I am a self-confessed food-aholic. I love and am totally addicted to good food. Cooking. Eating out. Traveling and letting my tummy guide my explorations; from Michelin star restaurants to road-side sticks on plastic crates – I’ve tried it.
I think about food all the time. Sometimes that means that my relationship with food is overindulgent. Especially when I’m stressed – my go-to comfort food; something sweet and nutty.
Knowing your imperfections doesn’t mean you have to give them up. Knowing our weaknesses can actually be a great strength, for me that has meant mastering the art of healthy vegan treats.
I follow the basic principles of Ayurveda, some of which are described in a previous article.
Put simply all life forms rely on food to live, food gives (what yogi’s call prana life-force or) vitality. For this reason, food is celebrated! Yay – another reason to love yoga.
Yogi’s believe that food can nourish on three levels;
- The physical body – experienced through the energy we need for each day
- The emotional body – experienced through the senses and the mind
- The spiritual body – experienced through the ability to have a clear consciousness.
One Ayurvedic guideline is practicing non-attachment. When it comes to food that means quantity. When something tastes amazing, this can be a real challenge! So we try to eat what we need and eat mindfully. That’s not to say we shouldn’t indulge in treats…
In fact, one of the most revered ingredients in Ayurveda is the humble date. They are believed to balance all dosha types and to promote immunity and energy when consumed in moderation.
Dates are high in vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fibre. They are rich in selenium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron to name a few minerals. Interestingly, selenium is a trace mineral that plays an important role in thyroid and immune system function as well as sperm production.
Dates are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, the B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6) and folate. But, they are also high in sugar (especially fructose) so should only be eaten in small amounts.
I like to include about two dates into my daily diet. I do that either through my morning porridge or smoothie depending on the season or bliss balls – my favourite healthy treat.