In recent years, we’ve been flooded with health benefits of ayurveda. According to ayurveda the most important cause of 'Disease' is improper diet in improper way. As an ancient provebs of ayurveda says that:
“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need”
single most thing, one can do to remain healthy is to take healthy diet. A healthy diet is more powerful then medicine.
Ayurveda does not prescribe a single diet for anyone, or a perfect diet which is constant throughout the year, or at different stage of a person’s life. But there are some ayurvedic principles which accomplish your meal as a healthy diet.
1. Take your meal when you are hungry
2. Take it in a calm and comfortable place.
3. Never eat incompatible food items together such as-milk and salt etc.
4. Take freshly prepared and seasonal foods at every meal.
5. Choose organic and local food whenever available.
6. Must take all six tastes at every meal to overcome nutritional deficiency.
The six tastes are:
Sweet – sugar, honey, rice, milk, sweet fruits etc.
Sour – lemons, orange, green apple, yogurt, mattha etc.
Salty –any salty food
Pungent – any hot spice, chili peppers, ginger,
Bitter – leafy greens, turmeric, lettuce, etc.
Astringent – beans, lentils, etc.
7. Avoid consumption of packaged, processed foods and unhealthy oils.
8. Must add these five sattvic items in your meal: milk, ghee, almonds, honey, fruit.
9. Keep the mind present and pay full attention while having your meal.
10. A 15 minute walks after meal to help digestion and never do a travelling, exercise or sexual intercourse within one hour after meal.
Irregular eating habits are one of the major causes of disease. Here is healthy diet plan.
• Early morning- A Luke warm water followed by 15 minute walk.
• Breakfast( medium-sized meal, between7:30 and 9:00 am. )
• Midmorning-A glass of mattha or fruit juice (orange, pineapple or carrot juice) or fresh fruits.
• Lunch (your largest meal, between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm.)
• Mid-afternoon - Lemon tea, Fresh vegetable soup, lemon juice, or green tea.
• Dinner (your smallest meal, between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm)
Sequence of consuming food :
• Madhur (sweet) rasa food -like fruits are advisable to take in the beginning of meal.
• food with Amla and Lavana (sour and salty) rasa in the middle
• and Katu,Tikta,Kashay (bitter ,astringent and pungent) foods should be taken at the end of meal.
Concept of digestive power or Agni:
Agni, is one of the most important concept in Ayurveda diet it is also called as Fire (in our case Digestive Fire). When your Digestive Fire is strong, you can digest whatever you eat. On the other hand, when your Agni is weakened, you cannot digest the food you take and your body produces toxins. To balance your Agni, follow the Healthy Eating Habits and try to eat lightly or low carb diet.
Prepared by:- Dr Shivani Amola