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Oct 12, 2017
By Guest Blogger: Rita Amaral
Maintaining a healthy body is nowadays a priority for many of us, especially if we practice yoga. The food we eat greatly affects our body, and also how we feel. So it's important we pay attention to what we eat and get to know healthy foods that can nourish our body and consequently our soul.
Here I will mention some foods that in my experience greatly contribute to a healthy yoga body, but please bear in mind that each body is different and you should always experiment and decide what works for you. It may not be the same thing that works for me or other people!
- Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are very nutrient-dense and incredibly healthy. This is because they are rich in antioxidants, fibers, vitamins, and minerals, as well as plant-based substances like polyphenols that help protect you from heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer. A great way to eat them is through green smoothies! Smoothies that have as base green leafy vegetables and then you can then add a small portion of fruit and some powdered superfoods (see below) to make it even more nutritious. A great combination is spinach, kale, pineapple, orange, spirulina, chlorella and vegan protein mix (pea, hemp and/or rice proteins). This meal will provide you with protein, vitamin, and minerals. You can have it for breakfast or as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, and as a drink or in a smoothie bowl topped with muesli or granola. I love to have mine after my yoga practice.
- Whole grains
Eating whole, instead of refined grains is one of the best things you can do to your body. Whole grains have higher levels of fiber than refined grains. Fiber is what helps your body control blood sugar levels, making you feel full and satisfied for longer. In addition, they have more minerals and vitamins, which is always a plus. Examples of good and healthy grains are: spelt and kamut (these are old types of wheat that have not been modified for industrial use and are thus more nutritious than wheat and their gluten is also different being more tolerable by most people); rye; barley; oats; brown rice.
There are plenty of healthy foods that have been recently labeled and advertised as superfoods. These are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals, which contribute to a healthy body. Some examples are small fruits like acai berries and camu camu; algae like spirulina and chlorella and seeds like chia and hemp seeds. You can find these in health food stores and use them in smoothies, porridges, and pancakes.
These are just some examples of simple foods that you can incorporate in our diet if you aren’t incorporating already, and that will make your body healthy and glowing!
Rita is a Mother, an Ashtangi and a Researcher. With a PhD in Biology, and after years of doing research on whales and dolphins, she found Yoga and Ayurveda and her life changed forever. She has been practicing Ashtanga yoga and studying mindfulness and nutrition for several years. Through her daily yoga practice and meditation and by maintaining healthy eating habits she found her well-being and overcame an eating disorder that haunted her for years. She is set out on a mission to help others achieve the same.
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