Definitely the most common question I hear time and time again is “what should I eat?”. Sometimes it's more specific, such as “what should I eat before or after class”, or “what should I eat to help me sleep?”. I've written about this before but I really don't think it's a topic that can be discussed too often! Today I'd like to keep it really simple, and just share with you my all-time favourite foods for health and energy. They are, for the most part, perfect any time of the day and will serve you well either before or after your practice, or both. Red wine, of course, may be the exception there :
I've chosen these foods because I consider each of them to be a superfood, either due to extremely high nutrient-density, antioxidant properties, or just for the fact that they're super-satisfying while also being really good for you!
Without further ado, here they are.
1. Eggs - nature's wonder food, and yes it is okay if you eat them daily, particularly if they're free-range or organic. Read more on that here.
2. Avocado - a starchy and fatty fruit, but good for you in so many ways! Avocado has the type of fat that will actually help you burn more stored fat, and it will keep you going for ages. I love it on salads, or just plain with real salt and pepper.
3. Coconut oil - boosts your metabolism, reduces inflammation, and may even decrease cellulite. Need we say more? This medium-chain saturated fatty acid works directly on the liver for energy and will NOT be stored as fat. As with all fats, make sure it's organic. Read more about coconut oil here.
4. Organic, grass fed beef or lamb. When it comes to choosing your protein, quality is definitely key. Organic grass-fed meats contain higher amounts of essential fatty acids, and are free of the toxifying antibiotics and pesticides that contaminate conventional meat. Protein is essential for daily detoxification, cell repair, and metabolism. A definite must for all yogis! If you choose not to eat meat, be sure to read up on alternative protein sources and healthy vegetarianism.
5. Organic red wine. Red wine is an excellent source of resveratrol, a heart-protecting antioxidant. Choose organic to avoid highly allergenic pesticides (and because it tastes so much cleaner!)
6. Raw vegie salads. There's nothing quite like eating a huge bowl of fresh, raw vegies to get you feeling crisp, clean and uplifted. Add extra zing with red wine vinegar and freshly squeezed lemon or lime, and top with some goats feta for good protein and fats.
7. Nut butters. Almond butter is a staple in my house - a teaspoon of it is the perfect 'tide me over' snack, and something I often grab if running out the door to Bikram and feeling a little hungry.
8. Raw cacao powder. Carb-free, sugar-free chocolate in it's natural state? The highest natural source of magnesium and antioxidants? Enough said! I mix some with whey protein powder (see below) or with coconut oil as a tasty and satisfying treat.
9. A quality protein shake is perfect for either before an early morning class (just have half), or afterwards when you don't want a heavy meal. This one is organic and also contains essential fats and plant-based carbs.
10. Full fat cream and berries. Organic full-fat dairy is easy to find (even in Coles), and - if you can tolerate dairy - is an excellent source of natural fats and proteins. Eating full fat cream will stave off sugar cravings, and contrary to popular belief eating (real) fat will not cause you to gain weight but will actually help you burn fat! Read more about that here.
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Food for Yoga. Food for Life.
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