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Irregular meal times

Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
Irregular meal times create unstable blood sugar levels which can lead to binging on junk foods. Skipping meals aggravates Vata as well. If occaisonally you must eat off schedule, choose easy to digest, nourishing foods. For example, an almond milk, date & ghee smoothie. Or, cooked carrots, or sweet potato. Or, applesauce.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities will accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.

'Irregular meal times' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and qualities.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of Irregular meal times.

Vata aggravatingDigestive Effects Help

Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Correct Imbalance

Food and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Irregular meal times'.
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Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Irregular meal times

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Irregular meal times.

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Diet for Irregular meal times

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in irregular meal times.
Almond MilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingApple (cooked)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
AvocadoVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingBasmati RiceVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
CarrotVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingCoconut OilVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
GheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingOat MilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Oats / OatmealVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingQuinoaVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Sweet PeasVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingSweet PotatoVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying

Related Symptoms & Habits

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Irregular meal times' See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Frequent travelHome cluttered
Eat out on work daysNo time to cook
Irregular sleep scheduleStaying up late
Rarely cookIrregular/small appetite
Poor diet3+ children
Skip meals more than 2x/weekIrregular schedule / eating times
Eating while driving/TV/hurryingEating after 8pm

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

Comments & Personal Experiences

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I have found, through experimenting, that no matter how many times you eat per day, it is important to be consistent...at least, that rings true for me. I've followed a 5-6 meal/snack routine for years and now that I've tried to change it, while being inconsistent, my appetite has gone haywire. Now, it's difficult for me to establish a routine again, since my body and mind is unsure how many times to eat per day (as far as needing and wanting to) I can feel the effects on my entire endocrine system.

- Jess, Allen park, MI, 11-06-14 (Reply)
Yes, it is very hard to change your routine of eating. This really sounds like a situation we could help you with in a consultation. In the mean time, try having a ginger appetizer about 15-20 minutes before each meal to encourage a strong appetite at the appropriate time. Does this help? http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipe/Ginger-Salt-Lime-Appetizer/993

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