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I found that the cleaner I eat the clearer my spirit seems to be. I can really take in the spiritual aspect of yoga when my body isn't filled with stuff that messes with my mind.
I agree with the lentils being hard to digest and try sprouting them. What kind of hummus are you having? There tends to be a lot of fat in hummus. Whenever I have anything with a lot of fat in it I get horrible stomach problems. Maybe try making your own. I also found a brand but can't remember the name that has no oil or fat. It make my stomach feel a little better.
There's a lot of mix up with the yogic way of eating. Some people say the Ayurvedic diet is the yogic diet when they are two separate diets.
I have a friend who is an Ayurvedic consultant and cooks that way a lot. I could never eat that way than feel good doing yoga. My belly was heavy with high fat over cooked foods that were delicious but way to heavy. Heavy belly tends to equal heavy mind with me.
On the garlic and onions thing...I cut out all garlic and onions. They contain a nerotoxin. I was eating a lot of garlic for a while until I found this out. Than after a really long time of not eating any I tried it again noticing a slight headache and overall feeling of being a little off.
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Legumes can be hard to digest for a lot of people (lentils, chickpeas in hummus.) They often have an enzyme inhibitor on them that keeps one from breaking it down well. Hence, "beans beans the magical fruit..." :)
Some people do better if they get "raw" legumes (not processed in any way) and then soak or sprout them. This helps to get rid of the inhibitor and makes it easier to break down!
I don't know about avoiding garlic and onions altogether, but I do avoid eating about 2 hrs before I practice....which is why I really like my morning practice, I can just do it before breakfast or my morning cup of coffee...
I am still working out what causes my stomach issues, not really yoga related, but I do have trouble with some foods, lately I think the lentil soup I made caused some indigestion, and hummus, oddly enough does that too. And I love those things! Oh well.
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Just my personal anecdote...
For a while, I was doing a high raw, vegan diet... and oddly enough, I felt like I was gaining muscle FASTER than when I was eating an omnivor's diet. I wonder if it's because, while there's less total protein in each food, they were eaiser for my body to use to build, since they're in their smaller amino acid form, instead of longer chains in meat...?
And I have to say, I'm still vegetarian now, but I don't feel as good as I did with the high unprocessed fruits and veggies and I miss that way of eating!
I am not advocating one way or the other vegetarianism or veganism here, I am just trying to explore the number yoga seems to do on my stomach.
My first stop was this article:
A yogic diet varies from tradition to tradition, yet they all are diets that involve very little processed, overly spicy or stale and overcooked food. For some, changing the way we currently eat just because we go to yoga is not our first call to action.
If your diet is lacking in total yogic purity you donít have to stop practicing yoga. Just make a few adjustments a few hours before class. Who knows, it may spark your interest to follow a yogic diet one hundred percent of the time.
[This article features a list of] foods before yoga for maximum results and added comfort in your practice.
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