How Ayurveda Inspires Mindful Eating. Ayurveda translates as “knowledge of life”. It is a highly sophisticated, complete wellness system that covers food, medicine, lifestyle and total health. By incorporating ancient Ayurvedic principles into our day, we can obtain a more balanced lifestyle – leading to better health in mind, body and soul.
When looking at food and nutrition, Ayurveda recognises that food can be used as medicine. The practice focuses on viewing a person as a holistic being, where everything is connected, and every decision affects their state of health and balance.
To practice Ayurveda correctly, one must become aware of their constitutional make up – their three Doshas. If you did not take the Dosha quiz in our last blog post, you can find it here again: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/dosha-quiz
This quiz will help identify which Dosha is most prevalent in your constitution and will also explain their unique qualities. By understanding your constitution, you will be able to identify which foods keep you balanced and which foods cause havoc and disruption.
By bringing awareness to this, we are able to choose foods that support and calm the body, improving health, wellbeing and overall happiness. Many people claim that the state of our digestive directly influences the state of our mood and mental health. By eating to support our unique makeup, we keep all other parts of ourselves happy and balanced too.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Treat your body like a temple, it’s the only place you have to live”? This idea comes from Ayurveda and the understanding that we can choose to nourish our health or plague it.
However, it’s not just what we eat but also HOW we eat. Over the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on Mindfulness and in particular – mindful eating. Western doctors have reported that eating too fast when we are stressed causes excess stomach acid, leading to gas, heartburn and abdominal discomfort.
Mindful eating consists of slowing down. Sitting down properly to eat and really enjoying the food on your plate. This not only gives your body the time it needs to signal when it is full (approximately 20 minutes), it also provides ample time for the stomach’s digestive system to work at a healthy pace.
Combining informed food and drinks choices, with mindful eating helps to achieve balance in both health and wellbeing. Digestive ailments can easily be overcome with Ayurvedic awareness.
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