Proper nutrition is so important to a healthy lifestyle. While it’s okay to indulge in that cookie or slice of pizza every now and then, excessive consumption of these types of food can cause issues with your health and well-being. Yoga is all about enhancing your body and mind. With this in mind, what types of food and drink should one consume while becoming the best yogi they can be? It would be great to get inside the mind of a yoga instructor and figure out what their nutrition habits are like.
Well, you are in luck!
The following article takes a peek inside the diet of a yoga instructor. These insights can help you, the aspiring yogi, get a little closer to zen.
See the article below and pass this along to the other yogis in your life.
By Rebecca Poyurs
An instructor’s advice: Rebecca Poyurs – Yoga instructor
What is your best early morning wake-me-up?
A green tea with lemon!
What are your five foods to a calmer soul?
Mint (add to hot water or smoothies), ginger (add with hot water, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, lemon and little honey for a comfort drink before bed), blueberries (add to Greek yoghurt or to coconut water), butternut (add some cinnamon and pepper when roasting) and sweet potato (sweet potato brownies! Yes – they are delicious). These are all lovely foods to mix with other simple ingredients to create a calming and comforting recipe!
What food have you learnt to avoid since becoming a yoga teacher?
I tend to stay away from sugar since becoming a yoga teacher. I have worked on using other more natural sweeteners to get the fix and have discovered many other foods and ingredients to use instead! Honey and agave are good alternatives.
What is your mantra on cooking healthily?
Colours! Allow yourself to be colourful with your food, trying different items together.
What has yoga taught you about eating healthily?
It has taught me that connecting to your body is key in ensuring you stay healthy and energised for the day. Finding what works for you and nourishing the body, not just filling the body. Good, clean eating is pivotal to keeping up your immune system and feeling strong within your body.
Eating by colour
The Rainbow Diet is set around the premise that you should try to eat as many colourful foods as possible. This will increase your intake of different vitamins and nutrients, which can see improvements in your health and immune system.
Red (for a healthy heart and good memory)
Red apples, pomegranates, red onions, strawberries and tomatoes
Yellow/orange (for vitamin C, antioxidants, and to strengthen the immune system)