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How to Eat for Ayurvedic Weight Loss

by Ayurveda Therapist on July 11, 2011

1. Meal Planning For Weight Loss
Eat a light breakfast, mid-morning snack of fruit, a moderate-size lunch between 12 and 2PM (this is when Pitta is at its highest and able to digest foods the most easily), an after-noon light snack with herbal tea, and a light dinner at least 2-3 hours before going to bed.

2. Leave the Leftovers
Pass on leftover foods that are tamasic in nature and reduce energy when eaten leaving one feeling slow, sluggish, and tired. 

Instead, aim to cook the amount necessary for the meal. If there are leftovers, compost them to benefit Mother Earth and your next harvest (healthy compost yields great soil for gardening!)

3. Eat Warm Foods
Eat warm, well-cooked foods that support easy digestion. Avoid eating cold food, especially in winter.

4. Ginger For Enhanced Digestion
Before lunch, eat a small piece of fresh ginger soaked in limejuice and honey. This will activate salivary glands, produce digestive enzymes, and jump-start your digestive process prior to the main course.

5. Don’t Go to Bed on a Full Stomach
Following a meal, avoid lying down or going to sleep for at least 2 hours. Plan so that dinner is at least 2- 3 hours before bedtime. This will support healthier digestion as well as more restful sleep.

6. Relax Your Belly
Notice if you are tense in your stomach and allow the stomach to ease and relax completely. Practice belly breathing in between bites to ensure that the belly is in a relaxed state for optimal digestion. Following a meal, rest sitting up for at least 30 minutes.

8. Chew Chew Chew
Chew your food thoroughly to improve digestion, eat less, and lose weight. This process aids in the proper transport of digestive nutrients in your body thereby initiating the digestive process. Also, when you chew your food completely, you are more likely to eat less and become satisfied more quickly. When you eat slowly and mindfully, you are more aware to the brain signals that you are full, causing you to eat less.

9. Eat Happy
A happy digestive system is a healthy one and a happy, relaxed mind leads to healthier digestion. As such, it is important to sit down and eat in a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere. Do not eat if you are angry or anxious. Practice eating in silence to increase your awareness of the tastes, textures, and aroma of the food.

10. Thank Your Food
Practice gratitude while eating. Say a prayer of thanks for the food you are about to consume. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite. Adding a thank you for your food will help you connect with your food, be more mindful, and eat less as you are more quickly satisfied.

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