11 Foods for Grief

Fruits and vegetablesGrief is a process.  It can feel like a black hole that is nearly impossible to climb out of, but if we can take one little step at a time and move through it, we are supported by our activities and buoyed up to a place of peace.

These 11 foods for Grief are recommended by Guru Terath Kaur Khalsa in her book Dying into Life: The Yoga of Death, Loss and Transformation.  For more information on how they work or specific suggestions, see the book!

1. High-quality vegetarian protein

Think legumes, coconuts, and nuts.  These light proteins will help pull your energy up.

2. Stop smoking

It’s not really a food, but it’s worth mentioning anyhow.  Smoking clogs your third-eye and clouds your aura.

3. Avoid saturated fats

Saturated fats lead to poor blood circulation in the brain, which leads to depression.

4. Avoid caffeine and sugar

These weaken the adrenals and nervous system.  Acidifying the blood, they make you more irritable.

5. Tryptophan-rich foods

They contain serotonin, which helps regulate your moods.  Try bananas, figs and dates.

6. Raw fruit and vegetables

Fresh produce strengthens the organs and the brain.

7. Drink lots of fresh vegetable juice

Strengthens the nervous system.

8. Get your vitamins

Get biotin, folic acid, and B vitamins into your diet.  Magnesium and potassium also help.

9. Drink lots of water

Hydration helps soothe the nervous system.

10. Dates

Easy to digest, dates bring quality energy to the body.

11. Drink yogi tea

Great for the nervous system.

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Ramdesh Kaur, MA, is an IKYTA Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trained by Gurmukh. She writes extensively on yoga, spirituality and mantra. She hosts the show "Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh" on Unity FM, one of the Top 100 Itunes Podcasts, and leads Spirit Voyage's 40 Day Global Sadhanas, which bring together 20,000 meditators from 65 countries. Before working with Spirit Voyage, she was the residential Kundalini yoga teacher at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India in the Himalyan foothills, and has a Master's Degree from the Courtauld Institute in London. She is the author of "Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart" with Karan Khalsa and has three best selling guided meditation CDs "Journey into Stillness", "Relaxation Meditations", and "Stress Relief Meditations" (with crystal singing bowl master Ashana) all available on Spirit Voyage, ITunes and Amazon. She teaches at festivals internationally and leads powerful personal creativity retreats in Mexico with her partner Harnam Singh, an accomplished mantra musician. www.ramdesh.com

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