Saturday, 8 December 2012

Health Through Ayurveda

One of the greatest ways to become healthier and more successful is to use the Ayurvedic Diet to become aware of how to eat your meals. Eating shouldn’t just be regarded as a meaningless act, but rather as a way in which you enrich your mind, body and spirit. Think about it for a moment; what is the greatest source of nutrition and energy and life you give yourself besides breathing. How and what you eat plays a vital role in the development of your body and mind on an ongoing basis. Here are some of the most important tips on how to eat your meals.

  1. Drink a little warm water before or during meals to aid digestion. Avoid icy or cold drinks before or with meals because it will cool the digestive fire (Agni) and inhibit proper digestion of food. If you are drinking a full glass of water give yourself ½ hour before and after meals. Too much water during your meals dilutes your digestive enzymes. 
  2. Cook your meals and eat them warm or hot. Although some raw foods can be taken such as fruit for breakfast and some raw vegetables such as cucumber or avocado with lunch & dinner, the Ayurveda diet promotes cooked foods for better digestion & absorption. 
  3. Eat the right amount of food portions. Most people have the habit of eating more food than they really need. Try enough a serving food in a bowl the size of your hands. 
  4. The important thing is to eat only until you are two thirds full. Keep your stomach one third empty to allows energy and space for proper digestion. Note: If you are not feeling full after this strategy wait 5 to 15 minutes to allow your brain to process the food you have eaten. 
  5. Eat your main and heaviest meal at lunch time. This is when your digestive fire is the greatest. Eat a light breakfast and even a lighter dinner for optimal digestion and health. 
  6. Chew your food well. It seems easy and simple but this can be challenging for a lot of people. Eat consciously with full awareness. Pay attention to every bite and mouthful. 
  7. Don’t try to stuff too much food in your mouth and chew your food 15-20 times for pre-digestion before it enters the stomach. Both the large and small intestines have difficulty digesting large chunks of food. 
  8. Eat slowly. Start by taking a minute or so to observe and smell your food. 
  9. Eat without distractions. Refrain from eating while on the computer, watching TV or reading. Don’t eat while you are standing, driving or having an excited conversation. 
  10. These prevent from as eating less slower, chewing your food well and eating less. Focusing on your food while you are eating, without distractions also helps your mind & body assimilate the nutrients. 
  11. Eat your meals at about the same time every day. In Ayurveda regularity is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is extremely important to eat on an empty stomach, so give yourself a few hours eating meals and wait until your last meal has been digested regardless of your next scheduled meal. 
  12. Prepare, cook and eat your food with the right Ayurveda herbs & spices. There are a wide variety of herbs and spices which you can incorporate to make your food not only tasty but healthier. Use good quality herbs. Experiment with these make sure to use the right ones for your dosha type Try some of these as an experiment to see what kind of results you are getting and how you feel before, during and after your meals. For further advice I recommend that you either book a consultation or a treatment with Dr Rajvinder or Indian trained Ayurvedic Doctor in Serenity Day Spa 012300255.

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