WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU? HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE NEGATIVE EFFECTS?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Indiscriminate eating'?
Eating indiscriminately feels like living in a cloud; you may be unable to think clearly or find some perspective on your appetite, making it nearly impossibly to avoid the temptation to eat haphazardly. Often indiscriminate eating is marked by a strong compulsive urge to eat that feels irresistible and beyond your control. You may not even realize that your hand is buried in the cookie jar or bag of chips until it's too late. The pattern often results from a cloudy kapha-mind and can increase feelings of lethargy, sluggishness, low mood or depression, excess weight, low self-esteem, and poor energy.
You must find a way to awaken the mind from its stupor in order to overcome an indiscriminate or compulsive eating pattern. Bitter herbs are the wake up call for a dull mind, pulling you out of an urge to eat indiscriminately. You might also try splashing cold water on your face, which quickly draws a hungry mind back to the moment. Try celery, it has an inspiring crunch and tends to depress appetite.
Generally following a kapha-pacifying diet which is full of bitter green vegetables and dry, spicy, pungent foods can lighten a dull kapha mind, increase energy, and revitalize the body. Limiting processed food, refined sugars and flours which create fogginess and aggravate kapha is equally important. The best way to avoid addiction triggering foods is by not buying them at the grocery store. Or, at least keeping them out of reach.
Indiscriminate eating is also an opportunity for growth, despite the pain and shame it may carry. Take a moment to examine your relationship with yourself and your relationship with food. When not caught up in the urge to eat, consciously consider the meanings and significance that food holds for you. Do you restrict certain foods from yourself, skip meals, or refuse to eat in front of others, only to find yourself mindlessly gorging later? Is food a source of comfort, a source of fuel, a distraction from boredom or unhappiness, a liberation from pain? Do you believe that your body size restricts your right to eat and nourish yourself fully? Notice your mood and the time of day that you tend to eat indiscriminately and come up with a plan so that you will not be tempted, or how to stop yourself if you are. As with many maladaptive habits and patterns, bringing awareness to your behaviors without judging yourself harshly starts to unravel their power and gives you back control.
Many people who struggle with indiscriminate eating use food as a way to numb uncomfortable emotions. It is a way to "stuff something away." For this reason, cultivating your ability to examine, experience and tolerate discomfort without using food or other distractions can bring greater emotional resilience and help you overcome indiscriminate eating. The more mindful you can be towards your emotions and your eating habits, the more your relationship with food becomes intuitive and instinctive, as opposed to dispassionate and thoughtless. Ayurveda shows you how food is medicinal and teaches you how to truly enjoy your food and remain aware while eating so that you can create health as opposed to degrade it. Remember, your body is your piece of God and your emotions are its messenger. Recognize your intrinsic worth, listen with curiosity, and feel fully so that food can become a source of nourishment instead of a mindless, thoughtless habit.
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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.
WHAT IMBALANCES CAN IT CAUSE?
AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & QUALITIES'Indiscriminate eating' 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 'Indiscriminate eating'.
Imbalance AccumulatesImproper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities are likely to accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause imbalance. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0INDISCRIMINATE EATING IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSE
Potential causes increase and disturb your imbalanced doshas and qualities, 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 quality 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 quality 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.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Indiscriminate eating'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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GET STARTEDTo get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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