After vacation we go back to routines and, even though it might be hard to believe, our cells go crazy happy and the mind relaxes. Ayurvedic nutrition pays as much attention to the “how” we eat as it does to the “what” and one of the healthiest ayurtips has to do with meal times.
When we were growing up, we were told that we should eat at the right times but the fast pace of modern society has made us forgotten it and we have stopped respecting the appropriate times for eating. We are creatures of habit, may we like it or not, because everything in nature works according to cycles and rhythms. In this way, our digestive system has a working schedule and honoring its regularity is a health basic not only of the body but also of the mind-heart.
Adjusting the schedule to the cycles of the Sun is something that all of us can practice and knowing that the digestive fire works better during the middle hours of the day, when the Sun shines brightly, we can organize ourselves according to the following:
Breakfast, light and nutritious, between 7:30 and 8:30. Preferably twelve hours after having eaten dinner.
Lunch, abundant and varied, between 12:30 and 13:30.
Dinner, lighter than lunch and calming, between 19:30 and 20:30, better if it happens before sunset.
Those of you who tend to get hungry in the middle of the afternoon, know that you can have a small snack, maybe some herbal tea, spiced “mylk” (plant based drink) or an organic fruit/veggie juice. A handfull of nuts and seeds is also a good option.
If you are accustomed to eating at random times, going back to a regular schedule might present some challeges at first, but give yourself a couple of weeks and you will start to see the benefits, not only in your digestion, but in the rest of your life as well.
Something as easy as this, keeps us away from digestive problems that, if not corrected at the right time, can become bigger imbalances like obesity, hiatal hernia or diabetes.
aham prema -we are love