When I was young I would eat like a horse. I was very proud of how much I could eat and I did not care if it was a Sara Lee double chocolate cake or a McDonald’s burger. I did notice however at a certain stage in my life I started to put on weight. I was a bit outraged at the idea that as you get older you cannot eat the junk you ate as a teenager, until I discovered why during my Kundalini Yoga course in Humanology.
Now I understand that my body, mind and emotions go through regular cycles. During these cycles if I want to optimise feeling good, physically, mentally and emotionally I need to adjust my diet and activities to correspondent with these natural changes. Diet in fact should be appropriate to what we are doing and in what phase of life we are in. The first 1-30 years roughly, are spent building the body. Our body tends to be moist and heavy we are prone to respiratory problems and phlegm. During this time, we should eat drying astringent foods like pomegranate, green apples, green grapes and drink green tea. We can also consume more fats and carbohydrates. We have the energy to burn up calories at their fastest pace during this phase in our lives.
During our middle years around 30-60 we tend towards excess heat in the body and inflammatory disorders. If you are suffering with arthritis you need to eat less yoghurt, cheese, tomatoes and vinegar. Increase cooling foods and drinks like coconut, sweet fruits, water melon, rice, milk, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes. During this phase you need to eat one third less than you ate during the first third of your life, otherwise as your metabolism slows down you will slowly gain weight.
In our elder years we tend to become colder and drier. Elders suffer from constipation as digestive juices are secreted less. Well-cooked easy to digest foods are needed. Also anti-aging rejuvenative foods like green vegetables, beetroot, etc. Drink warm drinks, include spices like cinnamon, garlic and cloves. Apples, prunes, beetroot, broccoli, oatmeal and chickpeas are good foods for this age. Also aim to eat two-thirds less than during the first third of your life, as the muscle mass decreases in the body and the metabolism slows down further.
Fungus – if you are suffering from a fungal infection like candida that will not go away, you need to be conscious of your emotional state. Are you supressing feelings of sorrow, feeling a victim or are you passive aggressive? Could you reframe your thoughts and emotions and feel like you have volunteered for everything that has happened to you in life and the bigger picture of your existence.
Viruses – if you are always getting viral infections you may feel frustrated about unfulfilled expectations or life lessons. Can you reframe your life to create more compassion, tolerance and peace within by coming from your heart centre?
Bacteria – feeds on feelings of deep emotional pain and fear. Can you reframe your mind to feel you are equal to all of your challenges and face the fear and do it anyway?
Parasites – Anger fuels internal parasites. Can you start moving that heat of anger up to the heart centre where you can feel forgiveness? Do cooling pranayamas like Sitali to take the heat out of any anger issues?
Onions are anti-allergy foods. Onions contain bioflavonoids quercetin, this inhibits an enzyme, lipoxygenase which generates an inflammatory chemical. This will help reduce the inflammatory cells in the respiratory tract of asthmatics. Also good for coughs. You need to make equal amounts of onion juice and honey. Take 3 to 4 teaspoons daily.
Garlic reduces cholesterol and blood pressure as well as aiding stomach ulcers. A recent study in the Netherlands confirmed that garlic kills bacterium associated with stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori. Make a rice pudding using garlic and as little rice as possible and milk, cook it until it is soft and take it for 5 days.
Ginger is seen as the Universal medicine. It increases circulation, good for colds, arthritis, increases digestion and reduces phlegm. Ginger is also high in calcium and iron content. Great also for nausea, and reduces bloating. You can take up to 3grams per day in capsules or 1 tsp chopped fresh in tea 3 times a day.
Celery widely considered one of the most cooling foods which is rich in organic sodium (not sodium chloride or salt). If you suffer from insomnia you need to take a juice or steamed celery stalks before bed. 8-16flu oz. with a little prune juice will help soothe your nervous system and send you off to sleep.
Beetroot juice. King detoxifier of the liver. You must mix beetroot juice with other veggie juices so that all the toxins don’t get blasted out into our blood stream all at once. Also a great cure for haemorrhoids.
Green veggies are another great detoxifier and antioxidant. Drink 32 flu oz. per day or 4 measuring cups.
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Mon 29 August 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 30 August 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
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