Written by John Immel,
Breakfast is the spiritual meal. Lunch is the joyful meal. Dinner is the gentle mealGenerally, eat breakfast at 8am, lunch at noon, and dinner at 5pm. Try to eat within an hour of these times. If you miss a meal, or have to eat off schedule, eat light, easy to digest foods so that you will be hungry on time for the next meal. Here are some tips for healthy snacking.
The morning is the best time for prayer and spiritual practice. An austere meal complements developing spiritual awareness. Vata people should include simple proteins such as 10 almonds with their breakfast. Eat the biggest meal of the day at lunchtime when agni is strongest. Finally, by 3pm our organs are as tired as we feel after a long day's work. Dinner should include gentle foods only. Kapha should never eat heavy foods after sunset. Generally, eat early enough to ensure food will completely digest before sleep. Baby the digestive tract after 8pm. Overnight, undigested food becomes stagnant blood provoking Kapha and mucous.
Late Night MealsAs the night wanes, dinner should be simpler and simpler according to the following:
Do Not Eat Until at Least Two Hours After a MealThe stomach processes food for approximately two hours while slowly releasing it into the duodenum. Wait until the stomach is empty before eating or snacking. Avoid water after meals. Sipping water slowly is okay.
Preparing the Stomach and Taste BudsBitter, pungent, salty and sour tastes help kick start digestion. Bitter neem or dandelion stimualtes peristalsis. While Europe stimulates digestion with alcoholic aperitifs, Ayurveda recommends lime for sour taste. A ginger, lime, salt appetizer refreshes the taste buds, stimulates saliva, and brings blood flow to the digestive tract.
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When I wake up in the morning I cook all three meals at the same time. First, I start a soup. Next, I start a pot of rice. Next, I cook my oatmeal or fry an egg for breakfast. The rest of my day is kitchen free. This method of cooking is fast, easy, and healthy.
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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. 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.
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I am a habitual late night snacker. I eat small meals through the day and find I need something around 9 or 10pm. I've been eating yogurt and often I have mucous in the am. I'm going to witch to fruit (if I need something) from now on. Thanks.
What would be the latest allowable time for a cup of goat milk? Thank you.
It depends on the person, but generally speaking, 8pm ideally - about 2 hours before going to bed.
Hi there, how long after eating a meal can one drink water to not affect digestion (ex. 500 ml water)?Thanks!
Ideally wait about an hour to drink water after meals.