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Mindful eating

Get your body and mind in sync with Kimberly Parsons’ yoga kitchen tips

The Yoga Kitchen

Once you start to explore the connections between your mind, body and spirit, you inevitably gravitate towards a diet that gives you energy, nourishment, lightness and flexibility.

A yogi diet is a balanced diet that ancient yogis believed had a huge influence, not only over your physical wellbeing, but also over your thoughts, and ultimately your emotional and spiritual wellbeing. When we eat a pure diet, the food and life force found in these foods bring us physical strength, clarity for our mind, health and longevity. They calm, purify and lead to a peaceful mind in control of a fit body, with a balanced flow of energy between them leading to a peaceful state where higher consciousness becomes accessible.

There are whole grains beautifully arranged around lots of olive oil and vegetables. There are fresh fruits and natural sugars scattered through meals, offering us the taste of sweet in perfect proportions. Handfuls of nuts and seeds bring texture and healthful benefits, and nothing is too stimulating, yet nor is it boring. This way of eating is vegan food alchemy in its most beautiful form. Go ahead, indulge in the life force of plants!

A happy gut

Consuming probiotic rich, fermented foods, such as miso and sauerkraut, and drinks, such as kefir and kombucha, will introduce beneficial bacteria into your digestive system. These help maintain a balance of good, healthful bacteria against the bad bacteria, which can inhibit the absorption of all the amazing nutrients we will be eating, cause bloating or give us hazy brain fog. Eating plenty of prebiotic foods, such as asparagus, banana, oats and apples every day feeds these healthy probiotic bacteria and helps keep our immune systems strong.

Calm through water

We all know that drinking water is an essential daily habit. Staying hydrated helps our muscles recover more quickly post-yoga. It also helps flush out the toxins that we eliminate during a yoga class through twisting, sweating and breathing deeply. Here is an easy way to work out how much water you should drink each day: divide your bodyweight in kilos by 30.

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In the mood for a warming one pot? We've got plenty of delicious vegan options waiting for you in the February issue of Vegan Food & Living. Also this issue, we reveal how to take your new lifestyle into February and beyond for anyone who has been doing Veganuary, plus we show you how Bento boxes can transform your lunches. If that's not enough, you can discover how to reduce your food waste, uncover the truth behind the B vitamins and whip up a Friday night fakeaway. Plus check out the hot new vegan fabrics set to hit the high street and explore the common misconceptions of being vegan.