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Fire keeping yogini Shiva Rea gives us a good lesson in nutrition and how to eat better for yoga practice.

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Being yoga practitioners and teachers, the bottom line is – we like to keep healthy. Recently, fire keeping yogini Shiva Rea talked about keeping nutritious with The Washington Post before her “Yoga on The Mall” event in Washington D.C. We are getting hungry just reading this, so we will let Shiva do the talking.

What should a regular person taking part in Yoga on the Mall eat before and after the event?

Leave yourself an hour and a half or two hours’ digestion time beforehand. When going for a whole day of yoga, you need to eat. And bring snacks: raw walnuts, raw almonds, fruit.

I would make breakfast and lunch. In California, we worship avocados. It tends to be dry here, and they’re a great source of healthy fats. I use them in wraps. I also make a pesto with walnuts, basil and olive oil. I don’t even use garlic. It’s so good.

You could make a fantastic omelet with lots of vegetables. Whatever feels healthy and wholesome is always going to give you good energy, especially if it has healthy carbs, fats and protein.

I’m into food. Food is our fuel. Everybody’s ancestry plays a role. Whole foods always taste the best, as opposed to packaged, processed.

You don’t seem to be at all militant about not eating meat.

I was vegan for like 16 years. I became a vegetarian when I was 15, for animal activist purposes. But my family is Swedish, Irish — that whole part of the world where dairy was important. I figured out my body loves goat cheese and sheep cheese. I rely on that for protein, as well as all kinds of beans. And definitely I’ll have fish when I feel my body needs it. I don’t call myself a vegetarian.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Well, I’m doing a “clean program,” detoxing for spring, so I just had water. But I just made a shake, with blueberries, almond milk, dates, bee pollen and a rice-protein-based thing, and some digestive enzymes. It’s a three-week detox program, not eating after the sun goes down, and smoothies in the morning and evening. It’s giving your body a rest.

Read more here at The Washington Post.