Hello! The trip to Mui Ne was amazing! Thank you if you were part of my experience there. I really enjoyed being with each and everyone of you. Lee and Quyen will be organizing more retreats in Vietnam so I’ll keep you all posted up about it!
Well, I’m going to share with you my diet. For yoga practice it’s a big part of your development through body, mind, and soul. There’s also just so many problems you’ll never have with the right diet! When you keep your insides clean with fresh food, your energy and the immune system become a serious force to be reckoned with. You’ll rarely get sick and your friends will wonder why you’re practically inexhaustible. Sound good!?
Ok. Step 1 Fruit for Breakfast
Fruit is fast, clean energy that hydrates and gets you turned on with it’s sweetness. It’s also practically free energy. It doesn’t take long to reach the intestines and nourish, as long as nothing else is in the stomach already. This makes it perfect for breakfast. I eat only fruit until lunch time usually. Eat a variety of fruit for as long as you want. Even if it just starts as one piece before your “normal” breakfast. If you want to go back to fruit after those normal meals you should wait 2-3 hours or it will ferment on top. Especially if you’ve been eating starchy carbohydrates. Melons are also eaten as mono edible. Don’t occupy the stomach with melon and other types of fruit. Once you are empty go for next thing. This is one of the biggest secrets to healthy eating. The stomach likes it simple.
Step 2. Raw and Fresh
Make much of the rest of your meals raw leafy greens with other vegetables and the heartier vegetable-like fruits such as peppers or tomatoes. Add in avocados, nuts, herbs, etc. Bring around snacks of carrots and celery and nuts for the day. A lot of people get an afternoon slump in energy and it’s usually because too much of their energy went to digesting a heavy lunch. Salad for lunch is perfect. I really enjoy a big bowl of spinach, celery, bok choy, with coriander, basil, and mint, topped with tomatos, avocado, walnuts, ground sesame and flax seeds with a few limes squeezed on top. Satisfying and you still feel light and energetic.
Step 3 Food Combinations
I’ve done periods of months eating 99% raw foods. I had a very tight schedule with little opportunity for temptations to sneak in. Now, living in bangkok I have loads of temptation but I still eat a mostly raw diet. Really as much as possible, unless I’m out to eat with friends somewhere without a good option or I have a craving for some incredible thai dish. Dinner is a good time to listen to your body and make your own decision. Diet changes have to happen slowly, especially for the strong dinner time habits. So, dinner, more raw food or a cooked meal. If you move to the cooked meal keep the above chart in mind. The “poor” combinations produce toxicity and slow the digestive process, wasting your energy. For myself the options I’d allow are rice or hearty bread with vegetables, or vegetables with seafood. Or just some stir fried veggies in coconut oil, Mm! Sometimes a nicely prepared piece of fish just seems like what my body needs. Listen to your body. If you have dinner early enough you can even treat yourself to a piece of fruit before bed. I’ve been loving 10pm mango! Keep experimenting with raw and see how far you can take it because the cleaner you eat, the better you feel, and the more the love can shine through.
Fruit for Breakfast Raw over Cooked No Meat & Starch
Salad for Lunch Vegetarian over Non Eat a lot but don’t Stuff
Smart Dinner Whole over Processed Drink lots of water
Here’s the image I always think about when considering why this is so good for you. Just imagine what the food turns into as it’s traveling through your body and check it out on the other side. Eat the foods that are going to turn into a cleansing sponge of fiber and nutrient infused H20 wash for your intestines. You should be doing your #two 2-3 times a day and it should be a pleasant and easy experience. When your intestines are clean, you are clean. I started eating like this about six months after beginning my yoga practice and it made flexibility come easier and meditation more accessible.
This guy is awesome. The Life Regenerator on YouTube