1. Bright and FreshChoose wholesome foods that look fresh and colourful, and try to buy organic where possible.
2. Regular Meals
Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly, and stop eating just before you feel completely full. Ayurveda teaches that leaving some space in the stomach helps us digest our food better, to eat until you are uncomfortably full puts your digestive system under duress and makes you feel sleepy after eating.
3. Eat Calmly
4. Passing Time
As a general rule try to leave a four hour gap between meals to allow one meal to be processed efficiently before you introduce more food to your stomach. Eating between meals means that you digestive system becomes distracted from your last meal to focus on whatever snack has now entered your system. Ayurveda believes that this distracted digestion can lead to a weakened digestive system and a build up of toxic waste.
5. Playing with Fire
6. Sit a While
7. Get Water WiseSip room temperature water with meals. According to Ayurveda, ice cold drinks weaken the digestion. Milk doesn't mix with meals either. Hot water or herbal tea is good to sip when eating and if your digestion is sluggish you could make a simple ginger tea by grating some fresh ginger and adding it to a cup of freshly boiled hot water. This is very good for digestion, thirst quenching and cleansing to the deeper tissues of the body.
8. Eat for Health & Harmony
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