449. How to eat?

First of all, we should enjoy eating. It is not just a duty to eat.  There are six types of tastes viz., Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent and Astringent. According to Ayurveda, the sense of taste is a natural guidemap towards proper nutrition.  We have to add all the six types of taste foods in day to day life.

We should not swallow the food. While we eat, we should close our mouth so that air should not enter while eating the food. When we eat food, our full concentration should be on food only.  We should  not drink water before or while eating the food.  We should not watch  TV or read books, while eating. It is better to sit on the floor and eat.  We should not eat more or less food, than we need.

When we feel hungry, then only we should eat.  We should not skip eating. We should take a balanced diet.  We should eat   fewer unhealthy fats and empty calories.  Also, we should eat  more nutrient rich foods. In our food, there should be  a diet of 30% vegetables, 20% fruit, 20% carbohydrates, 20% protein and 10% dairy products.

It is a good idea to drink water, juices, smoothies, teas, and the such. However, soda, cola, and drinks that look like they are made in a lab should definitely be avoided. Alcohol needs to be limited. If your diet is good enough and sufficient in calories and carbohydrates, you’ll be full and happy.  Combine this with accountability, check-ins, and a workout program.

 

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