Trends worldwide show more and more people are adopting a plant-based diet. There’s a constant rise in people identifying as vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian. As the birthplace of raw vegan cuisine, we stand for optimal, ethical, plant-based whole foods, and we support anyone that is moving in a healthier direction with their choices.
Living Light Culinary Institute graduates finish their education empowered to help themselves and others they touch via their work as a chef, author, media personality, educator, or consultant.
We’re proud of our alumni and the health-conscious successes they achieve post-graduation. One of our recent graduates, Subah Jain, is utilizing her plant-based certification in Mastery of Raw Vegan Cuisine to help her career as a health educator. She’s teaching people from around the world via her videos and seminars to realize optimal health through food.
Her new book, The Satvic Food Book is available in India, and it’s a tool she’s using to promote the Satvic movement which, in part, is an approach to wellness utilizing plant-based, living foods. In addition to enticing recipes, the book contains knowledge about the meaning of Satvic food, meal plans, information about sprouting, making nut milks, and setting up your kitchen to follow the lifestyle.
Subah is a brilliant alchemist. At the beginning of the book, she outlines ten principles that closely mirror those of Living Light. They serve as a philosophical backbone and can be adapted for the larger plant-based movement across the globe.
1) Eat 70% Raw, 30% Cooked
If you plant an apple, you’ll get an apple tree. However, if you plant a cooked apple, nothing will grow because the apple is dead. Subah urges readers to stay in tune with nature and describes how the human body has been designed to eat whole foods in their raw, uncooked form. These foods are rich in energy, and we want to provide that to our bodies.
Yes, it can be challenging to follow a completely raw lifestyle. However, if you limit your cooked meals to one per day, then you’ll be on your way to ensuring at least 70% of your diet is raw.
2) Always Rest After a Heavy Meal
Digesting food requires a tremendous amount of our body’s energy. If you try to do some other strenuous task right after eating, your body will divert resources away from digestion. Incomplete absorption can lead to food remaining undigested, which can cause both short and long term health problems. Ideally, taking a 30-minute nap after a large meal will allow your body to dedicate its energy where it’s needed most.
3) You’re Not a Turkey, Don’t Stuff
Overeating during each meal – or eating too often – is unhealthy. Many cultures teach us to stop eating before we are full. Leave each meal a little hungry to provide your stomach the needed space to release and mix digestive juices with your food.
4) Eat Only When You’re Hungry
Eating when not hungry is adding a load to the body it doesn’t need. Unless the stomach – not the mind – answers that it’s ready for more food, do not eat.
5) Eat a Light Breakfast
This runs counter to American culture, which teaches us that it’s essential to begin the day with a hearty breakfast. But the fact is when we first wake up, our digestive fire isn’t very strong; it’s still partly asleep so our morning meal should be light. Lunch can be a more substantial meal since we have plenty of energy to digest by midday.
6) Always Eat in a Relaxed State
When we eat when we’re upset, angry, or in a hurry, our food will not digest properly. Vital energy will get used first to handle the mental stress, and less will remain for digestion. What we don’t digest often turns into bacterial fermentation, toxic filth, or fat. Take time to enjoy your meal and savor every bite.
7) Don’t Mix Too Much Together
Each food requires a different amount of time to digest and utilizes different digestive juices from the stomach. Therefore it’s important not to mix too many kinds of food. When eating grains don’t mix two different grains in the same meal. No rice and wheat at the same time. Rather have rice and vegetables or wheat with vegetables. Avoid combining raw and cooked at the same time as they break down differently.
8) Eat Neither Too Cold Nor Too Hot
The temperature of our food we eat should match the warmth of our own body. Eating food too hot or too cold negatively impacts the digestive system. If a food or drink is too hot or too cold, keep it on your tongue for 10-12 seconds before swallowing.
9) Eat Seasonal, Regional, and Reasonable
Tuning into mother nature and the foods that are available locally and in season optimizes our health. Subah teaches the universe has a place for everything, and everything is best suited for where the universe puts it.
10) Chew Your Food Carefully, Not Casually
Chew each mouthful so well that food is broken into small pieces and mixed it with the digestive juices of the mouth, saliva. The flow of saliva in the mouth depends on how much you chew your food. The more you chew, the more saliva you produce, and the easier it is to digest. The reverse is also true.
These ten principles serve as a guidepost for the Satvic food movement and anyone looking to live a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Learn more about Subah and her mission by visiting her website and her popular YouTube channel.
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