Six Simple Rules to Enhance Your Overall Health
(excerpt from Mastering Secrets of Yoga Flow by Doug Swenson)

The following six rules are the backbone of a true yogic diet. To begin to make a change, choose one of these rules, and master it. Then try to apply a second, and third. Soon, you will be eating and feeling much better. However, no matter which rule you begin with, try not to replace your current diet by overeating any of the good foods mentioned above. Overeating is hard on digestion and can be unhealthy for you, even if you are eating healthy natural food.

1. Base your diet on vegetarian foods – cut back on meat and other animal products, including eggs and dairy products as well. Eat more fresh raw, steamed, and baked vegetables. Strive for a diet free from all animal products, many experts in the field of nutrition will agree that you do not need any animal products to be completely healthy.

2. Eat a variety of foods -- don’t simply eat the same thing everyday. A variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, supply a vast array of healthy vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.

3. Reduce the fat content in your body, stay away from saturated fats and heated oils. Try to avoid fried foods whenever possible.

4. Increase fiber in your diet that you take into your food, by eat more fresh raw fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

5. Eat organically grown foods, commercially grown food is loaded with chemical pesticides, which are not good for your health or the environment.

6. Eat more plant food in its natural state. Put more fresh raw foods in your diet. Try to eat whole unprocessed foods. Foods in their whole natural state retain all of the healthy natural fats, carbohydrates, proteins, living enzymes vitamins and minerals as contained in nature.


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