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FREQUENT LEFTOVERS

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AYURVEDA PERSPECTIVE ON FREQUENT LEFTOVERS

A Fresh Look At Leftovers

It's undeniable - fresh food has a "je ne sais quoi" about it - something special even if you can't detect the difference in a lab. There's something bright, juicy and colorful about fresh food. Classical Ayurveda recommends against eating leftovers, for several reasons. But is leftover food really as bad as Ayurveda claims? There were no refrigerators in ancient India when the Ayurvedic rules were written. Does this rule still apply in modern times? Should you take a fresh look at leftovers?

The majority of people eat leftovers to save time and money. According to an OECD study in 2011, Americans spend only 30 minutes a day on average cooking, thanks to leftovers, the microwave, take out chinese, and pizza delivery.

So what are the pros and cons of eating leftovers? In some cases, leftovers may be healthier than the alternatives. Don't have time to cook lunch on busy office days? Bagging last night's dinner can mean the difference between enjoying a healthy meal versus a mad dash to a nearby fast food chain. Some of my clients are so adamant about following 'no leftovers' rule of Ayurveda that they end up binging on ice-cream rather than day-old veggies. Clearly, eating leftovers is better than fast food and binging on ice-cream. While we can't always make the perfect choices in life, we can strive to make the best ones. At times life is a great balancing act.

Nutritional Value of Leftovers

Let's take a look at some of the costs of leftovers. The fact remains that the longer food sits, whether raw or cooked, the less nutritional value it has. Here we should draw a distinction between the medicinal value or a food and the nutritional value. The medicinal value of food evaporates very quickly with the essential oils and breakdown of other unique phytochemicals. The nutritional value, on the other hand, often degrades more slowly.

The nutritional value in cooked food degrades faster than raw, as in the experiments above. Whether lettuce or potato, your food is often still alive until it is chopped or cooked, even after it has been picked. These foods, while living, are still nutrient dense. Once cooked, your food is definitively dead. As cells decompose so do nutrients and phytochemicals. Enzymes within the cells themselves may auto-digest many of the nutrients.

Exposure to heat, oxygen, light, and many other factors further reduces nutritional value of food. Cooked food that sits in the fridge for several days may have very little nutritional value left in it. Reheating food causes further nutritional degradation. For example, vitamin C and all the B vitamins are very heat sensitive.

Digestibility of Leftovers

Some of my Vata clients with weak digestion simply cannot digest leftover food without stomach upset. Overnight, much of the starch in leftover food like pasta, potato, and rice turns into an indigestible starch called resistant starch. Resistant starch is more like fiber than food. These indigestible fibers lead to gas and bloating for Vata individuals.

Resistant starch isn't all bad. Overweight individuals will be pleased to know that leftover pasta, potato and rice has significantly fewer calories and higher fiber than freshly cooked starches as a result of its indigestibility. These individuals may benefit from leftover carbohydrates, i.e. cook your rice a day in advance if you're trying to lose weight.

Meat proteins, on the other, start to break down when left to sit, rendering the meat easier to digest. Therefore, Vata individuals may benefit from leftover meats. Note that meats generally offer few micronutrients, and total protein content remains relatively the same a day later so there are few drawbacks to leftover meat. Take caution as older meats are much more likely to be rancid.

Are Leftovers Toxic?

Ayurveda believes leftover foods contain ama, which basically means toxicity in Ayurveda. The longer leftovers sit, the more toxic they become due to fermentation by bacteria. Cooked foods turns rancid especially quickly. So, between indigestibility and toxicity, eating leftovers can turn an otherwise healthy bowel into a fermenting cauldron of rotten food.

The following guidelines will ensure your food is safe to eat:

  • Chill the foods below 40 degrees quickly. Quickly means within two hours on a normal day, and within one hour for a hot summer day. Note: Do not put hot food in the refrigerator because it will heat up the fridge and cause neighboring food to spoil. Instead, put it in an ice-bath in the sink until chilled. Then place in the refrigerator.
  • Store leftover food in shallow containers (less than 3"). Deep, wide containers (such as a soup pot) do not cool down fast enough. It may take too long for food in the center of the pot to cool down, and this food may spoil. Do not stack leftover food containers on top of each other for the same reason. Make sure there is plenty of room for cold air to circulate in the refrigerator. Do not put leftovers on the fridge door because the temperature fluctuation is too high there.
  • For better retention of taste and moisture content, as well as reduction of fridge odors distorting taste of your food, always cover leftovers with a lid in the fridge.
  • Put labels on leftover food so you know how old it is. Do not leave leftovers in the fridge for more than 4 days. Toss any food that appears different in look or smell.
  • Make sure you reheat the food to at least 160 degrees before consumption to kill any bacteria that is growing in the food. Reheat the food quickly to maintain maximum nutrients.
  • If the food looks colorless, lifeless, is growing mold or otherwise needs a haircut, throw it out.

