Ayurvedic Cooking: Tips and Tricks
With an Ayurvedic lifestyle, it’s more than just what we eat that matters. What’s also very important is how we eat. (And no, I’m not talking about the table manners your mom nagged you about when you were a kid like chewing with your mouth closed, or keeping elbows off the table). With the way we live, it’s hard to find time to eat without grabbing the leftovers from the fridge or eating in the car. With all of this going on, we never actually digest our food in the way it should be digested. This leads to even the healthiest of foods becoming unwholesome to the body. Here are some great tips to help you plan out your meals better and get that digestion back on track.
1. Eat at the same time each day
Since the body thrives on routine, make it a habit to eat at the same time everyday. It will be easier for the body to expect meals. This then makes digestion a lot more efficient because it is already prepared.
2. Only eat when you’re hungry
This may seem obvious, but we can get into the habit of being unable to distinguish boredom from hunger. Eating when you’re not hungry can lead to indigestion, and can throw off the body’s natural eating schedule. When you set your meals on a schedule, it will be easier to tell when you are actually hungry.
3. Chew your food at a moderate pace
Digesting starts at the mouth, so if it doesn’t start off well, it won’t end well.
4. Eat in a quiet, settled atmosphere
This will allow your mind and body to calm down, and will lead to much better digestion. Eating while rushed or in a busy area will create stress, which in turn will lead to a less efficient digestion process.
5. Concentrate on your food
When you surround yourself with distractions like television or work, it’s easy to lose track of how much you are eating. Focusing on your food will allow it to taste better while limiting overeating. You’ll be able to catch the cues of satiation.
Our bodies need food to survive, but if we don’t eat the right foods, in the right way, our health can be affected. These may seem simple but you will notice a huge difference in how you feel. Eating food in the right way allows your body to process it the way nature intended. If you want even more tips and tricks, click here.