Good Eating HabitsHow you eat is just as important as what you eat. So, if you’re texting, scrolling or stressed while scarfing down your organic buddha bowl, hold the fork. Your body needs to be in ‘rest and digest’ mode for digestion to occur. You can ensure good digestion with a few simple habits:
- Eat in a relaxed environment, with good company.
- Take a few deep belly breaths or try alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhana).
- Offer gratitude for your food
- Only eat - don't walk, talk or scroll.
- Chew your food really well! Digestion begins in the mouth.
- Engage all of your senses - enjoy the sights, smells, textures and flavors in each bite.
- Eat your largest meal at lunchtime when agni is strongest and have a light, early dinner.
- Stop eating before full.
Right DietFood should be consumed appropriate to an individual’s prakruti (birth constitution), vikruti (current state), agni, (digestive capacity), and ritu, (the season). Some general recommendations for diet:
- Focus on seasonal, local produce, whole grains and legumes
- Enjoy cooked foods over raw
- Avoid packaged, processed or microwaved food
- Practice proper food combining
- Recall the principles: like increases like and opposites balance
- When agni is low, fast or take lighter food.