Healthy Eating Practices
Eat food that is fresh! As our food dies, so does the nutrients in it... fading away into a shallow version of their former selves. Ayurveda recommends eating well cooked food with fresh ingredients, preferably organic. You should always take meals in a calm and peaceful environment without performing other tasks at the same time. You should be sitting down, and relaxed.
Eat when you are hungry, not simply to pass the time or satiate cravings. It is best to wait to have a meal until your stomach is completely empty, and has digested the previous meal. Do not eat in-between meals, drink hot water instead, or have a piece of fruit. Cook with culinary spices and include all 6 Ayurvedic tastes in your meal: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Honey should not be heated or cooked, and milk should be taken separately, between meals. Sip other liquids during meals, but do not drink a lot of liquid while eating.
According to the wisdom of Ayurveda, lunch is the main meal of the day, when the sun is highest in the sky, for the best digestion. Breakfast and dinner should be light and you should not eat late in the evening after the sun has gone down. Take nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and Ayurvedic herbs to balance your diet and your doshas, like The Yogi Vitamin TM, by West Coast Ayurveda: Vita (for women) and Vita Man (see below).
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