Yoga Journal did a thought-provoking feature with four yoga teachers talking about their diets.
To my surprise, there was no “one-size fits all” — the point they all made was that the perfect diet depends on the individual.
Vinyasa teacher Sadie Nardini said:
I am stronger, healthier inside and out, and more balanced when I eat meat.” In her daily life, ahimsa includes honoring the needs of her own body. These days, Nardini isn’t a vegetarian; she moderately consumes organic meats.
Writer and teacher Christina Sell said:
“If it has a face or could run away from me, I do my best not to eat it. There is an abundance of food choices, and each choice carries personal, environmental, and community consequences. In general, I choose to limit my intake of meat because I would not, myself, go out and kill an animal.” Sell sometimes will make exceptions for travel and family.
Teacher and Studio owner Jonny Kest said:
“I finally woke up to the fact that I wanted to eat with kindness.” For Kest, this means eliminating animal products because factory farming is inhumane to the animal, damages the environment, and contributes to deforestation and climate change.
For all of them, the decision about whether to be vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian, omnivore, etc is based on a number of factors: what feels right for their body, their personal ethics, environment issues, health concerns.
I’m curious to know if you have defined an “ideal” diet for yourself — and what you base it on. Please share your stories and views in the comments.