You have all heard the buzz word, “Detox”. What do you really want to achieve out of that? Some say weight loss, people like me say, healthy skin and a healthy colon. I will divide this topic into two parts, first being Satvik diet and second being Kosher diet. All these originate from Yoga. Yogis often dictate this kind of diet, which includes fresh vegetables, no non-vegetarian food, no alcohol and of course no smoking.
The Satvik foods are those that are healthy, fresh, light, easy to digest and calming to the mind. They don’t pressurize your digestive system, if you are trying to increase your fitness levels and overall well being, and if you do yoga regularly and want the benefits to show, you must try Satvik diet, which is nothing but simple vegetarian food.
The Satvik foods promote focus and clarity of the mind, and you will not get any sugar rushes, mood swings, after eating a Satvik diet. Rice, milk, ghee, honey, beans, fresh fruits, and vegetables such as carrots, bottle gourd and sprouts are considered Satvik foods. In a Satvik food diet, onions, garlic, cauliflower are supposed to increase tensi0n and promote lethargy, thus they are to be avoided.
Some health benefits of a Satvik diet:
1. Promotes a healthy colon and reduces problems of constipation and other related diseases:
I am not saying that you become a total yogi and become a very boring person, but some days in a week, you can easily have this kind of food and give your body rest. It is like fasting, where your digestive system gets much deserving rest. My father started complaining of knee pain, and he is a mutton lover. The doctor suggested to avoid him mutton, and he did for sometime. The pain actually reduced. Similarly, I had a very bad stomach one day, since I ate out for a couple of days, which I am not usually used to. I had severe pain in the legs, I wondered what had happened. I took a rest for a day ate light Satvik food and my leg pain was gone.
Food is eternally linked to our system, we need food to survive, but do we need that junk food, alcohol, that fizzy cola in your hand? No, you need basic water, food to survive, but yes you do your greens, pulses to keep you going. Thus, Satvik food promotes healthy colon, which in turn helps you keeping away with all the problems related to it.
2. Keeps your skin younger looking:
The biggest criminal in your diet is the white sugar, it really doesn’t do any good to your skin, if you want healthy glowing skin, adopt a day of Satvik food and notice the difference. I am a vegetarian by choice, I believe that meat eaters can never understand that a Satvik diet makes you look younger by years, this is just my opinion on meat eaters. I have noticed it. And I am not excluding, fish; which is considered to be healthy.
3. Keeps mind fresh:
Have you been feeling sluggish lately? Notice your diet, you may be avoiding all meals in a day to hog on a pizza after, but is it doing any good to you? Your energy levels will dip eventually, you need proper nutrition. Eating satvik foods, keeps your mind fresh and you remain happy. You always have a cool mind, as these foods do not disrupt your digestion.
4. Keeps you fit:
I do not support any kind of diet, whether it is Atkins or South Beach. I believe that eating what your mom has been giving you for many years, simple dal chaval, roti and sabzi is the best bet for Indians. We are used to eating this and not pizza, burgers etc. Indian food is the most fulfilling. Eat what your genes are used to and you will always be fit. And if you have been eating a lot of meat during these holidays, try to skip in between. Usually, Indians follow a particular day of skipping meat, and the precise reason is this 🙂
5. Keeps your joints and ligaments intact:
The gases released by our body is due to the food we eat, many times the blockages lead to pain in the knee, legs etc. I have seen my dad going through a terrible knee pain, the best way to counter is to do moderate exercise as recommended by your physiotherapist and along with that follow a simple diet with foods that are easy to digest. Avoid anything which is packaged, eat fresh and have a lot of greens. You won’t need medicines at all if it is in early stage.
Till then, eat simple and show those dimples 😉
When are you going to start Satvik Diet and Yoga?
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