All the wisdom of the world is reduced to a simple truth: food is life. The ritual of the meal has no time, cultural and religious framework. Food is sacred, and the act of taking the direct Union with the divine energy of nature.
According to Ayurveda, a balanced diet supports the body, mind, senses and soul. Food gives us strength and provides energy. The good old saying "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are" in Ayurveda is: "Tell me what you eat, how, when and why and I'll tell you who you are".
The basic principle of Ayurvedic diet: food should be tasty and appetizing. Then it satisfies the senses and stimulates the entire digestive system.
Six tastes or Guide on nutrition, Virtually all of the wisdom Ayurveda literally on your tongue! According to this statement, the sense of taste is a natural guide for healthy diet. For many years when choosing healthy food people used to them. Our receptors just distinguish tastes; they determine the nutritional value of food and start the entire digestive process. Food speaks the language of flavors. Juicy pear and softly speaks to us, and Sizzling chili like shouts of warning. When we find an acceptable tastes, you can create for yourself the perfect diet.
Ayurveda identifies 6 tastes according to which all foods can be divided into the following categories: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Including all six in every meal, we will achieve harmony, enlightenment and become healthy and happy.
10 tips for healthy eating 1. Eat in a quiet and relaxing environment
Quiet and relaxing atmosphere contributes to a perfect digestion. If during the meal to watch TV, to read or to argue, can disrupt the digestive process. If the meal is another obligation in your daily task list, try this time to relax and accumulate energy. Focus on the food, savoring its flavor and texture.
2. Before eating, bless the food or mentally thank for it
Food nourishes and sustains life. Blessing, prayer or a thankful thought before a meal – out loud or to yourself – it helps to pay tribute to the food and other gifts of life. In addition, this is a great opportunity to slow down and make contact with those sitting next to you at the same table. At such moments, the mind calms down, as attention shifts to food and gratitude.
3. Eat only when hungry
Oddly enough, this is one of the most important components of a healthy diet. When you're hungry, your digestive fire, or Agni, burns hotter. That is why the stomach can produce a murmur. It indicates that the body needs food. When Agni is burning brightly, the digestive process effective. If you eat without hunger, you can throw in the fire too much wood, and it will go off. This, in turn, will lead to less than optimal digestion, creating AMA – harmful byproduct. Therefore, eat only when hungry. Sounds very simple!
4. Before the next meal wait until the previous food is digested
Usually, the digestion process takes 3-6 hours depending on the individual Constitution. In order to avoid attenuation of fire you must give the digestive system enough time. That is why Ayurveda recommends to wait until the food is fully digested before you eat again. You will realize that it was time to eat when you have hunger and stomach there is a feeling of lightness. When snacking, always keep in mind your Constitution. Choosing a lighter snack that balances you, you can satisfy food cravings between meals, not while suppressing the digestive fire.
5. Chew your food well and eat measured
If it seems that due to hunger you swallow food, remember to chew, chew and chew. Digestion and assimilation require that the food is properly split and pre-digested before entering the stomach. That's why we have sharp teeth and saliva enriched with enzymes. According to the research we process more than 40% of complex carbohydrates in the process of chewing. Ayurveda considers it as a component of any program to reduce weight. It also automatically adjusts the speed of eating, contributing to the discovery of the true flavors and quality ingredients.
6. Eat until you are comfortable
How many times have you finished dinner with such words and thoughts: "I knew that the last piece (no matter what) was unnecessary?" To avoid this, eat until until you feel full, but not a glut. If you eat too much, not enough space for the digestive process. Is usually an extra dessert. So consider the "place" for it in advance. When we eat, the stomach stretches and you need to make sure that you do not feel a false sense of hunger. Pause and think whether you really need a Supplement.
7. If you're upset, put down the meal
If you've ever eaten after a dispute (or, even worse, during an argument), you probably noticed that the stomach reacts to it badly. Will siimumetsa muscles and stress disrupt the digestive process. You may remember how the hand goes out for ice cream when you're upset, but then I just feel worse. When you are at the peak of emotion, it is better to postpone the meal – especially when the negative feelings, but excessive arousal can also disrupt the normal course of digestion. In addition, during the processing of food not to laugh or share experiences (and in fact that's what we often do during lunch). Learn to understand yourself, assess whether you need more time to calm down before eating.
8. Never eat on the run
In our time, eating on the run has become the norm. However, it is very important to eat sitting down and slowly. When you sit down to eat, you help the body to relax, providing easy beginning of the digestive process. When you eat standing up or on the run, the digestive process requires a lot of energy. So always try to eat sitting down, even bite.
9. Eat every day at about the same time
The body is amazing, but at the same time a delicate chronometer. It adapts to the natural rhythms of nature – one of the main objectives of Ayurveda. It is no coincidence that the lunch time coincides with the afternoon: the sun is in the Zenith, and Agni is at its peak. If you eat in accordance with the rhythms of nature, you will be able to support your fundamental Constitution. Regular meals at the same time – a guarantee that throughout the day you will not be deprived of energy. In addition, it is a great way to control the craving for certain foods and avoid overeating.
10. After eating relax for a few minutes
Rest after a meal promotes easy digestion early. So instead of jumping up, chewing the last piece, relax for a few minutes and enjoy the feeling of fullness.published