Learn more about Ayurveda Nutrition

How to eat with the benefits for body and soul? You can find the answer to this question in the ancient Indian “science of life” – Ayurveda.

1. Cook your food by yourself.
One of the Ayurveda diet recommendations says: eat fresh, just cooked food. Do not expose it repeated thermal treatment. The process of cooking is very important too. You should begin the cutting vegetables and cooking soup only in a good mood, thinking about nice things. This makes the food tastier and better not only for you but for the people you love (and feed). So if you are offended and angry, you’d better to postpone cooking.
2. Eat “alive” food.
To be viable, our body needs in live food. This is fresh, natural fruits, vegetables and whole grain. All of them contain enzymes necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of food. Also they have nutrients for normal cell development. Actually in saying “You are what you eat” there is the profound truth.Cook from fresh ingredients. Frozen and canned ones are “lifeless”. And eat more raw food (vegetables, fruits, grain), because with any treatment products lose a significant part of the life-giving energy and flavor.3. Eat when you are hungry.

In Ayurveda the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner are not the authority. It recommends eating only when you feel hungry. The body knows better when to eat. However, this rule does not apply to cases concerned with violation of appetite. “Eat, when the body prompts to you” does not mean “over-eat.” The only time limitation concerns breakfast. The first time for meal is recommended before 8 a.m.

4. Follow principles of compatibility products.
According to Ayurveda, you need to eat fruits, starch, proteins and fats separately at different times of the day.
Here are some examples:
  • Drink milk or yogurt separately from acidic fruits, or citrus;
  • Eat fruits separately from potato and other starchy foods (fructose is digested quickly);
  • Eat melon separately from grain and milk (generally it is desirable not to combine melons with any food).

5. Rest from food.

According to Ayurveda, once a week you should “rest” from the heavy food. As people, who practice fasting for one day, say, it is not easy to get used to the food limitations, but eventually you feel a sense of lightness and “hover” and you begin to understand all the charm of this principle.

6. Include all 6 tastes in the diet.

A balanced diet should include all six tastes (sweet, salt, sour, spicy, astringent and bitter) at each meal. However, there is no need to overload one dish. Some herbs or hot spices will add the missing shade of taste. Also it is not recommended to follow the same set of flavors every day. Let your body to enjoy the whole palette of tastes, and your body will be grateful to you.

7. Do not ignore the spices.

There are a lot of spices in Indian cuisine. And they are very useful not only for the tasty qualities of any dish, but also for the body. It’s because natural seasonings have a lot of valuable substances. However, you should not overdo. You can spoil the dish easily.

8. Trust your intuition.
Though ayurvedic texts contain the detailed lists of products corresponding to any properties and tastes, remember, this knowledge is present in you initially. If you are in balance, if you live in harmony with nature, you will want just the kind of food, your body needs most of all at the moment. If you are attracted to food, because of which you feel physical or emotional discomfort, it means that the balance is disturbed. The easiest way to get it back is to begin using all six tastes again. And once you will notice that you like useful food no less, and thus the balance is restored. When there is a doubt in the choice, just remember what food you prefer when you are fine.
9. Have a meal in a good spirit.

Calm and steady meal guarantees its normal absorption and good spirit for the whole day. Consumed food absorbs the energy of our thoughts, that’s why think only about good at the table. If you can not stop the flow of negative thoughts and emotions, then do not eat for some time, because food will not go for the good now.

10. Do not hurry.

This is very simple but important rule of eating. To eat slowly even more important than to pay attention to what you eat. Favorable food, not chewed properly, is not useful. But if you have to eat not very nutritious food because of any external circumstances and you eat it slowly and your digestive system is in good condition, then your body will still benefit from the food. Thus, according to Ayurveda, the self-adjusting system of your organism works.

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