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Indra Devi's nutritional rules that allowed her to live up to 103 years
Who should you turn to for advice on nutrition and longevity, if not a person who has lived a long life? Such was the first woman - yoga teacher Indra Devi - she traveled half the world, carrying her teachings to the world, met with the leadership of the USSR, taught Hollywood divas, wrote books. And she was originally from Russia.
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Zhenya Peterson at birth
The future first lady of yoga was born in 1899 in Riga in the family of the Russified Swedish bank clerk Vasily Peterson and the Russian noblewoman Alexandra Labunskaya, an actress at the Nezlobin theater. Parents named their daughter Zhenya.
They predicted a great future for the intelligent girl. She graduated from school with a gold medal and entered the Komissarzhevsky Theater School in Moscow. In the same place she first came across a book about Indian spiritual practices that kindled a spark of knowledge in Zhenya.
Photo: From the heroine's archive
During the Civil War, Eugene emigrated to Germany and entered the theater troupe. In 1926, the girl was brought to Holland to the congress of the Theosophical Society, where she met with the yogi Krishnamurti and new practices for herself. At first, everything was perceived as nothing more than an exotic experience, and Peterson turned his nose up from the vegetarian food. But then she heard a yogi singing ancient sacred hymns in Sanskrit and disappeared.
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First trip to India and a new life
In 1927, a girl first appeared in India - traveled the country up and down, absorbing local customs and culture. Zhenya returned to Europe as a new person: she broke off her engagement with a rich groom, sold her property and went back to India.
In 1930, Zhenya Peterson turned into Indra Devi. She chose this pseudonym on the set of Indian cinema. She married an employee of the Czech consulate, became a secular lioness, but was burdened by an idle lifestyle.
Once Indra fell ill, and no doctor could understand what this unknown ailment was. The girl recovered greatly, her face became gray, wrinkles appeared. She was advised to seek help from yogis, and she became a disciple to the famous guru Sri Krishnamacharya. At first he did not want to deal with a woman, but then he accepted her for training.
Photo: From the archive of the heroine
Indra had no indulgences: a strict vegetarian diet, getting up at dawn, an ascetic lifestyle and discipline. Little by little, the guru began to penetrate uvAffection for a foreigner and began to personally teach her his secrets. And then he blessed her to become a guru herself.
So Indra began her journey. She opened schools in China, USA, Mexico, South America and the USSR, knew 12 languages and wrote several books on classical yoga. In one of them, Devi talked about the principles of nutrition, which she followed all her life. The woman died of old age when she was 103.
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Indra Devi's nutritional rules
Indra considered moderation and naturalness to be the main basis of proper nutrition ... Food is needed to maintain vitality, not for gluttony. If the body is not able to assimilate the right food and it ends up in it in the form of toxins, then this ultimately leads to disease. Devi herself ate little, limiting herself to 1-2 meals a day. She ate fruits, nuts, dried fruits, rice, vegetable soups and juices. Indra was a vegetarian, so she did not refuse dairy, sour milk products, cheeses and eggs.
You should not drink ice water or drink with meals , it harms the digestion. You can drink liquids half an hour or 2-3 hours after eating. It is necessary to drink a glass of fresh water at room temperature (you can add lemon) in the morning on an empty stomach and before bedtime. You should drink 5-8 glasses a day in small sips, because fluid deficiency leads to constipation, liver and kidney dysfunction.
To revive boiled water, it is necessary to pour it from one container to another several times. Then the liquid will be energized and will give an invigorating effect.
About other drinks
Fruit juices are less useful than fruits. When preparing vegetable juices, it is better to add a little green tops to them. Alcohol, tea, coffee, cocoa and chocolate contain caffeine and theobromine. Indra considers these substances to be doping and does not recommend using them. Instead of coffee, you can drink chicory.
Milk is not a liquid, but food. To avoid an upset stomach, drink it in small sips.
It is useful to drink the water left over after cooking vegetables. It can also be used to make soups or gravies.
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It is necessary to chew food, especially rich in starch, otherwise it will not turn into glucose and will settle for a long time in the stomach. Only one meal containing starch can be eaten at a time. If you are worried about strong peristalsis, it is recommended to compose the menu in such a way that starch and protein are notconsumed together. Especially when it comes to sulfur-containing foods: peas, cabbage and cauliflower, eggs, turnips, etc.
Food is only what the body is able to assimilate, so you need to carefully approach its choice. To find out which diet is best for you personally, you need to experiment.
How to prepare food
Stale or toasted bread is healthier than fresh bread. You should give up lifeless, that is, specially processed foods: canned food, white flour, refined sugar, etc. Reduce the amount of sweets, baked goods and vinegar.
Vegetable tops can be used in soups. Beet tops should first be scalded with boiling water. When the soup is ready, the bunch of tops must be removed and discarded. Vegetables are best cooked with steam or in a little water.
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Fatty fried foods absorbed even more slowly than just fat. Fat leaves the stomach last, carbohydrates first, followed by proteins.
All animal fats raise cholesterol levels, which means, according to Indra, our body does not need them. The least amount of cholesterol is found in milk, cottage cheese and fish, most of all in the yolk and liver.
Foods rich in animal fats are dangerous because high fat and low protein inhibit the action of enzymes. Both animal and vegetable fats become more inedible with repeated heating.
About the attitude to food
It's not enough just to eat the right food, you also have to follow the rules of the meal. Food should be taken leisurely, enjoyed, and enjoyed in a pleasant environment with friends.
If you are nervous, irritated, or angry, food will cause toxic changes in your body. In this state, it is better not to eat at all. You also need to avoid unpleasant conversations at food and immediately before it - this can harm not only digestion, but also the entire body. Meals should be joyful. The most important thing is your attitude to food at the moment of its intake.