Human physiology is a reflection of the laws of the universe, and the more we tune our lives with nature, the healthier we are likely to be! That’s why Ayurveda suggests bioavailable food. As much as they are considered viable for the environment, so are they easy for our body to assimilate. Moreover, when and how this food is consumed contributes to the overall effect it will have, on our consciousness as well as our physical health. Let’s get to the specifics of what, when and how to eat:
It’s a well-known fact that fruits and vegetables are must-have parts of your diet. Their nutritional value is one factor. Apart from that, they are natural internal cleansers, implying that they flush out toxins from our body.
Spices are available in abundant quantity and wide variety in our country. Using them in our daily food not only adds color, aroma and flavour, but also digestive value. They are the easiest to subsume after liquids.
Water is a vital necessity. It would regulate your blood flow, body temperature and healthy organ functioning. It helps in the elimination of toxins, that’s why you must have heard of detox water recently. The term has sprouted from ages old Ayurveda.
Ayurveda recommends getting all six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent — at every meal.
Each taste is associated with certain chemicals your body needs:
Sweet: carbohydrates, sugars, fats, amino acids
Sour: organic acids
Pungent: volatile oils
Bitter: alkaloids, glycosides
According to Ayurveda, the time when sun is at its brightest is the time when our digestive ability becomes strongest. So warm up yourself with appetizers in the morning and run a marathon to eat stomach-full of food at lunch time. Not to load the intestines but just to have a hearty happy meal.
Such a meal would keep you occupied till dinner and you can skip on the junk food that you usually gulp in the evening hours, softly known as supper.
Make sure the food is properly baked, cooked, steamed or sautéed. Before eating, as it’s widely said, thank GOD for providing the gift of nourishment and take a minute to contemplate that you are about to recharge your body. Sit down calmly, take a long breath, smell in the aroma, touch the food, savour the taste, bite and chew every bit, and swallow with happiness. In this hustle-bustle life, you would think this is something you cannot execute but it’s worth a try. The experience would help you redo it.
All in all, remember Ayurveda diet is not just about food, but when and how you eat it. Food is not just a material you take in for taste, it contributes to the nourishment of your body. Make sure it’s worth it.