The Value of Freshness?

Probably the biggest reason not to eat leftovers is loss of taste. Taste is important in Ayurveda, because taste is how your body chooses and relates to food. Taste is the medicine of the food. Whether you're eating lots of leftovers, TV dinners, or food that comes from a box instead of a farm, these foods have been sitting for a long time, and have lost a lot of their flavor.

Adults may overlook this change in taste. The taste buds of adults are dull, so they may not even notice. Children have far superior taste buds. Kids know intuitively that something in the food has changed - that's why they don't like leftovers. They complain when they have to eat leftovers.

Just imagine day mushy, day old green beans. Wouldn't you say they are tasteless? How would you compare stale bread to freshly baked? Wouldn't it lack aroma? Try the following experiment: Take two sprigs of mint. Cut up one sprig of mint and put it in a bowl. A day later, cut up the other sprig and place in a second bowl. Smell the mint from each bowl. The smell of the newly cut mint will be fresh, vibrant, and alive. The day old mint may hardly smell at all, even though both sprigs are the same age. Try to same experiment with a sweet potato. Cut it in half and cook one half. The next day cook the other half. Smell each half. These experiments illustrate the remarkable difference between freshly cut or cooked food and leftovers.

The aroma and unique flavor in food comes from the essential oils. Along with the flavor, much of the medicinal value of food is contained in the essential oils. These essential oils rapidly evaporate from food as it sits. Therefore as food sits, the fresh flavor and medicinal value evaporate, even if the nutrients do not. Moisture also evaporates from food as it sits. Despite dryness, leftover food may also be soggy.

In Ayurveda, like increases like. Stale foods make you feel stale, while fresh foods restore vibrancy to your step. Food that lacks taste causes you to eat more because it all tastes like cardboard, and fails to satisfy you.

Leftover food is yesterday's news - a day late and a dollar short. Just because your body was craving red meat yesterday doesn't mean you have a red meat deficiency today. Your body may have a new deficiency. It's better to be in the moment with food, instead of one day behind.

How to Save Time and and Stay Vibrant

Now let's talk about some solutions. One way to avoid leftovers is by using a crockpot. Start your crock pot the night before, so your food is ready to take to work the next morning. Simply toss in some veggies, vegetable oil, salt and your favorite protein. In the morning, remove from heat and toss in your favorite spices. Bring a garnish of plain yogurt, fresh herbs and nuts to complement your afternoon crock pot meal.

For a quick meal that night, start by steaming some frozen veggies. Frozen vegetables often have more nutrients than produce left to decay on the shelves. Organic frozen corn, peas and other veggies are non-GMO and easy to cook quickly. Pre-boil 3-4 eggs so you have a reliable protein source, sautee chicken breast, or crack open a can of organic, canned beans.

Drizzle the ensemble with olive oil, garnish with fresh herbs, and sprinkle on some chopped nuts. Buy or pre-make sauces and dressings to have on hand to add to your pre-cut steamed veggies and rice. Sauces, fresh herbs and nuts make it easier for you to create something enjoyable on the fly with a variety of tastes and textures. Whip up a salad, toss in nuts and fresh herbs. This is a great way to get a fresh lively dinner every night.

As a final option, you can always toss a sweet potato in the oven and bake it. For a side, try steamed greens with tahini dressing. Put miso in a warm water for a quick miso soup, so you don't have to think too hard after a long day.

Note: However tempting to throw in some fresh food to liven up leftovers, Ayurveda recommends against mixing new food with old.

