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.

Avoid ice or very cold water. It clogs channels and weakens our agni

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.

6 Responses to Ayurvedic Nutrition Guidelines

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  2. […] the same time is a quick way to completely lose our minds while eating. And we know that Ayurvedic nutritional guidelines say, our mind and hearts should be on the lovely meal in front of us. We should chew enough so that […]

  3. Monica says:

    Yes! Honey IS drying. Because honey has what we call prabhava – or a “special quality” about it. Honey is sticky and damp to the touch, but once it gets digested it actually has a scraping & drying effect on the tissues. Which is helpful for people with congestion..but not so helpful for people who are constipated. Make sense? Hope this helps!! I had the same question a while back :)

  4. NinaKruse says:

    I have a question…. Honey is a well known in many holistic and natural practices as a humectant attracting moisture. However, when we did the interview on Saturday, I was advised that Ayervedically, honey is drying, and to avoid it as a sweenter, because it is drying for my system and skin. Any thoughts oh wise Ms. B?

  5. Monica says:

    Exactly. I think that’s a hard one to practice. Usually when we are in work mode, we stay in that mode all day until it’s time to go home. But taking even 20 minutes to step away from the computer and eat in the lunch room or better yet looking at nature, will keep our mind where it should be – on the food. The mind is what makes our choices – so taking care of the mind should come before the food :)

  6. holliemctiernan says:

    “Don’t multitask and eat. How can your mind be in your food if you are doing 18 other things?” So this means I need to stop eating at my desk… no typing and eating.

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