When a meal is as good as this, it’s hard to slow down and chew. (Compliments to Native Foods in Chicago.)
Last year I was at a Matisyahu concert that was followed by a Q&A. Someone asked Matisyahu what he did to stay grounded in the limelight and traveling. His answer was “I chew my food.” I think a bit of the crowd was confused, but this Ayurveda Practitioner right here completely understood.
Digestion is the key to health. So chewing your food plays a huge part. Although, digestion is different between the dosha’s, Vata, Pitta, or Kapha, these few pointers are optimal for everyone.
- Chew your food until it is almost a liquid.
- Take a minute before you start eating to settle in and set the intention of mindful eating.
- At every meal, the stomach should be filled with 50% solid food, 25% with liquid beverages sipped slowly throughout the meal, and 25% left empty for everything to process.
- Try including all six tastes in your meals: Bitter, sweet, salty, astringent, pungent, & sour.
- Avoid skipping meals, this sets off the natural rhythm of digestion.
- Upon waking, drink a glass of room temperature water with fresh lemon. This will let the digestive system know that it’s time to start another kickass day.
- Eat according to seasons.
- Avoid drinking ice beverages with meals. The ice signals to your brain to warm the body up instead of focusing on digesting.
- Spend time resting after your meals. Lie on your left side, slow walking, or reading.
- And lastly, some wise words from my sister – Enjoy your food!