Conclusion

Leftovers are healthier than fast food, ice-cream, vending machines, and most processed food. Leftover carbohydrates may have fewer calories, while leftover meats are easy to digest. However, there are some important drawbacks to leftovers as well, including loss of taste, nutrients, indigestibility, and potential for toxicity. For practitioners, the following table summarizes the properties of leftover foods from an Ayurvedic point of view:
TastesDeficient in all 6 tastes
QualitiesDull, dry, rough, hard, gross, cloudy
Maha-gunasTamasic
ElementsAir - Gas & bloating, toxicity
AgniAmagenic, Hard to digest, bhutagni affected
DoshasVata
Subdoshas
  • Bodhaka - Taste
  • Samana / Apana - Gas / Bloating
  • Bhrajaka - Ama
  • Ranjaka - Detoxification
Srotamsi
  • Prana - Less life force
  • Anna / Mala - Gas / bloating
  • Ambu / Mutra / Sveda - Kidney toxicity
  • Majja - Toxicity
Deficient in
  • Prana - Less life force
  • Tejas - Cellular intelligence depleted

Further Questions

  • What types of food retain nutritional value longest?
  • Why does Ayurveda avoid mixing fresh food with leftovers?
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DIET FOR IMBALANCES RELATED TO 'FREQUENT LEFTOVERS'

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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

Balance Your Body with Diet, Herbs, & Lifestyles Having These Biocharacteristics

Everything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using biocharacteristics (gunas). Biocharacteristics are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Frequent Leftovers', you should select foods with the following biocharacteristics. Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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FREQUENT LEFTOVERS IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSE

Potential causes increase and disturb your imbalanced doshas and biocharacteristics, causing them to accumulate and spiral out of control. For example, if you're overheated and eat a chili pepper, heat may become excessive and cause disease. As a dosha or biocharacteristic accumulates in your body according to your dietary and lifestyle habits, it is more and more likely to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic in two ways, by removing, or lessening the frequency of aggravating causes from your diet and lifestyle, as well as by favoring balancing diet and lifestyle practices. For example, try eating something as cool as a cucumber when you're overheated, instead of a chili pepper.

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AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & BIOCHARACTERISTICS

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

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and biocharacteristics are likely to accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and biocharacteristics accumulate too much, they will begin to cause imbalance. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.
BIOCHARACTERISTICFOODS TO AVOIDDO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?
VATA
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DIFFICULT

ABOUT DIFFICULT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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TOXIC

ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC

A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.

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SEE A DIET WHICH REMOVES THESE BIOCHARACTERISTICS

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RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Frequent Leftovers'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.

Biocharacteristics of 14,905 People Reporting Frequent Leftovers

On average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Frequent Leftovers were less aggravated than 83% of other symptoms. From the 14,905 people who reported Frequent Leftovers in this research study of 74,671 individuals, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:

BIOCHARACTERISTIC

AVG CLIENT LEVEL %

%CASES (#)

#IMBALANCE

Oily
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65.5%
24.4% (3,634)
9,587 have Oily constitution
Kapha
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61.0%
31.6% (4,706)
12,745 have Kapha constitution
Sweet
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57.9%
25.3% (3,770)
9,650 have Sweet constitution
Salty
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57.9%
20.7% (3,090)
7,179 have Salty constitution
Dry Sign
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54.8%
22.4% (3,344)
9,009 have Dry constitution
Heavy
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54.4%
26.1% (3,896)
9,738 have Heavy constitution
Light
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54.0%
22.3% (3,330)
9,391 have Light constitution
Astringent
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53.2%
19.3% (2,871)
8,068 have Astringent constitution
Difficult Sign
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49.2%
25.2% (3,761)
8,532 have Difficult constitution
Bitter
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46.4%
20.4% (3,043)
8,626 have Bitter constitution
Sour
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45.6%
20.6% (3,064)
7,528 have Sour constitution
Hot
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42.9%
19.8% (2,953)
7,949 have Hot constitution
Cold
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42.9%
20.9% (3,114)
8,107 have Cold constitution
Gooey
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39.0%
18.0% (2,678)
7,069 have Gooey constitution
Causes Toxic
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35.9%
21.5% (3,210)
7,099 have Toxic constitution
Causes Vata
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35.2%
28.7% (4,272)
11,554 have Vata constitution
Pungent
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33.4%
17.5% (2,605)
6,802 have Pungent constitution
Pitta
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32.3%
27.2% (4,057)
10,540 have Pitta constitution

Risk Factors of Frequent Leftovers

Below you will see general risk factors as well as the greatest risk factors, i.e. those who were also more likely to report Frequent Leftovers. Overall, 35.49% of people surveyed in this research study reported Frequent Leftovers.

