Our diet is a vital element for the formation, maintenance and keeping our body strong and healthy. Ayurved, the ancient alternate system of medicine greatly emphasizes healthy eating, for a healthy as well as for a diseased person.
Healthy Eating Habits
In a diseased person, a medicine or drug will be effective only, when it will be followed along with a healthy ahar vihar, or healthy diet and lifestyle.
Diet should be taken according to desha (area) and kala (seasons and time).
The meaning by desha is, we should take diets according to the provenance, where we are born and brought up, as our body will be adaptable to that environment, and the diet, and the food items available there will be suitable for us. That diet will work as a good, immunity booster drug for us.
Now, let’s describe diet according to kala (time).
The timing of taking Food- Healthy Eating
●One should take meal only when he feels hungry.
●Lunch should be taken in between 12.00 to 1.00pm.
●This is said to be the pitta dominant time, and pitta is said to be responsible for digestion.
●Being the active time of the day, Ayurveda favors, lunch to be the largest meal of the day.
●Dinner should be taken less and light.
Amount of food- Healthy Eating
Ayurved describes taking a meal in the quantity to fill half of the stomach with solids, one-fourth of it with fluids and rest one fourth for metabolic actions.
The sequence of intake of meals-Healthy Eating
foods such as fruits are advisable to take at the beginning of the meal.
3. Katu, Tikta, Kashay (sour, astringent and pungent) meals should be taken at the end of the meal.
Method of swallowing food- Healthy Eating
◆Wash the face feet and hands prior to the meal. Dine in an isolated clean and neat place in calm surroundings with all the same natured persons in a comfortable sitting posture.
◆ Take meal prepared by loving hands in loving emotions. This increases the energy providing quality of the meals.
◆The meal needs to be consumed after complete digestion of preceding one.
◆Chew your food before it’s an even consistency prior to swallowing.
◆Harder food should be taken at the start followed by fluids and soft subsequently.
◆Heavy, high calorie(Guru ahar) eatables are contraindicated after taking complete meal and should be avoided.
◆Don’t drink cold beverages just before or while eating, don’t drink massive amounts of liquid during meals. This interrupts digestion.
◆ingestion of excess hot meals contributes to weakness. Cold and dry food contributes to delayed digestion.
Incompatible Food or Virudh Ahar
●Milk followed by fruits and vice versa.
●Soar eatable together with milk.
●Milk with salt.
●Hot drinks following alcohol, curd or honey.
●Cold and hot materials together
●Ghee stored in the bronze vessel.
●Fish with milk.
●Raddish with jaggery
The best way to consume our meals is much more important than what we consume.
Even meals, which generally lead to higher imbalance, will probably be digested fair nicely if the appropriate rules are followed.
Likewise, if you eat the right foods in the wrong manner, your digestion will be endangered and gas, indigestion and also the creation of toxins will accompany.
If you obey these food customs and decide on the right foods subsequently your digestion will be improved and you’ll experience optimum digestion.
Below Are Some Important Do’s and Dont’s of healthy eating
◆Don’t consume while being distracted by TV, excessive reading or conversation.
◆Maintain your mental peace and pay whole attention to one place.
◆Do not eat fruits immediately
Immediately eating fruits after meals will lead to stomach to be bloated with air disturbing Vata dosha.
◆Walk for some time (100 steps) after dinner to help digestion.
◆No traveling, sexual activity or sexual intercourse in an hour of taking a meal.
◆Avoid foods when thirsty and water while hungry.
◆Try not to take meals after exertion. Take some rest, then have a meal.
◆Avoid foods when you’re having no desire.
◆Do not suppress the appetite because it Contributes to body discomfort, anorexia, giddiness and general debility.
◆Do not suppress the thirst as it contributes to general debility, giddiness and heart ailments.
These principals are well explained in various textbooks of Ayurveda, which suits almost fit in today’s scenario of food intake rules.
Consumption of suitable, easily accessible and harmonious, well-prepared food with numerous nutrition is healthy eating. It is key to lead a wholesome life.
So Eat Healthy Stay Fit
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Dr Seema Gupta
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