Written by John Immel,
Routine & DigestionThe system of the body most affected by poor routine is digestion. I had a client with a catastrophic digestive disorder. She really wanted to go to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. After strongly suggesting she skip the festival to take care of her body, I finally relented and offered her several tips to stay healthy while traveling.
In our next session two weeks later she explained how great she felt during the entire trip. However, she explained, on the way home they had missed lunch and ate junk food instead. The next morning her tooth was infected, and after several days she lost the tooth. The trouble with a poor routine is that it sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Road trips are especially hard on your body.
Mind vs. BodyMany modern people find routine boring and restrictive. Boredom itself is usually a sign that your mind has hijacked the rest of your body. People who live out of their minds naturally crave unlimited choices and opportunity. The mind loves freedom however much it destabilizes the body. Your body loves stability and craves routine, even when your mind doesn't.
Routine & Your BloodYour body rations blood according to the daily biorhythms of nature. For example, your body gives blood and attention to the stomach at breakfast time, lunch time, and dinner time. If you eat your meals outside of these times your digestion may suffer, as your body's rhythms are off-sync with your choices. It may be like a dance that's not quite working. Like it or not, your body has the last word. You have to understand the routine of your body to synchronize with it.
The Foundation of a Good Routine: Meals & BedtimeThe cardinal features of a good routine are meals and bedtimes. If you eat your meals on time and go to bed on time, you'll have a happy body even if the rest of your day leans towards topsy-turvy. The best time for meals are as follows: breakfast at 8:00 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m., and dinner at 5:30 p.m. You can set your routine an hour earlier or later than these times, however, you must stick to your chosen routine.
You should be in bed by 10:00 p.m. and leave bed by 7:00 a.m. Some people stay awake past 10:00 p.m. and get a second wind. However, the second wind is actually borrowed energy that your body needs to cleanse the organs. If the eyes are open, your mind will steal the second wind and you will lose an entire day of organ restoration. Over time, this leads to deteriorated health. Going to bed early is a simple way to add years and vitality to your life.
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About the AuthorJohn 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. 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.