SYMPTOM (Cases)

Cases With Both

% Reporting This

Increase from 35.49%

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Feel underweight (2358)
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845
35.8%
insignificant difference
Feel overweight (25362)
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9952
39.2%
10% more often
Hyperactive, quick (19615)
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3951
20.1%
40% less often
Fatigue / tired (16721)
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6742
40.3%
10% more often
Male (1336)
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413
30.9%
10% less often
Female (26227)
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9983
38.1%
10% more often
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Canned/frozen food (13186)
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6812
51.7%
50% more often
Use microwave (3857)
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1932
50.1%
40% more often
Burritos (8001)
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3992
49.9%
40% more often
Burgers/Hot Dogs (8841)
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4327
48.9%
40% more often
Refined flours (10936)
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5219
47.7%
30% more often
Scabies (211)
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100
47.4%
30% more often
Eating after midnight (3846)
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1802
46.9%
30% more often
Food Poisoning (1032)
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480
46.5%
30% more often
Soda / corn syrup (5096)
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2361
46.3%
30% more often
Change Difficult (5579)
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2578
46.2%
30% more often
Spending all day in the kitchen (3076)
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1415
46%
30% more often
Indiscriminate eating (3113)
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1426
45.8%
30% more often
Gastric bypass surgery (437)
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200
45.8%
30% more often
Candy (7492)
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3424
45.7%
30% more often
Dessert after meals (11160)
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5092
45.6%
30% more often
Refined sugar (13447)
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6112
45.5%
30% more often
Frequent Nose Bleeds (1500)
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683
45.5%
30% more often
Pizza (15366)
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6969
45.4%
30% more often
Flat rash (526)
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239
45.4%
30% more often
Sandwiches (13526)
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6115
45.2%
30% more often
Rebel against food limitations (3798)
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1718
45.2%
30% more often
Eating while driving/TV/hurrying (15540)
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7004
45.1%
30% more often
Fatty fried food (11744)
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5287
45%
30% more often
Can't afford to buy food (1909)
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860
45%
30% more often
Abdominal pain relieved by eating (1562)
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701
44.9%
30% more often
Iced/cold drinks (14492)
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6505
44.9%
30% more often
Brown sclera (white part of eyes) (176)
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79
44.9%
30% more often
Red meat (14935)
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6705
44.9%
30% more often
At odds with church / religion (3636)
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1632
44.9%
30% more often
Food is a necessary distraction (5753)
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2581
44.9%
30% more often
Poor discernment of temperature (1393)
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624
44.8%
30% more often
Hunched / Rounded shoulders / Excessive upper back curve (4193)
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1880
44.8%
30% more often
Pain relieved by doubling over (2537)
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1134
44.7%
30% more often
Fast food 2+ times / week (6974)
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3114
44.7%
30% more often
Meat every day (16723)
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7472
44.7%
30% more often
Snot / dried mucus (6731)
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3007
44.7%
30% more often
Skin problems in lips (2842)
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1270
44.7%
30% more often
Chronic Peeling Skin (1173)
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524
44.7%
30% more often
Tense chest (3234)
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1445
44.7%
30% more often
Swallowing mucus (6324)
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2823
44.6%
30% more often
Recent broken bone (182)
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81
44.5%
30% more often
Frequent snacking (16139)
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7172
44.4%
30% more often
Laryngitis (906)
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402
44.4%
30% more often
Stole food or money to buy food (1041)
