I’ve been reading texts from all over the landscape and Ayurveda is currently on my radar, aiming at a better understanding of how it works and the principles by which it does so.
In fact, per some sources, just following point #8 below, i.e. making lunch the largest meal of the day, ensuring it constitutes 50% of your daily calorific intake, may well help with losing weight, without exercise, diet, reduction in meal size, or indeed any other lifestyle change.
- Eat cooked/steamed foods, as opposed to raw or overcooked.
- Avoid the use of too much oil.
- Avoid using microwaves.
- Try to use wood as a cooking medium, followed by gas and electricity in order of preference.
- Try to eat food cooked with fresh ingredients as far as possible, as opposed to processed or preserved.
- Drinking water
- Overweight folks must drink water before meals
- Those who are underweight must drink water after meals
- Normal folks must drink water with their meals
- Do not eat when angry, upset or otherwise emotionally imbalanced and avoid noisy environments at mealtime.
- Make lunch your largest meal of the day.
- Avoid coffee and cigarettes after meals.
- Eat desserts before your meal.
While all the pointers above should be implemented in our lives, it isn’t fair, reasonable or safe to aim at all of them at once. Start with making a habit of one – do it for 5 days at a go, which duration some say promotes habit formation, then begin on another and so on. While all of these pointers come from an authenticated source, please do not blindly follow them. If you have a medical condition or are of delicate disposition, please consult a doctor prior to trying any of these or deviating from a course of action you’re already following.
Are you already following any of the above points? What has been your experience? Do share!