Ayurvedic Nutrition Guidelines
If you are beginning to look at your nutrition in a different way, below are some Ayurvedic nutrition guidelines. The guidelines have a lot to do with how you eat, not just what you eat – how you put into your body is just as important as what you put into your body. And as always, in Ayurveda nutrition is not generalized, it is personalized, so you will have to pay attention to what your body needs.
Eat according to your constitution. Not all foods are good for all constitutions. Bananas are great for vata, not at all for kapha. So know what your body can digest. I will go into detail in future nutrition segments, but for now see, vata, pitta, kapha
Follow the daily routine: light breakfast, big lunch, light dinner
Eat what’s in season. Seasonal vegtables and fruits are best, because it’s natural for them at this time of year…therefore it’s natural for us too. Macrocosm & microcosm.
Altogether avoid stale foods and processed foods. If you eat foods that are close to the source, you will take in more prana (life!). Lifeless foods equals lifeless nutrition.
Small sips of water with meal. Putting in too much water at meal time will weaken agni too. Sip water with your meal and then about an hour later have more water if you’re thirsty.
Fill the stomach only 3/4 full. 1/2 with food, 1/4 with liquid and leave 1/4 for space so the food can mix and digest. Overeating causes so many diseases because the body cannot digest all the food we put in there!
Don’t eat unless you have real hunger. If you are not hungry when it’s mealtime, then skip it. Your body is telling you that it is not done processing the last meal. In Ayurveda it’s OK to skip meals when you are not hungry.
Chew well. Pay attention to the food in your mouth. Chewing is the very first stage of digestion…teeth and saliva! Teeth break down food and send it on it’s merry way to the stomach. Please make it easy on your stomach and chew the food (32 times if you want to know!).
Not too much salt. It will increase your desire for more food, which can lead to overeating. Salt is yummy to our tongues so it will cause us to want more food than we need.
Be mindful. Focus on your meal and be mindful about eating. How often do you munch without realizing it? Putting your mind in your eating habits will help you realize real hunger and real fullness.
Don’t multitask and eat. How can your mind be in your food if you are doing 18 other things?
Feed someone else before feeding yourself. Even if it’s your dog.
Eat with a proper state of mind and bless your food. Gratitude is the quickest way to a healthy mind. Be thankful for the food you are eating and give it a quick, sincere blessing of thanks.