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Suggestions from Ayurveda regarding Meals

  • Sit in a quiet calm environment for your meals

  • Calm yourself and give thanks prior to eating. Eat mindfully!

  • Have a daily routine for meals and try to eat at approximately the same time.

  • Dinner is advised prior to 8:00 p.m.

  • Food should be fresh and of good quality. The meal should satisfy all the senses.

  • Do not eat too fast. Chew your food slowly and savor each bite so you can relish the taste and flavor.

  • Eat to three-fourth of your capacity. Be satisfied but not overfull!

  • Lunch should be the main meal of the day. Dinner and Breakfast should be lighter both in size and quality of food.

  • Allow 3 hour breaks in between meals, to allow complete digestion.

  • Avoid ice cold beverages and food - they diminish the Agni or digestive fire.

  • Take a few minutes to sit quietly after your meal before resuming any movement or activity.

  • It is advised for the meal to include all six tastes - Salty, Sour, Sweet, Astringent, Pungent, and Bitter.

  • Try to avoid walking and eating at the same time.

  • Avoid any controversial topics or negative emotions while eating. Make it pleasant for yourself and your friends at the table during a group meal.

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