• The Power to Heal Through Your Diet: Ayurveda's Food Sadhanas

     

    There exists disease amongst most of us. We run around, trying to cram as much experience into an hour, a minute and a second. We don’t give our body time to rest and we don’t consider what we truly need to be healthy. Fast food is just that, fast, not necessarily good for you. And the way we consume our food is just as important as what we consume.

    In Ayurveda there are the Food Sadhanas, the rules behind proper food consumption. Following these rules allows us to absorb the most nutrition & prana from our food. It also allows our body time to recognize its function in proper assimilation, getting the nutrition to the right sources to help keep us healthy.

    When we don’t digest our food well this can lead to the formation of toxic build up in our body known as ama in Ayurveda. These toxins can lead to many digestive disturbances such as: heartburn, constipation, gas, diarrhea and an upset stomach. When you ignore these signs of dis-ease, symptoms and conditions worsen and then you may chose to change your habits or resort to pharmaceuticals to mask the symptoms.

     

    The Food Sadhanas
    • Begin meals with grace or by simply taking 3 slow breaths. This prepares the body to receive the food by stimulating the digestive juices before food has entered your mouth.
    • Eat in an environment with little distraction: no television, computer, excessive conversation and reading.
    • Chew your food to an even consistency. Chewing properly improves digestion and absorption of the food.
    • Eat until you are 75% full. There is a little air bubble that comes up to indicate when this is, a burp but not a loud one. Overeating is one of the major causes of disease in our society. When we finish eating, we should not feel heavy. 
    • Following your meal let your food digest some before going on to the next activity. It is best to wait 15 minutes for food to digest. During this time light conversation, reading or a mellow walk are good.
    • Take all beverages at room temperature or warm. Cold drinks destroy the digestive fire and decrease digestion. 
    • The body’s rhythms mirror those of the universe and digestion is strongest around noon when the sun is at its peak. It is best to eat a larger meal around noon and have lighter meals in the morning and the evening.
    • Allow three hours between meals for food to digest. This allows most people 3-5 meals per day. 
    • Eat food prepared with love. The energy of the cook is always in the food and we want that emotion to be love, happiness and gratitude.

    In holistic health we treat the cause not just the symptoms. So instead of taking Pepto Bismal and a myriad of other medications to address how you’re feeling we look to: what you eat, how you eat, food combining, lifestyle & we consider your individual constitution.

    As an Ayurvedic practitioner it is my goal to make help you obtain balance and optimum health. If you are interested in a consultation please contact me.

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