Consume freshly prepared warm food (prefer local and seasonal produce) for better nutrition and improved digestion. Avoid junk, preserved or stale food; cold drinks/chilled water with meals. Do not eat food cooked in mixed oils or repeatedly used oils. Do not bathe after eating. End your day with a glass of golden milk (a glass of hot milk+1/2t turmeric powder!).
When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” In all my health workshops, I try to make my participants understand this nature of ours.
Leading such a busy and confused life, we try to stay healthy with health retreats, elaborate and drastic lifestyle changes, or rigorous everyday regimes. However, simplicity can work the magic too. Ayurvedic practices revolve around the principle that staying healthy is all about forming good habits and enjoying them.
10 Easy-To-Follow Ayurvedic Tips
Follow the body clock and not the electronic clocks. Listen to your body as it avoids mental and physical confusion.
Always eat freshly prepared warm food as it stimulates and balances the digestive enzymes.
Do not eat food cooked in mixed oils or repeatedly used oils, as these combinations act as slow poisons on the body.
Avoid junk food, outside food, canned food, preserved or stale food, and maida flour completely as the preservative and chemical content deteriorates the body systems.
Always eat seasonal and locally available foods because these have the best nutritive values. Also, as our bodies adjust to the specific environment in which we grow up, the flora and fauna of that environment are the most suitable for our bodies.
Avoid cold drinks/chilled water with meals as this causes digestive troubles, obesity, bloating, etc.
Do not eat until the previous meal is digested, as your digestive system needs time to work efficiently. This is a golden rule for good health.
Do not bathe after eating, as this slows down the digestive system and causes long-term indigestion.
Give a minimum gap of three hours between dinner and bedtime to avoid health issues related to food reflux.
End your day with a glass of golden milk—1 glass hot milk + 1 pinch cardamom powder + ½ tsp organic turmeric powder + ½ tsp cow ghee (optional). This practice aids digestion, improves immunity, gives a relief from stress, promotes better sleep, improves libido, and helps you stay young and healthy.
Reading these tips, if you think they are too small to make any difference, then try sleeping with a mosquito. Get my point? So let us be a little less skeptical and allow the practices formed from 5000 years of Ayurvedic wisdom guide us toward a healthy, anxiety-free life.