Diet of the 21st Century Yogi

virabhadrasana, hatha yogaRecently I shared on an exclusive call – Diet of the 21st Century Yogi – how to live in accordance with the health and lifestyle principles of the ancient yogis. This information is so important, especially in today’s world, which makes it a whole lot more difficult to honor the Yamas and Niyamas (ethics and practices) of ancient yogis.

Today’s yogi may not have things quite as tough as ancient yogis once did, but he/she also doesn’t have it all that easy either — especially given that we live in a world where we are surrounded by cruel and inhumane practices that make it difficult to eat ethically, if you’re one of those who needs some animal sources of food.

I decided to share a few of the highlights of my call with you. Whether you’re a yogi or not, I believe you can benefit greatly from the strategies I’m about to share.

What ancient yogis didn’t face:

  1. Toxins – babies born into today’s world are exposed to over 300 toxins as soon as they take their first breath, if not as early as while they’re cozy in their mother’s womb.
  2. EMFs (Electromagnetic Frequencies) – we’re living in a toxic soup of EMFs bouncing off all our electronic conveniences.
  3. Stress – the yogi of the 21st century is constantly “on” – we’re always available via our cell phones and the Internet. We’re seldom “unplugged.”
  4. Fatigue from burning the midnight oil nearly 24/7 and resulting sleep disturbances thanks to artificial lighting turning the night into day.
  5. Processed foods that are nearly void of nutrients.
  6. Foods that are raised or grown without respect for all living things.
  7. Genetically Modified (GMO) or Genetically Engineered foods.

A few key points for the health-minded 21st century yogi (and non-yogi) to consider:

*Please note, I have no judgment around whether you choose a vegetarian, vegan or omnivore diet. If, on the other hand, you find yourself overcome with judgment by the following information then I encourage you to read The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith – it’s a real eye opener and helps us to be compassionate towards all animals, including the human variety.

  1. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, remember to include the “veg” part of those words. Your diet should consist primarily of non-starchy vegetables and fruit. That’s why they call it Vegetarian, not Pastatarian!
  2. Avoid pasteurized, homogenized and chemicalized dairy foods. Ancient yogis ate dairy that was raw (unheated, which is what pasteurization is), rich with goodness that our modern-day dairy laws no longer permit.
  3. If you’re an omnivore (meat and veggie eater) buy only products produced by farmers or ranchers who raise and finish their animals using clean and humane methods. Look for grass-fed and finished meats, free-range poultry (not just cage free or access to) and eggs.
  4. Choose only wild-caught fish. Avoid farmed fish, which are kept in enclosures and fed an unnatural diet (think GMO), the meat is then dyed to give it an attractive, palatable color (gag).
  5. Load up on Superfoods and greens such as chlorella, spirulina, raw chocolate (cacao), coconut oil/milk and chia seeds, to name only a few.
  6. Listen to, and apply the strategies offered in my FREE “5 Zees to a Great Night’s Sleep” in order to improve your energy and mental clarity.
  7. Eat according to my 60/20/10/10 rule:
    • 60% of diet is non-starchy, plant based veggies (green & colorful)
    • 20% of diet is protein source (protein burns fat by the way)
    • 10% is starchy veggies or whole grains such as quinoa, wild rice, etc.
    • 10% is unpasteurized fermented foods such as sauerkraut

5 Lifestyle Habits for a healthy happy Yogi (and non-Yogis too!)

  1. Detoxify your skin (it is your largest organ after all – sorry guys but it’s true). Dry brush your bod before showering to slough off those yucky toxins.
  2. Detoxing through mouth, sinuses and breath:
    • Scrape your tongue first thing in the morning – tongue scrapers are available at health food stores.
    • Do Neti pot – use clean water (especially if you don’t have a whole-home water filtration system – don’t use tap water).
    • Do yoga practices designed to help you focus on consciously inhaling & exhaling from your diaphragm, called parasympathetic breathing.
  3. Find silence through meditation – for many of us this idea is slow torture, but sitting in silence – not seeking anything – is where your mind can begin to eliminate toxins.
    • Spend 10 to 20 minutes in meditation before you start your day
    • If you must, start with just 1 minute and add another minute everyday – pretty soon you’ll be feel’n the love – and the clarity.
  4. Sweat every day. Yogis in India practiced at 5 a.m. – when temperatures are in the 80’s. Find a yoga studio whose room temps are below 100 but are nice and humid. 
    • FIR sauna is another great way to sweat passively.
    • In high heat 80% of sweat is water; FIR sauna uses low heat, special ceramic panels and 80% of sweat is toxins
  5. Squat to do your biz – say what?!
    • We’re not designed to sit in a chair to eliminate, which is the position we’re in on a toilet – it creates a lot of strain. When you squat to poo it lengthens and straightens the colon.
    • Here’s one way to look at it – “Raise your knees and feet – make your elimination smooth & neat”
    • Use a low footstool to slide under your feet while you’re sitting on the toilet.

Good grief, there was so much more juicy information on the call, but this will at least get you started. Okay, tell ya what — if you’d like to hear the FREE download of the Diet of the 21st Century Yogi call for yourself, I’m making it available to you by simply clicking here.