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Article excerpted from here. Written by Carrie Dennett from the Seattle Times.
Officially, there are three levels of preventive health: primary, secondary and tertiary.
Yoga is not simply a form of exercise; it is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that aims to bring one to a state of spiritual insight and tranquility. It follows, then, that nutrition is a key part of the yoga philosophy—in order to reach a peak state of both mental and physical health, eating a fulfilling and energy-rich diet is crucial.(Keep in mind that while these guidelines are related to yoga, they also serve as general principles for good nutrition and maximum health and mirror the suggestions of many doctors and nutritionists today.)
Yogis have certain guidelines regarding healthy eating, but it is based around the principle of eating small quantities of very high quality food. Recommended foods to eat for a yoga-friendly diet include:
Most who practice yoga regularly recommend limiting consumption of the following foods:
Yogis generally recommend eating slowly to enable proper digestion and extraction of all available nutrients in one’s food. Also emphasized is the importance of eating fresh, raw food whenever possible and eating food that is neither too hot nor too cold.