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462
44.4%
30% more often
At odds with local community (1665)
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738
44.3%
20% more often
Old food in fridge (7819)
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3460
44.3%
20% more often
Venereal Disease (781)
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345
44.2%
20% more often
Chronic cough (1911)
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845
44.2%
20% more often
Eat when abdomen painful (2767)
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1222
44.2%
20% more often
Guarding area of pain (886)
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391
44.1%
20% more often
Urinary incontinence (3117)
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1374
44.1%
20% more often
Often dirty dishes in sink (10581)
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4668
44.1%
20% more often
Mold in house (2546)
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1121
44%
20% more often
Tickle in nose (3451)
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1519
44%
20% more often
Eating without realizing it (4049)
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1780
44%
20% more often
Frequent Hiccup (2477)
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1087
43.9%
20% more often
Calluses (5116)
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2247
43.9%
20% more often
Sleep Apnea (2359)
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1035
43.9%
20% more often
Pain sudden onset (3992)
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1747
43.8%
20% more often
Raised & bumpy rash (1605)
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703
43.8%
20% more often
Strep Throat (1657)
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725
43.8%
20% more often
Pale menstrual blood (461)
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202
43.8%
20% more often
Burning sense of shame (3769)
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1651
43.8%
20% more often
Eat out when traveling (17347)
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7592
43.8%
20% more often
House dark (3837)
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1680
43.8%
20% more often
Croup (176)
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77
43.8%
20% more often
Overeat more than 2x/week (8274)
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3627
43.8%
20% more often
Hirsutism / Female Facial Hair on Chin (1304)
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570
43.7%
20% more often
Pain middle back (5054)
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2209
43.7%
20% more often
Difficulty expectorating (1399)
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610
43.6%
20% more often
Large amounts of mucus (2491)
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1086
43.6%
20% more often
Skin problems on ears (1503)
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656
43.6%
20% more often
Defensive (225)
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98
43.6%
20% more often
Yellow mucus (3355)
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1461
43.5%
20% more often
Blood or pus in mucus (462)
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201
43.5%
20% more often
Oppressed / disempowered (3669)
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1596
43.5%
20% more often
Dislocated shoulder / ribs / etc (1069)
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465
43.5%
20% more often
Pain upper back (6439)
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2801
43.5%
20% more often
Scaly / flaky skin (4627)
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2008
43.4%
20% more often
Manic / giddy (2385)
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1036
43.4%
20% more often
Wrist Pain (6041)
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2623
43.4%
20% more often
Swollen joints (2624)
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1140
43.4%
20% more often
Overeat because of spouse / kids (2718)
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1180
43.4%
20% more often
Tonsil Stones (2415)
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1049
43.4%
20% more often
Cold aggravates joint pain (5644)
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2444
43.3%
20% more often
Cracked skin / fissures (2335)
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1010
43.3%
20% more often
Joint pain after eating (712)
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308
43.3%
20% more often
Tooth ache (2997)
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1299
43.3%
20% more often
Tight clothing / belts (3919)
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1698
43.3%
20% more often
Nerve Damage (293)
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127
43.3%
20% more often
Less than 1 hr a week on spiritual life (9368)
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4056
43.3%
20% more often
Peanuts (12504)
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5404
43.2%
20% more often
Sinus pain around eyes (7066)
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3056
43.2%
20% more often
Skin problems upper arms (4678)
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2019
43.2%
20% more often
Bluish nail-beds (2239)
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967
43.2%
20% more often

