The Pranic Diet
An old Arabic proverb says, “Good health is wealth.” This is along the lines of the Western maxim, “You are what you eat”, and if you are doing your yoga and eating a lot of microwaved meals, fast food, and junk like potato crisps and candies, chances are, your prana (energy) isn’t very good. But it’s not just how these foods have low or no prana content to them, it’s that they may have negative prana as well.
So despite how much you go to the gym or how dedicated you are to your yoga, the quality of your practice is directly correlated to what you eat. There is a simple rule for getting better prana in your diet: eat closer to the primary sources of energy. To do so means more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, all of which get their prana from primary sources: the air, sun, water, and soil.
Choices To Make – Vegetarian or Ethical Meat?
As expected, this also means less animal and fish flesh, because they must eat plants or other fish animals to get their nutrition, and the quality of energy diminishes the farther away from the source.
Another reason that animals and fish should be eaten with caution beforehand is to remember that firstly, they may be physically dirty—just look at how the living conditions are of animals, plus the slaughterhouses. Secondly, the antibiotics and chemicals in their feed also reduce the quality of energy they take in, and we are thus eating them as well. Lastly, meat is emotionally dirty because they live in fear and agony as they get closer to slaughter, embedded in their meat and energetic anatomy.
This is not to say you should become a vegetarian or a vegan, but simply limit your consumption of meat and fish if you aren’t interested in saying farewell just yet. Take the time and the extra dollars if necessary, to source grass reared, preferably organic, healthy animals for any meat needs.
Fill Yourself with Plants
Some general rules for good energy are:
- Allow 70-80% of your diet be lightly cooked or raw vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
- Do not eat pork, catfish, eel, or carp because they are bottom-feeders
- Organic, natural foods are better than genetically modified foods
- Microwaves diminish not only the energy quality of your food, but also the nutritional content, in addition to adding radiation—so don’t use the microwave at all
- Alcohol is okay, a glass or two of beer or wine displaces liver energy, but don’t drink beyond this, and avoid hard liquor like vodka because the alcohol content in such heavy drinks damages your prana
Apple, Avocado, and Carrot Salad Recipe
An example of a good meal for prana is this recipe, which is also raw, vegan and gluten-free. You will need:
- 2 Carrots
- 2 Apples
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Teaspoon of Ginger
- 2 Oranges
- 1 Bunch of Coriander
- To make the dressing, grate some of the orange peel and a touch of ginger. Chop it up into bits; you don’t want it too big, and then squeeze the orange. Use a little tahini, but water it down a little, and add the liquid in slowly as you mix it so that it doesn’t become too runny. Then add some chopped coriander leaves.
- Squeeze a little lemon juice before cutting up the apple to keep it fresh and delay oxidizing. Mix it with the lemon juice as you put it in. Then chop up the carrots into thin slices. Lastly, cut up the avocado into long slices.
- Once all the ingredients are ready, layer the salad instead of mixing it by first setting lettuce at the bottom, then putting a little dressing on top. Scatter the carrots, avocado, and apples on top of the lettuce, and then add some more dressing. Add a few more coriander leaves on top to finish.
- You’re ready to eat! This should be eaten fast so that the apple doesn’t oxidize, but this shouldn’t be a problem because it is a rather tasty treat, after all.
Holding Your Awareness for the Ultimate in Prana
Ultimately, listen to your body and give it the nourishment it needs by providing it with the nutritious foods that are high in prana, but you should also know how to distinguish your hunger from your cravings. When you know how to feed yourself properly, cravings will gradually disappear and you will have not only good nutrition, but also great energy.
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