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Eating to Support Yoga Practice
Saturday, 08 September 2007
Diet, how and when you eat is probably the most important factor for yoga practice.

If you look at the ancient texts on yoga they recommend a minimal diet of a little rice, a few vegetables, some mung dal (lentils) and ghee (clarified butter). The assumption here is that the practitioner is spending most of the time sitting in meditation or study and otherwise minimalising activity. However, a diet like this may not be sufficient for someone who has a stressful job or is physically very active.
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Food suggestions from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Thursday, 03 January 2008
Bitter, sour and salty tastes, unripe vegetables, fermented/rotting and oily foods, intoxicating liquors, fish, meat, yoghurt, chick peas, oil-cake, asafoetida (hinga), garlic, onion, etc., should not be eaten.

Food heated again, dry, having too much salt, sour, indigestable grains, and vegetables that cause burning sensation, should not be eaten.

Wheat, rice, barley, corn, milk, ghee, natural sugar, butter, honey, dried ginger, snake gourd, the five vegetables (5 leafy greens mentioned in GS), mung beans, pure water, these are very beneficial to those who practice Yoga.

A yogi or yogini should eat tonics (things giving strength), well sweetened, made with ghee, milk butter, etc., which may increase humors of the body, according to his or her desire.
 
Ayurveda and Food by Dr. Robert Svoboda
Wednesday, 10 December 2008

A fleeting glimpse of Ayurveda: The Science of Life and Health

Although meat is mandated in Ayurveda for debilitated patients, for warriors (Kshatriyas) and for those who overexert themselves, it is very heavy for digestion, putrefies faster than other foods and produces Ama (internal toxins) quickly. Unless you exercise strenuously, regular meat eating will increase fat rather than flesh.It promotes speed rather than endurance, which is not good for Vata-affected individuals. Meat overheats the mind and warms the body, but even in cold climates, it should not be used to excess. Today's meat is also of poor quality, full of antibiotics and other drugs, taken from feedlot animals who never exercise so that all their Ama remains in their tissues.

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Your Ayurvedic Constitution By Dr. Robert E. Svoboda
Wednesday, 10 December 2008

There are eight possible constitutional types:
V, P, K, VP, PK, VK, VPK, and Balanced.

The small numbers of VPK individuals who have all three energies imbalanced are rarely healthy and must live a very disciplined life to remain disease free. Also, the small numbers of individuals who are almost perfectly balanced are usually healthy since they must be severely stressed before an imbalance develops. We will concentrate on the other six types, the great majority of people. For convenience, Vata has been abbreviated to V, Pitta to P and Kapha to K.

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FASTING AND CLEANSING - by Chris Clark
Saturday, 08 September 2007
FASTING AND CLEANSING - by Chris Clark - www.misohungry.org

Fasting is the most effective, simplest, safest, and least expensive cure for all sickness and disease. Furthermore, it is the oldest healing technique known to man and the most common throughout all of nature. Yes, even animals instinctively fast whenever they become sick.
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WHAT IS MACROBIOTICS? - by Chris Clark
Saturday, 08 September 2007
WHAT IS MACROBIOTICS? - by Chris Clark - www.misohungry.org

Macrobiotics is the practice of balance. For most people, our careers, our relationships, our sexuality, our emotions, our spirituality, and our physical health are constantly in flux. We are up and down, back and forth, and here and there. Does this sporadic ride ever end? Can it? For thousands of years, Eastern philosophies have advocated taking the middle road, seeking balance. Macrobiotics is a practical, relevant outgrowth of these traditions. Its primary concern is the connection between diet and health, and the larger connection between health and happiness. If you nurture your health, thus creating balance within your body, you will experience balance in every aspect of life. However, if you continually neglect your health, sooner or later you will start to notice instability all around you. This is because physical health is the foundation for emotional, mental and spiritual well being. If you can accept this basic premise, then you can appreciate that food is your most basic and most fundamental medicine. With proper food you can be vibrant, happy and full of energy, but with improper food you can be sick and miserable. Most importantly, this is your choice.
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RAW FOOD IS LIVING FOOD! - by Chris Clark
Saturday, 08 September 2007
RAW FOOD IS LIVING FOOD! You Are Not What You Eat!
- by Chris Clark - www.misohungry.org

You are what you assimilate and digest. And the assimilation and digestion of food depends on many factors. Thorough chewing, for example, ensures that digestive enzymes from the saliva are combined with food thus making it more digestible. Also drinking while eating can dilute digestive enzymes and impede digestion. Also taking foods or beverages at excessive temperatures can severely disrupt digestion. But perhaps the most important determining factor for the digestion of food is the method of its preparation. This is the fundamental teaching of the Raw Foods movement. Of course macrobiotics also address food preparation methods, but usually from a strictly energetic perspective. Macrobiotic teachings contend that certain preparation methods, baking for example, are better suited for winter because baking creates warmth and heaviness. And other methods, like steaming, create lighter, cooler energy better for spring and summer. But there is another important consideration regarding food preparation, something rarely discussed in macrobiotic circles. This is the impact of cooking food altogether, or conversely, the effects of eating raw, living food.
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Obesity - Losing Weight by Dr. Robert Svoboda
Wednesday, 10 December 2008

If you are overweight and suffer from all or most of the following symptoms, you urgently need to reduce your poundage (under professional competent guidance):

Pendulous belly, breasts and buttocks; Puffing and panting for breath even on mild exertion; Profuse perspiration even when it is not hot; Excess thirst, especially at night; Intense food craving; Prolonged but unsatisfying sleep; unpleasant body odour; Inflammation where skin folds rub against one another; Generalised body ache; Loss of sexual appetite; Lack of zeal or enthusiasm for living.

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Cultivating Prana by Robert E. Svoboda
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Whoever you may be, and wherever you may live, you live your life well when you live it at the right rate. Plow your way through life and life will wear you out; poke your way along and your life will grind to a halt. Find a pace that suits you, though, and amble along it accordingly, and your world will spontaneously level a path for you.

Life requires of each of us a judicious stride, a step that causes every particle of our being to reverberate with rapport. Some of us find our stride without much effort; a few of us are even born ready to canter. But lots of us stumble along from day to day like we had two left feet, trying in vain to intellectualize our way through life when what all that life asks of us is that we let our prana do our walking for us.
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INTRO TO MACROBIOTIC COOKING - by Chris Clark
Saturday, 08 September 2007
INTRO TO MACROBIOTIC COOKING - by Chris Clark - www.misohungry.org

Getting Started

There are few basic items you will need, the first is a good knife. I recommend NHS brand vegetable knives, made in Japan. Search them out on the web. A good quality wooden cutting board is also essential. Glass and plastic boards will quickly dull your knives. It is important to have at least one good, heavy pot for cooking grains and beans. Le Creuset makes enamel coated cast iron pots, they are the best. But standard cast iron pots are also fine. Silit also makes enamel coated cast iron pots. If you donít have enamel coated cast iron, the next best choice is stainless steel. It is best to avoid aluminum or Teflon coated pans because they leach toxins. Also a flame tamer (also known as flame deflector) is useful for cooking grains.
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local info - Vegetarian Restaurants and Accomodation
Monday, 15 September 2008
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