The trends of diets and healthy eating seem to change all the time. There is a new fad diet out every week and everyone has a different opinion about what the “best” one is. There is so much information out there and it can be overwhelming when we have to decide what is right for our own body.
The reason that I love Ayurvedic ideas when it comes to nutrition is that firstly, it is simple, and secondly, it makes sense. Ayurveda sticks to what is natural and promotes balance in every area. It speaks about finding your own way of eating that works for your unique constitution. These are all important factors when defining your diet.
These are a few crucial recommendations inspired from Ayurvedic thinking:
- Eat at regular meal times
Ayurveda explains that your digestive fire is strongest from 10am to 2pm, and that you should consume your biggest meal of the day between these times. You should also not be eating after 7pm at night because your digestive system slows down at this time. Your body runs best when it works in rhythms, and it will digest food well when it knows what time to expect it. You should also allow time between eating meals to let your digestive system rest – generally 2-3 hours between meals.
- Eat according to your body type
In Ayurveda, there are three body-mind types, called the Doshas. Essentially these Doshas will define what you should eat and what to avoid; however, at the end of the day it is up to you to figure this out. Keep track of the effect that different foods have on your body. Try new things and be mindful of what works for you specifically. Every body and make up is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all lifestyle. People in the fitness industry will tell you something works for everyone because it is easier to make large-scale sales that way.
- Eat for the season
I wrote about this topic in depth here: https://crystalimmersion.net/2019/07/05/ayurveda-and-optimal-eating/
Mother nature knows what you need at different times of the year and those foods are provided.
- Avoid cold water and ice drinks
These will douse your digestive fire and your food will essentially sit in your stomach until the fire heats up again. This leads to indigestion and inflammation. It is best to sip on warm water throughout the day and during meals.
- Avoid overeating
It is essential to be mindful when you eat. If you are distracted while eating (TV or social media) you may not notice when you are full. Eat slowly so that your body has time to process the food and can let you know when you have had enough. Also make sure to give your body time to digest the food before getting a second helping. Leptin is the hormone which lets your body know that it is satiated, and this takes a bit of time to take effect.
These are the very basic guidelines that Ayurvedic practitioners recommend. They work with natural rhythms and with unique body types. There is no complicated systems and the food you avoid is the food that your body is naturally telling you that it doesn’t like!
At the end of the day, your eating pattern should be simple, and it should make sense to you. If you’re finding it hard to make it work, or if your body is not responding –listen! It is telling you something.
Have a great day.
Lots of light and love xx