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.