Prana: Ingesting Vitality
Prana: Ingesting Vitality
February 5, 2019
Have you ever had this happen? You wake up and feel tired, then you drink coffee to feel human and a couple of hours later (at most), you are exhausted and can barely go on! Then you have a doughnut with a bit more coffee, feel slightly better for about 30 min and then another crash in three to four hours. If you are a human, you’ve probably experienced this! This yoyo in energy is common, especially among those of us with busy lives. In a different post I will talk about why this happens, but today I want to introduce a solution.
Before I dive deeper into the solution (in another post), let’s introduce the concept of vitality in foods! All of your foods are, or have at some point been, alive. The measure of your food’s aliveness/vitality is called “prana.” Prana is a Sanskrit word for energy or life-giving force, and is the universal energy that flows in and around our bodies, including bodies of fruits and vegetables. Yep, fruits and vegetables have bodies too.
Prana is the underlying concept behind whole, raw, organic, plant-based, locally produced foods. When we eat foods that were recently picked and grown in pesticide and herbicide-free conditions (as mother nature intended) these foods tend to be high in prana. Eating high pranic foods contributes to abundance of energy, alertness, pleasant mood, vitality, sharpness of mind, and much more. That’s why juicing or taking a shot of wheatgrass juice can feel energizing.
Another way we can feel more energized and fulfilled is by making a small change to our daily morning and afternoon meals is by eating foods that are high in prana. Eating foods that are high in prana provides us with the vital energy that we need, leads to longevity, and aids our overall health. Foods that are high in prana are typically raw, fresh, and close to the source. These foods typically get a lot of sunlight, the root of light on the planet, which gives them the ability to source such energy. As soon as these foods are picked from their source, they begin to lose prana. So, FRESH IS BEST!
A food group that is particularly high in prana is sprouts. Broccoli, radish, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, alfalfa, lentils, and other similar foods are high in prana—also known as vitality or life force. These foods and other sprouts are also easily digestible, have a high nutrient density, are high in fiber, and have a low glycemic index. For example, two whole cups of snow pea sprouts have only 80 calories and 16g of carbohydrates, but has 6g of protein and 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C. Not only is this food high in vitality, but it’s also very high in nutrition.
While eating these foods can lead to a healthier body, it can also lead to a healthier mind. Eating foods that are high in prana help us to feel more dynamic and energized. These foods can also provide a form of happiness that’s far more sustainable than the deceptive hit of caffeine or sugar that we typically turn to. In fact, typical comfort foods like dairy are low in prana because the pasteurization process kills the nutrients. Meat is also generally low in prana because it is dead. That’s why if you want to feel energized throughout the day without constant stimulation of coffee and snacks decrease meat consumption during the day and add plenty of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and especially sprouts! You can even grow your own sprouts right on your own windowsill.
Here are some sprout varieties you can find in your local markets:
Snow pea shoots
Baby mung/Chinese mung beans
Here are some tips to include highly pranic foods in your diet
Eat sprouts daily. There are so many varieties, feel free to switch them up!
Put sprouts on savory toasts.
Add sprouts in your salads and veggie bowls
Include a Sprout Salad as a side dish (recipe below)
½ cup alfalfa sprouts
¼ cup sunflower sprouts
¼ cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
¼ cup diced fresh pepper
¼ cup peas or cooked black beans (beans can be pre-cooked)
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add all ingredients together.
Whisk in lime and lemon juices. (Salt and pepper are optional.)