Are you eating your food right? Just take a closer look and you will find that many of us will be eating while running after our little ones or as we catch up with the emails on the phone. Sounds familiar? If yes, then it is high time you stop doing that and eat the right way. Here are some really valuable tips from the ancient science of life, Ayurveda that would definitely help you in revamping your eating style.
The 5 Must Follow Ayurvedic Tips For Eating Right
- Eat only when hungry, but maintain a routine
This is the basic rule when it comes to eating. You should eat only if you are feeling really hungry. Only when you are hungry, the digestive enzymes are secreted. However, it is equally essential to maintain a good routine. Try to eat on the same time every day as it will help the biological clock to create a routine for the secretion of the digestive enzymes and kick off the process of digestion. Once you develop this habit, you will be able to slip into the second tip easily.
- Eat at regular intervals and slowly.
Eating at regular intervals comes with time. In the initial stage you will feel that it is a compulsive process but slowly the body steps into the new routine. Always eat within 2 ½ to 3 hours of having the previous meal. This will naturally slow down the pace of your eating as well as help you in eating less.
- Balance your doshas while you eat.
Try to strike a balance while you pick the foods. Include two different veggies in your meal in such a way that both are complimentary in terms of texture, flavor, as well as color. Cauliflower and green beans make a great combo. You can even try carrots and broccoli as they balance Vata, Kapha, and Pitta.
- Say not to emotional eating.
Emotional eating is our friend. Chocolates, deep-fried delicacies, ice creams, pizzas – they all ‘rescue’ us from the stress and helps in mood uplifting. No, that is wrong! They in fact worsen the condition. So, never eat when you are upset, stressed, or angry. Just give yourself some time till you are feeling better. Only when you are able to concentrate completely on your food, your body will be able to reap the benefits. You should also stay away from reading paper and watching television too.
- When to have water
You can have water while you are eating, but in sips. Avoid drinking water just before and after eating your food. Never drink water if you are hungry or eat while you are feeling thirsty.
Always end your meals with dairy products or a couple of sips of fruit juice. This will calm down the Pitta and promote digestion. What we eat and how we eat are two factors we need to monitor. If you are doing the former already, it is already time to concentrate on the latter. Eat right! Stay healthy!