lightest meal should be the evening meal or supper

•Drink plenty of water, preferably warm or even hot, especially 1 hour before and 1 hour after food.

•Drink at least 1 pint of warm water at least 15 minutes before commencing your pranayama practise

•Eat up to half a dozen soaked almonds (with skin removed) in morning time. Soak raw almonds overnight in cold water and allow them to plump in the water (pull the oxygen out from the water). NOT HIGH in saturated fats when eaten raw and soaked like this and are beneficial for the brain. Many other beneficial nuts and seeds, like pumpkin seeds.

•Eat walnuts and monkey nuts and green raisins

•Brown chickpeas – soak overnight and allow them to sprout in the water and have a handful as a snack throughout the day. They are a good source of protein

•Eat Less of carbohydrates, more of protein, less oils.

•Consume “reasonable quantities” of good oils on salads etc like cold pressed olive oils, flaxseed oil, hemp oil.

•Consume more sprouted cereals, seeds, grains and legumes. Best eaten raw as cooking may destroy a large part of the nutritional value.

•Eat fruits in the daytime. Especially good fruits are papaya, pear, apple, grapefruits, honeydew melons, limes, kiwi, blueberries, amla (Indian gooseberry), avocado, figs, dates, artichokes, apricots & pomegranate.

•Drink plenty of Water - best to drink purified water, or filtered, in order to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, so avoid it.

  1. Consume brown sugar, rice, breads and wheat flour if you must rather than white.


Don’t

Eat excess meat, fish or eggs. Especially avoid red meats. If at all possible be vegetarian or vegan.  A meat-based diet is acidic and it is better (if you find it hard to be a complete vegetarian) to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful.

•Drink cold icy water, especially after eating a meal or with a meal. Reduce or eliminate all drinks with meals. Try not to drink any water with meals, if you have to then just sip some tepid room temperature water. Cold water will solidify any oily stuff you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion i.e. the digestive fire or Agni inside us. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and could lead to cancer.

•Drink carbonated waters or fizzy drinks at all.

•Consume citrus or other fruits in the evening, or generally after 5pm. Eat fruits in daytime if you must.

•Consume yoghurts in the evening at all

•Eat heavy meals in the evening and totally avoid carbohydrates such as pasta, breads, chapattis, rice etc. Better to only have soups, dals and salads in the evening.

•Think that protein and calcium is mainly available from meat or dairy products respectively. Green vegetables have high sources of protein and calcium too!

•Eat junk foods like Fried food like Kentucky, Burger King, McDonalds, pizzas, samosas, and even masala dosas. 

•Eat food with preservatives and too much salt

•Eat canned foods.

•Eat too many breads, keep your carbs low!

•Eat fruits with or just before or after a meal. Eat fruits at least 30-45 minutes before a meal or preferably on a completely empty stomach otherwise they can putrefy in side and cause indigestion problems.

•Have cold ice creams or desserts just after your meals.

•Smoke or drink excess alcohol. Avoid alcohol altogether if you can.

•Have excess sugary foods. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. 

•Have too much salt in your food. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt. 

•Drink coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has many known benefits including cancer-fighting properties.

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A wise person once said: “Eat breakfast like a king,

lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar”

IMPORTANT


Please be aware that your stomach must have been empty for about 3 hours minimum before commencing Yoga Pranayamas if you had a light-medium sized meal. If you had a large meal then 4 hours. You may drink water or dilute juices in that 3-4 hour period of no food, but not fruit juices, small snacks, chocolates or fruits.

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