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Ayurvedic Diet

 

Simply put diet is sum of substances we intake to energize our body or to make it work. According to Ayurveda, there is not one diet suitable for everyone as every individual has unique body constitution. Different food substances hold different properties that may be useful for one but can cause harm to other. If we know the properties of foods, we can use them as a powerful mean to bring about balance, health and happiness in our life. Hence, Ayurvedic diet is uniquely designed for every individual considering his/her specific needs.

 
The various factors that need to be kept in mind while working out the ideal diet for each person include:
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The natural properties of food substance and how they can be altered

The effects of combining foods or the compatibility of different foods.

The quantity of food intake.

The places and climate where the food is grown, prepared and consumed.

Seasons and time of day when food is consumed.

Avoid the use of artificial flavors, chemicals, preservatives and colours.

 
General Diet Suggestions:

Eat in accordance with your hunger level. Avoid eating when not feel
   hungry, similarly do not delay or skip meals.

Try to have your meal at approximately the same time every day.

Breakfast is important meal of the day so do not skip it. But it should be  
   light, just enough to make you charged till lunch. Fresh fruits, sprouts, 
   milk, whole grain cereals etc serve excellently as breakfast.          

Lunch, which is the most important meal of the day, should be the
   largest. According to Ayurveda, our digestive fire or Agni works best
   during this period of day hence food is easily digested. It should include
   lentils, whole wheat breads, grains, vegetables and other food items that
   provide protein, and fuel your activities throughout the day. The ideal time
   for lunch is from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Eat in accordance with your hunger level. Avoid eating when not feel
   hungry, similarly do not delay or skip meals

Try to have your meal at approximately the same time every day.                                            

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Breakfast is important meal of the day so do not skip it. But it should be light, just enough to make you charged till lunch. Fresh   
   fruits, sprouts, milk, whole grain cereals etc serve excellently as breakfast.                                                                          

Lunch, which is the most important meal of the day, should be the largest. According to Ayurveda, our digestive fire or Agni works
   best during this period of day hence food is easily digested. It should include lentils, whole wheat breads, grains, vegetables and  
   other
   food items that provide protein, and fuel your activities throughout the day. The ideal time for lunch is from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Dinner the last meal of the day should be light and must consumed at least three hours before bed. It should be preferably relaxing
   without too heavy curries or gravies.                                                                                                                                      

Do not try to gulp your food, eat at a moderate pace and chew the food thoroughly. It is important to remember that digestion begins
   in the mouth, and the stomach has no teeth.

Do not over or under eat, as both are harmful for your health. Overeating cause heaviness, lethargy and obesity while under eating
   lack you from requisite nutrition and cause many health problems.

Keep a healthy gap between two meals. Eat when the previous meal is digested. This usually takes 3-6 hours.

Ayurveda explains 6 tastes of foods: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. It recommends the use of all tastes in a meal
   as each taste nourish the body, mind, senses, and spirit in its own unique way.

Eat in a settled, calm atmosphere and avoid reading, T.V., or driving while eating. Let your mind and body enjoy the flavors, textures,
   and aromas of food.

Try to avoid consuming liquids with your meal. If you want to have, then take warm or room temperature liquids only. The chilled, cold
   liquids suppress your digestive fire and disturb the digestion process.

After finishing your meal, sit comfortably for some time. It ensures the uninterrupted digestive process.  

Take a short walk after a meal helps your body to digest the meal more efficiently. There should be ten minutes gap between meal
   and walk. Traditionally it is recommended to take at least 100 steps.

Milk is important part of a healthy diet. It should be taken either alone or with other sweet tastes. Boiling milk with a pinch of spice,
  such as cinnamon, ginger, or turmeric, add extra taste and values to it. Milk should be consumed warm. Never take milk with meat,
  fish, sour foods, vegetables, salt, or eggs.

Include freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices in your daily diet. While raw vegetables can aggravate Vata, juices are an excellent
  source of nutrition for all doshas, and Prana (vital life energy) as well.

Ayurveda generally recommends a lacto-vegetarian diet for most people, which include dairy products but not eggs. However,
   modifications can be made according to your personal desire. You can choose completely vegetarian diet.

To get rid of those heavy fatty snacks switch to sweet juicy fruits such as pears, plums, or grapes for snacks. You can also have
   some dry fruits to suppress that in meal hunger.

Avoid using refined white sugar. Instead, use other natural sweeteners such as, Agave (from cactus), Rapadura, Sucanet, Date 
   sugar, Pure Maple sugar, etc.

Avoid cold foods, drinks as they suppress digestive fire, and disturb digestion and increase toxins in the physiology.

Avoid the consumption of carbonated beverages as they aggravate Vata and diminish “Ojas” (the basis of immunity).

Caffeine should also used restrictively as it considerably aggravates both Vata and Pitta. The overuse of caffeine can significantly   
   imbalances the physiology. Coffee contains highest caffeine, followed by black tea. Coffee and black tea can be replaced by Green
   tea or white tea that are lower in caffeine and provides the other health benefits of tea in general.

 
 
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