In modern times, where time is not enough, man’s nutrition has changed considerably compared to what he had been years ago. We often miss breakfast, eat something for lunch, and when dinner time is over, we are too hungry and tired, followed by an abundant and heavy dinner.
Hence, not only our weight, but also a negative impact on sleep, and the feeling of fatigue the next day . This vicious circle rotates daily, resulting in a number of consequences for the body.
Some of Ayurveda’s advice is more difficult to accomplish, especially when we do not have much time for lunch or breakfast and we try to satisfy our hunger with something cooked fast.
Suggestions are breakfast to make it easier to digest food, as digestion is still weaker and heavy food makes it more difficult. In contrast, at noon, the body’s work is optimized and seamlessly processes even heavier foods (more fat, more complex carbohydrates) . In addition, the best option is for breakfast to be before 8:00.
In the evening, the process of digestion slows down, so it is recommended that after 18:00 no dinner or at least dinner be lighter and easier to process. Otherwise, part of the unprocessed food remains in the digestive tract for longer and toxins are released into the body .
According to Ayurveda, we must make the most of our food. Moreover, it is important to feel emotionally stable – no bad thoughts, as food is believed to be absorbed by the chef’s mood, and good thoughts are good.
This is one of the reasons why Ayurveda advises to avoid foods prepared in a hurry, in unclean places or in a bad mood. Ideally (which we should strive for) is the place where food is prepared to be cleaned daily.
Food should be chewed slowly – according to some ayurvedic practitioners – at least 30 chews before it is swallowed. In addition, side sources of information (particularly negative) such as television or radio should also be turned off. It is appropriate for the meal to be on quiet, soothing music, but without it carrying a meaningful load.
It is important that this food be freshly prepared and not be reheated many times. This provides the greatest amount of useful ingredients to digest from the dish. The body needs fresh and live food – fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and more.
According to Ayurveda, mixing foods from different groups – fats, carbohydrates, proteins leads to incomplete absorption and stimulation of detoxification processes in the body. To avoid this, one meal is recommended to include products from one food group.
At least once a day, it is necessary to make a rest of the body for cleansing – it is stressed on the intake of teas, water, in some cases it is possible to add freshly squeezed juice. But on this day no food is accepted.
The role of spices is unrivaled , besides the various interesting flavors they add to the food, the rich content of many useful substances is another reason not to be missed in the preparation of the food. Ayurveda recommends including all tastes in the food – sweet, salty, sour, bitter, hot.
Observing these basic rules will not have an immediate effect, but with a little more will and stubbornness the results will not be late.