Complications of Those Reporting Frequent Leftovers

In this research study, people who report Frequent Leftovers were likely to report the following:

REPORTS

CASES WITH BOTH

INCREASE

%

NORMALLY

Slow, heavy digestion
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6121
+1.8 times
41%
22.89% (21,898 cases)
Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting)
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520
+1.7 times
3%
1.74% (1,259 cases)
Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
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5589
+1.7 times
37%
21.59% (13,471 cases)
Abdominal surgery
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531
+1.6 times
4%
2.47% (1,336 cases)
Canned/frozen food
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6812
+1.5 times
46%
30.1% (13,186 cases)
Restricting Food Intake
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6080
+1.5 times
41%
28.12% (15,613 cases)
Artificial sweeteners
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3589
+1.4 times
24%
17.04% (8,589 cases)
Burgers/Hot Dogs
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4327
+1.4 times
29%
20.98% (8,841 cases)
Burritos
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3992
+1.4 times
27%
19.55% (8,001 cases)
Fatty fried food
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5287
+1.4 times
35%
25.49% (11,744 cases)
Refined flours
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5219
+1.4 times
35%
25.79% (10,936 cases)
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Exercising as punishment
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901
+1.4 times
6%
4.43% (2,175 cases)
Exercise aggravates symptoms
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2203
+1.4 times
15%
11.1% (5,106 cases)
Long workday
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5825
+1.3 times
39%
28.99% (22,260 cases)
Strong hunger
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7811
+1.3 times
52%
39.61% (31,540 cases)
Soda / corn syrup
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2361
+1.3 times
16%
12.21% (5,096 cases)
Flat rash
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239
+1.3 times
2%
1.53% (526 cases)
Eating after midnight
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1802
+1.3 times
12%
9.2% (3,846 cases)
Conflict makes me restless
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10207
+1.3 times
68%
52.33% (43,701 cases)
Poor diet
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4831
+1.3 times
32%
24.63% (11,384 cases)
Pain relieved by doubling over
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1134
+1.3 times
8%
6.2% (2,537 cases)
Overwhelmed by responsibilities
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7849
+1.3 times
53%
41.32% (19,304 cases)
Exercising after eating too much
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1020
+1.3 times
7%
5.47% (2,548 cases)
Dessert after meals
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5092
+1.3 times
34%
26.89% (11,160 cases)
Pizza
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6969
+1.3 times
47%
37.22% (15,366 cases)
Refined sugar
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6112
+1.3 times
41%
32.5% (13,447 cases)
Guarding area of pain
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391
+1.3 times
3%
2.38% (886 cases)
Tonsil Stones
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1049
+1.3 times
7%
5.58% (2,415 cases)
Gas, irregular digestion
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10896
+1.3 times
73%
58.32% (47,247 cases)
Sandwiches
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6115
+1.3 times
41%
32.78% (13,526 cases)
Iced/cold drinks
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6505
+1.3 times
44%
35.19% (14,492 cases)
Candy
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3424
+1.2 times
23%
18.5% (7,492 cases)
Fast food 2+ times / week
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3114
+1.2 times
21%
16.96% (6,974 cases)
Currently/recently on a diet
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4451
+1.2 times
30%
24.25% (11,960 cases)
Gain weight easily
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8039
+1.2 times
54%
43.99% (35,031 cases)
Irregular/small appetite
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4323
+1.2 times
29%
23.81% (20,509 cases)
Insomnia
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5448
+1.2 times
37%
30.39% (13,627 cases)
Burping relieves stomach pain
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1425
+1.2 times
10%
8.22% (3,413 cases)
Hirsutism / Female Facial Hair on Chin
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570
+1.2 times
4%
3.29% (1,304 cases)
Red meat
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6705
+1.2 times
45%
37.07% (14,935 cases)
Pain sudden onset
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1747
+1.2 times
12%
9.9% (3,992 cases)
Low fiber diet
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1921
+1.2 times
13%
10.73% (4,548 cases)
Short bursts of energy
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7619
+1.2 times
51%
42.15% (34,156 cases)
Eating while driving/TV/hurrying
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7004
+1.2 times
47%
38.85% (15,540 cases)
Frequent Nose Bleeds
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683
+1.2 times
5%
4.14% (1,500 cases)
Intense emotions
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9317
+1.2 times
63%
52.25% (42,048 cases)
Jaundice
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225
+1.2 times
2%
1.66% (568 cases)
Financially unstable
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5518
+1.2 times
37%
30.79% (13,604 cases)
Exercising without eating
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2999
+1.2 times
20%
16.67% (7,501 cases)
Abdominal pain relieved by eating
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701
+1.2 times
5%
4.17% (1,562 cases)
Food is a necessary distraction
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2581
+1.2 times
17%
14.21% (5,753 cases)
Compulsive exercising
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695
+1.2 times
5%
4.18% (1,909 cases)
Anxiety, fear, uncertainty
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10387
+1.2 times
70%
58.66% (47,291 cases)
Friends are work related, change with job
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5141
