Yogi diet: One thing we learned while eating in India

We ate well in India.

Dosas and idli at breakfast. Paneer and other curries at lunch. Different rice dishes. Sweet lime sodas. There was a run of days where we at so much (and, due to the travel and the temple visits, so late) at lunch that we skipped dinner.

We didn’t shy away from things. Nothing was too spicy, too unfamiliar. Part of the diving into the experience, the culture, was about the food.

We relished it. Even the relish.

But we also learned this: We’ve turned the corner on raw food. If there was any doubt, three weeks of eating cooked food and only cooked food was the reminder.

Our diets at this point need to be mostly — like 85% or so — raw.

(The one exception? Bobbie said I was looking thin after our trip, so I jumped on a scale and … yep. I lost about 10 pounds in India, when I thought I might have gained a little. Bobbie got on it later. Same thing. We’re skinny. So we are going to probably indulge a little this weekend, while staying sane about it.)

We were careful while eating, after the first few days of buffets especially, to moderate our intake. We found a point where we didn’t feel too stuffed — a feeling we never get when eating raw. You might feel like you can’t stomach another bite of broccoli, but it isn’t the same, “I’m soooo full” feeling you have after a decadent cooked meal.

Neer dosa, via simplyspicy.blogspot.com

The raw diet, in other works, is working. We knew it, but India gave us a chance to test the theory.

It also confirmed that wheat, for us, is a culprit — although it’s not some gluten war we need to fight. (Bobbie does seem more sensitive to wheat than I am, though. We’ll see how that develops.) When we had naan or roti or puri (sweet, sweet puri) with our meals, we invariably felt worse when we finished. By mid-trip, the amount of bread we were eating plummeted, much to my dismay. (See “sweet, sweet puri” comment above.)

Which is why the discover of neer dosa was right up there with the greatest discoveries of the trip. Dosa, in rice form? Yes, please.

Since we’ve been back, we’ve been throwing every conceivable raw food in our mouths. Salads galore. Avocados. More salads. We wondered if we might need to readjust. Nope.

It is like it was: Immediate, consistent energy. No feeling too full. A lightness from what’s going in.

I do sense some neer dosa in my near future, though.

Posted by Steve