Shreevarma’s Ayurvedic Guide to Safe & Healthy Eating:
As per Ayurveda, good health starts with a good diet, and a good diet starts with healthy food & right eating habits. Ayurveda believes food to be as powerful as medicine, when consumed properly. Therefore, we should give attention to our daily diet, which should be in accordance with the Ayurvedic dietary principles. On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, celebrated on June 7th Shreevarma brings you the Ayurvedic guide to healthy and safe eating habits.
Avoid Leftovers, Cold, and Processed Foods:
Ayurveda suggests avoiding foods that are frozen, processed, full of additive sugars, and canned because our body struggles to break them down efficiently. Ice cold drinks and food are also harmful for our digestive system, as they dampen the digestive fire and cause indigestion. In simple words, we should avoid junk foods as much as we can, and switch to whole foods instead.
Eat Your Meals in a Well Seated Posture:
According to Ayurveda, the posture that we make while eating our meals holds great importance alongside food’s constituents. Shreevarma suggests to cross our legs and sit in an upright posture while eating our food. If you prefer to eat your meals sitting on a chair, then keep your back straight, while making sure to be in a comfortable position. Do not keep your body stiff. Bend in an appropriate way while taking bite from the plate. Do not eat in haste as your system needs to get enough time for digestion.
Eliminate Distractions While Eating
Most of us prefer to watch television, use social media, read the newspaper, text or call friends while having our meals, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. As per Ayurveda, our body tries to connect with the inherent energy of the food during our mealtime. And that is why any distractions which hamper this process should be avoided. Shreevarma recommends tasting the flavours, seeing the colours, and bringing awareness to the soil, earth, and the sunshine which have united for creating the food’s bundles of energies.
Avoid Harmful Food Combinations
Ayurveda strongly advises to avoid some food combinations which can upset the doshas’ balance and lead to problems like fermentation, putrefaction, gas formation, and ingestion. Here are some of the harmful food combinations that should be avoided- milk-eggs, honey-ghee, milk-banana, etc.
Eat Seasonal Food
We should not underestimate the importance of seasonal eating. Ayurveda recommends eating food according to its seasonal availability. You should eat fresh fruits and vegetables as per the seasons while considering aspects like warmer foods (nuts, jaggery, and nuts) in winter, and colder foods (lemonade, buttermilk, and curd) in the summer season. It helps our body to work comfortably without facing any health issues.
These ancient Ayurveda practices will help you stay healthy by how you eat your meals and virtue of the food. Let’s be grateful for the meals that we consume along the way and take our time to enjoy our food. Shreevarma helps people live a healthy life and follow a balanced diet as per the traditional healthcare system of Ayurveda. For more than 20 years, Shreevarma Community has been dedicatedly healing people all across the world & helping them adapt to a natural way of living.