|[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 214 ]
Scarcely any other topic rouses debate more than the merits and hazards of foods. Attitudes are firm and passions run high when it comes to what we put inside our bodies on a regular basis.
We humans have become attached to our food, perhaps more than to anything else in life, which is why changing our food habits often evokes strong resistance. These habits have been nurtured and protected for a lifetime and are not easily abdicated, not even in the face of logic and reason.
I find it very interesting to observe the lengths to which some will go to justify their dietary habits -- the tenuous lines of logic that one is willing to craft and the pseudo-science put forth, even to absurd degrees -- to avoid making a change for the better.
This chapter and perhaps the yoga life in general are not suited for such a person. Some eyes are just not ready to open yet, you could say. Trying to force them open only causes unnecessary pain and frustration for everyone.
Here I will offer up some simple and universal truths concerning health and diet for your intelligent consideration and ultimately hopefully for you health gain and evolutionary benefit as well...
The yogic approach to diet, as with all aspects of life, is based on an understanding of universal truths concerning the health and welfare of the human being.
Dietary considerations in yoga are always based on engaging in that which supports health, not only on the physical, but the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well—and relinquishing those things which have the opposite, detrimental, and de-evolutionary effects...
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