Green Smoothies vs Yogic Diet vs USDA Food Plate

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The green smoothie diet involves making drinks in the blender using primarily fresh fruits and vegetables. I add nuts and seeds as well. These ingredients are all parts of the yogic diet, so what is the difference between the two?The yogic diet includes some things that are left out in the green smoothie diet and you may perhaps include certain things in your green smoothies that yogis may leave out of their regimen.

Yogis include milk, yogurt, and butter in their diet.  They also include grains.  They include cooked foods.  Green smoothies are raw.  Raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. There are vegetables that are generally left out of the yogic diet that you might choose to include in your green smoothies.  Yogis emphasize satvic ingredients so they will limit or not use garlic, onions, mushrooms, ginger and other rajasic and tamasic vegetables. If you choose to limit the rajasic and tamasic vegetables in your green smoothies, you will get an added benefit of a quieter mind and a better meditation.

Why leave out dairy? Yogis consider dairy products satvic. In the movie Forks Over Knives, Esselstyn and Campbell tell us that eating dairy products and oils injures the lining of our blood vessels, causing heart disease, heart attack, or stroke and cancer and other diseases skyrocket when eating meat and dairy is the norm – and plummet where a traditional plant-based diet is used. These guys have study results to back them up. Which way to go? One of the considerations that goes into my thinking on this for myself is the question of what is the quality and composition of the cheese, sour cream, and yogurt available to me? Is the feed of the animals organic and natural? Are animals grazed outside and allowed to walk around? Is the milk that these products are made from raw and containing all its complete ingredients. I think the answer for the products I buy in the stores and get at restaurants is no, probably not. This makes me lean toward trying things without dairy for a while to see the result. It is especially interesting that a very convincing case was made in the movie that dairy products can actually contribute to osteoporosis although many people are trying to use dairy to “build strong bones.”

USDA My Pyramid Hey Yoga Man

USDA My Pyramid

USDA My Plate Hey Yoga Man

USDA My Plate

So what is the difference between the new USDA My Plate and the green smoothie regimen? Well, basically, just saw off half of the plate and throw it away and throw away the glass shaped dairy and you have the green smoothie diet. Fruits and vegetables and that’s it. What are the advantages of eliminating these things? Well, first of all, don’t expect unbiased, scientific information from the USDA. They are one half regulatory and one half marketing. They are trying to make sure the food industry stays in business and that may color their recommendations. So protein to them means, “Eat the output of our beef, chicken, pork producers.” They do not recognize that protein is available from non animal sources as well.

Dairy is culturally ingrained and they are just not going to accept the results from Esselstyn and Campbell. They have their own experts. Besides, what would they do with all the milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.? I am not trying to get anyone to stop eating these foods and in fact, my last restaurant meal was a salad that was topped with sour cream and cheese among other things. I am looking ahead to a time when I reach my goal weight and move to more varied presentations of foods in my diet and considering how much dairy I may include and what sources they may come from. The work of Drs. Esselstyn and Campbell will certainly be input into the pool of thoughts my meditations in this area start from.

What about grains? Why eliminate them? Why would that be a benefit? They are included in the yogic diet and the USDA My Plate. As near as I can tell, the main thing is that with the green smoothies we are using raw ingredients with all the fiber. Our wheat and rice are stripped of the fiber before we get them. We could use sprouted grains raw and this would probably fit the bill of getting the additional vital energy that we get from the green smoothies. There is another consideration as well. Most of our wheat is now genetically modified. It is very likely that the body will find some things that are unrecognizable and difficult to process in genetically modified foods. This makes these foods similar to toxins in the way the body must work to process them and eliminate them from the body. The green smoothies are designed to reduce the intake of toxins and difficult to process food items and thus get an energetic boost that allows the body to increase in vitality. So sprouts, yes, cooked grains and GMOs, no!


About sordog1

Shiva Steve Ordog is a Yoga Instructor certified by Yoga Alliance - RYT 200, a Thought Field Therapy Practitioner (TFT-Algo) and a Zen practitioner. He is the author of a book on meditation, mindfulness, and yoga called "Hey, Yoga Man!: Yoga Practices for Everyday Life from a Prison Yoga Practice"
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