Liquid diets, high energy, & optimal weight

Liquid diets, high energy, & optimal weight

I ran into the liquid diet through the backdoor. After years of studying/practicing Ayurveda as the gateway to optimal health, I learned about green liquid diets from my students and clients. Being interested in what I don’t know… I tried it. And, my body said YES! And I began to know from inside why it’s better to drink our nutrients. It begins with the….

Principles of Energy Conversion

Once you realize your body is pliable and integrated when you feel great, you want to enhance that pliability and integration. Getting your nutrients (a.k.a. food) through a liquid medium starts to become a higher priority. Why? Because your body is a liquid medium. The energy required to convert solid foods (meat, cheese, grains) into a liquid medium takes effort and energy. Your awake, vibrantly healthy self starts to consciously and unconsciously decide to use this effort and energy towards higher aspirations than using your energy to deal with digesting heavy food on a daily basis.

A High Energy Diet

What does a surplus of energy/vitality enable for you? Imagine you have a few more hours in the day. Imagine a mind that hums without caffeination. Imagine a body that isn’t carrying extra waste from storing partially digested food. (It’s kind of gross, isn’t it?)

Optimal Weight

When we store weight, we store waste. Ayurveda explains how this waste being stored in the tissues (dhatus) of the body affect the quality of tissue (quality of your lymph, your blood, your muscle, your fat.. and on down the line). When we store waste we create a weakness of body integrity. Solid foods are easier to both overeat, and harder to digest. Solid foods become waste more easily than liquid nutrients.

High Speed Blenders

The high speed blender is essential for a sustainable optimal energy diet. Without investing in a blender, you won’t achieve the texture and flavor that makes this way of nutrifying your body so tasty.

I LOVE my blender.  I use it about twice a day. Smoothies for breakfast, raw soups for dinner. My kid learned to read the numbers 1-4 on our Blendtec while making her (and everyone else’s) green smoothies.

We also make our chocolate truffles in the blender, as well as sauces, salad dressing, hummus, and nut milks. The texture you can achieve with a high speed blender makes it only a matter of time for those really interested in a living foods experience in their body.

Cate Stillman
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3 Comments
  • How to Detox Your Body | Yogi Detox
    Posted at 16 February 2012

    […] nutrients (a.k.a. food) through a liquid medium starts to become a higher priority. You can have a liquid diet for a week or a […]

  • Ayurvedic Diet?
    Posted at 6 March 2012

    Liquid Diet, interesting thought! Just wondering if that could be part of a traditional Ayurvedic Diet? Are there any books about this? Or any references if that is used in Ayurveda somewhere?
    Thanks 🙂

  • cate - yogahealer
    Posted at 9 March 2012

    To answer your question,
    here is a non-ayurvedic liquid diet book”

    Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko
    http://www.amazon.com/Green-Smoothie-Revolution-Radical-Towards/dp/1556438125/ref=pd_sim_b_1

    You can transcribe the recipes for each dosha (ex. add ginger, parsley, cayenne and lemon for Kapha), use fennel bulb for Pitta, etc.

    I”m writing a book on Living Foods Ayurveda, which will have a recipe section and a liquid food section.

    I’d love to see a book that covers the evolutions of Ayurveda. I’m not sure if traditional Ayurveda, means conventional Ayurveda (like in the past 200 years). My sense is that if we go back 1000 years we see a lot more living and wild foods.

    Obviously, with more living and wild there is more chewing.
    Blending and juicing takes the place of mastication (but not really). My sense, as a species, we eat less greens every year. (Except for the few remaining indigenous species). Until the major yoga and raw foods revolution awoke at a certain level of development (see primarily now in westernized cultures).

    So, as a developed species has (1) power (2) power tools (3) access to greens… we prefer to blend them. They taste better with fruit, which is how we used to eat them in the wild. Now that we’re in the kitchen… the smoothie or juice combo of fruit and veggie is tasty, fast, and gives us what we’re looking for in terms of consciousness in food.

    Ayurvedic eating is essentially about consciousness in food. It’s not essentially about specializing cooked food diets for specific people with specific disease patterns.

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