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The prana-based diet

A way of eating that focuses on increasing life-force.

 

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by Jesse Johnston in Inisghts

Prana, the Sanskrit word for life force, is considered to be a cosmic energy that permeates the universe on all levels.  “Eat, think, move” is the foundation for The Prana Kitchen, and the method for tapping into this energy. A prana-based diet is about eating mindfully, thinking consciously, and moving intentionally. 

Mindful eating is the practice of cultivating an open-minded awareness of how the food we choose to eat affects one’s body, feelings, mind, and all that is around us.

The word diet comes from Old French diete and Medieval Latin dieta meaning “a daily food allowance”. The Latin word diaeta and Greek word diaita mean “a way of life, a regimen”.

A simple definition of food: any nutritious substance used to maintain life and growth.

Now the prana-based diet begins to become more clear. “A way of life, where one is mindful of their food, thoughts, and movement, in order to maintain vitality and growth.”  Vitality in the sense of your internal energy, your inner fire, the universal pulse that beats within you. Growth in the physical/physiological sense, and also in the sense of awareness. A continual understanding of the connectedness of all things. The more one is in this state of understanding, the more they can experience a state of alignment.

Imagine a sapling, small and unaware at first. Over the years as it continues to grow, reaching toward the sunlight, it one day is able to look down upon the land in which it came from, and experience its entire being, roots and earth as one.

The goal of a prana-based diet is to see the bigger picture, so you do not simply exist, but you participate in the grand existence of everything that is, recognizing that you, and everything else on this planet, is equally important.

Many people today do not follow a specific diet. They eat what they want, when they want, which could be why:

  • More than two-thirds of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • One-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be
    overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.

The Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity include:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (excess fat and inflammation of the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol)
  • osteoarthritis (a health problem causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or more joints)
  • some types of cancer: breast, colon, endometrial (related to the uterine lining), and kidney
  • stroke

The two leading causes of death are heart disease and cancer, and as you can see above, they are directly related to diet.

As I deepened my relationship with food, I wanted to experience a diet that not only focused on eating for longevity, but was also a way of life. Most importantly, I wanted to be able to share it with anyone, and make it possible for them to integrate it into their lives if they so chose.

I personally believe everything is interconnected, and I want to live in a way that honors that interconnectivity. I want to eat in a way that contributes to the well-being of myself, others, and the planet.

The best thing about a prana-based diet, is that it’s accessible to anyone. It does not matter what you currently eat; when you begin to become more mindful of what you put into your body, you continually expand your awareness and move towards more conscious choices.

I believe most diets are unsuccessful because people are not given the resources to prepare healthy, delicious meals. Culinary arts is the key to putting knowledge of nutritious foods into action, and that takes time. However it is time well spent, and one of my goals is to provide as much insight and instruction as I can into the art of crafting nourishing recipes.

Personal beliefs aside, plant-based diets have more scientific evidence highlighting their benefits than any other kind of diet. In October 2012, the well known journal Food Technology reported that plant-based diets either minimize or completely eliminate people’s genetic propensity to developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

The recipes I send out are vegan, gluten-free, and often raw, with an emphasis on nutrition and flavor.

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