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According to Ayurveda, lunch is the most important meal of the day. Afternoons are considered the Pitta time of the day. Since Pitta is the dosha of heat and fire, our agni (digestive juices) is burning the brightest at this time, enabling healthy movement of food through the digestive tract without accumulating excess ama (toxins). It is because of this that you are often advised to eat a hearty lunch.
However, this is not to say that breakfast and dinner are not important. They are. And skipping any meal can unbalance the Sadhaka Pitta, which is responsible for your emotional well-being, causing you to binge unnecessarily. Here are some guidelines to ensure that all your meals are hearty and healthy.
An ideal meal, according to Ayurveda, should be freshly prepared.
It should be eaten warm as this helps balance all the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).
Make sure you chew your food well to make it easier for digestion.
Don’t drink water an hour before or after eating if you’re Vata dominant. For a dominant Pitta, have small sips throughout your meals. Kapha dominants should drink water before their meal.
Replace raw salads with vegetables sauteed with spices and ghee.
Don’t eat leftovers as they are hard to digest and can cause accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body.
Skipping meals will not help you lose weight. It will slow down your metabolism and damage your health. Eating a substantial and healthy meal is a much easier and healthier way to drop those extra pounds! For more advice on weight management, consult a Jiva doctor. Dial 0129-4040404 from your mobile phone or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in the Jiva Health App.
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