The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and Spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."
Eat Real. Eat Regular. Eat Present. by Kate Towell
Slow down and simplify is basically what I discovered while exploring the vast differences between the Standard American Diet (SAD) and Ayurveda’s approach towards nutrition. The state of the American dietary dilemma is reflected on news programs, bookshelves, billboards and media everywhere. It is hard to find a person who is not trying a new diet, supplement or miracle drink in the hopes of finding lasting wellness.
Good nutrition should be simple and straightforward but the current system has become incredibly complex. Modern nutritional science is the only science where two parties can make claims that are diametrically opposed to one another. Pick up one book and it presents compelling information that eating a raw foods diet is the path to health, while the one on the shelf next to it has equally compelling information touting a high protein meat diet.
Are you confused? I know I was. I began to search for a new way of eating and a healthier way of living. A movement has begun. Americans are becoming aware of a different way of eating, living and sustaining health. How can you shift? With Ayurveda, the answer is simple.
- Fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains should make up the bulk of your diet.
- Eliminate processed foods including all white sugars and white flours.
- Cook most of your meals at home.
- Eliminate sodas and reduce coffee and alcohol.
- Eat meals and eat at regular times. Ayurveda recommends eating breakfast by 7AM, your largest meal mid-day and a light supper before 7:30PM.
- Eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
- Limit snacking. According to Ayurveda constant snacking or eating a number of small meals during the day weakens our digestive fire.
- Eliminate eating late in the evening. No food after 7:30 PM.
- Eat at a table. Refrain from eating while driving, at your desk or in front of the TV.
- Breathe between bites.
- Eat Slow. Give yourself time to enjoy the food.
- Have a mealtime ritual. Light a candle or say a few words of thanks to honor what nourishes you.
In Ayurveda the journey begins from where you are standing now. Set your intention to shift and begin with small steps. Relax; don’t try to be “perfect”. Your diet will evolve in a way that is organic to you. Just keep making small changes towards real food, eating less, slowing down and being fully present with the experience. Keep the things that work and let go of those that do not. Welcome to the shift.
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