Contrary to what you might think, following an Ayurvedic diet doesn’t mean eating only vegetables, fruits, rice and legumes. Basic Ayurveda diet principles can be applied to any cuisine, be it Asian, Indian, European, Vegan or whatever you prefer. The main rule that Ayurveda insists on is that your food should be as much as possible fresh, local and seasonal.
Ayurvedic diet never asks you to follow any hard and fast rules or laws, all you need is to include “The Six Tastes” in each meal. The six ayurvedic tastes are – Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. Inclusion of these six tastes in daily diet is a great and easy way too inculcate Ayurvedic diet in your lifestyle and feel more healthy and youthful.
Increased Energy, Healthy Weight, Improved Body Functions, Glowing Skin, Youth & Vitality, and Better Immunity are just a few benefits that you can gain from embracing a good ayurvedic diet.
10 Ayurvedic Diet Tips
1. Eat Comfortably and Slowly : Chew your Food well and eat while sitting down, never eat in a hurry. Eat in a comfortable and peaceful place with as little distraction as possible. Never eat when you are really upset or busy.
2. Eat in Right Quantity : Listen to your body while eating, always eat in right quantity, do not overeat. Greasy and oily food takes longer to digest so have them in smaller portions.
3. Always Eat a Fresh & Warm Meal : Ayurveda’s endorses mainly cooked foods as cooking increases the element of ‘agni‘ (fire) that is vital for good digestion. The higher proportion of nutrients in raw food is of no use if the food can’t be digested, absorbed and assimilated. Always eat a warm meal , freshly cooked if possible as this allows the digestive enzymes to work well.
4. Eat Quality and Seasonal food :Ayurveda advocates for fresh, seasonal and local food as they have more prana and are devoid of preservatives. Avoid dry and preserved food. Seasonal food is always considered more healthy.
5. Drink Water the Right Way : Never drink ice cold water or any other cold beverage before meal – it kills the digestive agni (fire). Avoid Water at least 15 minutes before food. Small quantity of warm water can be taken after food, never drink cold water immediately after food.
6. Avoid Greasy food : Heavy and greasy food should be taken in a smaller quantity, its better to have juicy and light food. try and avoid dry and preserved food. Lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day.
7. Have a Light and Early Dinner : Its better to have a light and early dinner. Late-night meals do not go well with sleep, and after 10:00 p.m. the or body is tuned to burn off toxins . So eating late, causes toxins amass to in the system, and due to this when you eat late the next day you wake up listless and tired.
8. Eat at Regular Times : Nature respects you if you respect the it, and nature likes regularity. So respect the timings try to eat your food every day more or less around the same time.
9. Whenever Possible before Meals , have this : A pinch of rock salt and ginger is very good if taken just before having food. It aids to proper secretion of enzymes and also helps in digestion
10. Heavy Mental or Physical Work should be avoided after meals : Avoid very heavy mental and physical work immediately after meals, it is good if you take a small break before plunging into work after a meal.
These are general Ayurvedic rules and tips for healthy people , if you are suffering from some ailment is better to take expert advice. Also if you need to loose weight or want to know what diet your suit your body type. It is best to consult an ayurvedic expert. Ayurveda advocates that our bodies are made up of a certain kind of doshas or elements – vata, pitta or kapha. In order to keep healthy, we need to balance our dosha an that can be done by eating the right kind of food suited for that dosha.
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