2. Quantity of food.
Ayurveda advises that excessive food intake leads to the formation of Ama (toxins). It is crucial to consume an appropriate quantity of food. Ideally, after a meal, you want to feel satisfied without experiencing bloating or heaviness in the stomach.
This ancient science also cautions against excessive water consumption before or during a meal. Doing so you are distinguishing your digestive fire, hindering proper digestion.
Yoga and Ayurveda propose a valuable guideline regarding food portions. It is recommended to follow this principle: fill 50% of your stomach with food, allocate 25% for water, and leave the remaining 25% empty.
3. Quality of the food.
The quality of the food you consume significantly impacts the health of your body and mind. It’s advisable to minimise the intake of heavily processed foods containing additives, preservatives, artificial flavourings, and colourings. Additionally, avoid consuming burnt, overcooked, or undercooked food.
While an occasional treat is enjoyable, steer clear of junk food, artificial imitations of natural foods, and canned products. During the era of Ayurveda, there were not highly processed or artificial foods; the emphasis was on a diet comprising fresh, freshly prepared ingredients. Although our modern lifestyle may pose challenges to cooking fresh for every meal, incorporating fresh vegetables is highly encouraged.
Sadly, many of the vegetables available in supermarkets have been grown using pesticides (a topic for another day!). When feasible, opting for organic, produce is strongly recommended.
The cost of living doesn’t always allow this. Instead, ensure thorough washing of your produce. One useful tip is to soak non-organic vegetables in water with a dash of white vinegar for five minutes, followed by a thorough rinse.
Prioritise local and seasonal produce. This approach may facilitate the purchase of organic fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price.