Afternoon Ayurveda: Tips to Avoid Digestive Drama
Yoga Iowa, Spring Issue
“What you eat becomes your mind. As is the food, so is your mind.” Ayurvedic proverb as stated in The Prime by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary.
The next time your lunch hour rolls around, keep the following Ayurvedic tips in mind:
Eat your main meal of the day at lunch. This might sound ridiculous, but try it out! When the sun is highest in the sky, our agni (digestive fire) is working at maximum strength. As the sun goes down, so does our agni. To burn our largest meal of the day, we eat when our digestive fire is strongest, at lunchtime.
Nourish with food. According to Ayurveda, fresh, pure (not processed), cooked foods full of prana, or life force, are more bioavailable for our bodies. Well-cooked foods are easier for our body to digest and assimilate. When possible, avoid eating lunch on the go, especially “fast” food, and favor prana-filled foods. This may require planning ahead and packing a lunch the night before, or in the morning before going to work. An easy-to-prepare lunch: sautéed veggies, seasoned with one of our Organic Churnas, along with rice or quinoa. If brown-bagging your lunch isn’t possible, find healthy, local restaurants close to work, and give yourself a few minutes after lunch to breathe, walk and shift gears before the next meeting.
Mindful eating. Often, our lunch hours are filled with more than just eating, and we stand, walk, or drive our way through our meals. But to absorb nutrients from the food we eat, our bodies need a settled environment to enjoy and digest our lunch. When eating, bring awareness to the taste and source of your food, free from your to-do list, computer and cell phone. Our digestion starts in our mouth, and when we take the time to eat properly, chewing and tasting our food, “well begun is half done.”
Stimulate digestion. If you feel fatigued after eating or have weak digestion, peel and slice one-inch pieces of fresh ginger and keep them in the office fridge. Chew on a piece before or after meals. If these ingredients are not handy, steep an organic ginger tea bag — sip and feel the difference.
Drink warm water throughout the day. When you’re hydrated, it’s easier for food to pass through the digestive system. Try switching to room-temperature water, or mix the hot and cold water from the office water dispenser. Stock your bag with your favorite teas to enjoy throughout the day. A soothing cup of our Organic Calming Vata Tea will do wonders to settle a whirling, busy mind.
To learn more about the importance of maintaining healthy digestion, we recommend reading The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss, by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, Integrative Neurologist. In this, her first book, she shows us how to sharpen the brain, and smarten and heal the gut. (www.myvpk.com/theprime)
Check out our website: www.mapi.com. You will be amazed at what you will learn!
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