+1.2 times
34%
28.54% (22,284 cases)
Meat every day
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7472
+1.2 times
50%
41.98% (16,723 cases)
Blisters
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255
+1.2 times
2%
1.68% (609 cases)
Skin growths - other
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261
+1.2 times
2%
1.68% (619 cases)
Tooth ache
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1299
+1.2 times
9%
7.57% (2,997 cases)
Unemployed / underemployed
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2996
+1.2 times
20%
16.88% (7,576 cases)
Intermittent abdominal pain
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2948
+1.2 times
20%
16.93% (6,963 cases)
Frequent snacking
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7172
+1.2 times
48%
40.79% (16,139 cases)
Skin Infection
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237
+1.2 times
2%
1.7% (608 cases)
Sour cravings
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1582
+1.2 times
11%
9.36% (3,705 cases)
Sore eye muscles
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1000
+1.2 times
7%
5.97% (2,328 cases)
Tense muscles when stressed
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3722
+1.2 times
25%
21.33% (9,005 cases)
Nut allergy
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387
+1.2 times
3%
2.56% (960 cases)
Pain lower back
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7804
+1.2 times
52%
44.53% (19,881 cases)
Feel stuck
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5164
+1.2 times
35%
29.98% (12,640 cases)
Lack of exercise
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9719
+1.2 times
65%
55.76% (24,585 cases)
Skip meals more than 2x/week
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6217
+1.2 times
42%
36.1% (15,623 cases)
Impacted Fecal Matter
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531
+1.2 times
4%
3.44% (1,293 cases)
Swollen lymph nodes - hips
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375
+1.2 times
3%
2.58% (899 cases)
Irregular sleep schedule
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7499
+1.2 times
50%
43.08% (18,870 cases)
Wheat
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7137
+1.2 times
48%
41.45% (16,659 cases)
Dry, dark, frizzy hair
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5192
+1.2 times
35%
30.27% (24,799 cases)
Feel overweight
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9952
+1.2 times
67%
57.96% (25,362 cases)
Caring, calm, patient
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6975
+1.2 times
47%
40.69% (32,300 cases)
Unable to exercise due to Injury, disease, breathlessness, etc
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1411
+1.2 times
9%
7.8% (3,400 cases)
Stress affects my digestion
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7957
+1.2 times
53%
45.94% (19,512 cases)
Food is romantic / passionate
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3840
+1.1 times
26%
22.61% (9,067 cases)
Food is comfort
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9818
+1.1 times
66%
57.43% (23,448 cases)
Stocky, round, broad or large
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4290
+1.1 times
29%
25.26% (19,065 cases)
Sedentary Desk / Computer Job
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6283
+1.1 times
42%
36.59% (15,443 cases)
Water after meals
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6878
+1.1 times
46%
40.08% (16,151 cases)
Underpaid
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3953
+1.1 times
27%
23.53% (9,348 cases)
Frequent Stress
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9755
+1.1 times
65%
56.87% (25,363 cases)
Citrus allergy
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242
+1.1 times
2%
1.75% (670 cases)
Lack of Freedom / Independence
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3197
+1.1 times
21%
18.42% (7,548 cases)
Popping/clicking/locking jaw
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4567
+1.1 times
31%
27.21% (11,281 cases)
Thin skin
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5144
+1.1 times
35%
30.74% (23,090 cases)
Peanuts
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5404
+1.1 times
36%
31.66% (12,504 cases)
Wide, Heavy Hips
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4531
+1.1 times
30%
26.4% (20,459 cases)
Bones brittle / break easily
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227
+1.1 times
2%
1.76% (575 cases)
Exercising when emotional
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2280
+1.1 times
15%
13.22% (5,575 cases)
Feel guilty when skip exercise
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7124
+1.1 times
48%
42.31% (18,003 cases)
Variety in food is fun
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10157
+1.1 times
68%
60% (24,158 cases)
Slow and steady activity
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4812
+1.1 times
32%
28.24% (21,744 cases)
Childcare draining
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2448
+1.1 times
16%
14.12% (5,700 cases)
Workaholic
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2299
+1.1 times
15%
13.24% (5,855 cases)
Poor, spends frivolously
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4938
+1.1 times
33%
29.13% (21,285 cases)
Mood changes quickly
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About John Joseph Immel

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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What are some of the reasons why you include 'frequent leftovers' in your life? Is there something else you'd like to know about 'frequent leftovers'?

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Well this article was disconcerting because with my work, its physical/mental/emotional demands, the hours and how utterly exhausted i often am plus the demands at home as my husband is limited in how much he can do (but his emotional support is priceless), i rely on healthy leftovers to make sure i am not eating out or take-out, not fixing meals with processed foods at home. I just have to have it as easy as it can be to stick with it 75-80% of the time. I guess i am going to have to pick between better of 2 evils.
- Denise Leonard, Lexington, NC , 01-23-16 (Reply)
Raw food is considered difficult to digest - especially for Vata types.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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