“What you eat becomes your mind. As is the food, so is your mind.” Ayurvedic proverb as stated in The Prime by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary. The next time your lunch hour rolls around, keep the following Ayurvedic tips in mind:
Eat your main meal of the day at lunch. This might sound different, but try it out! When the sun is highest in the sky, your Agni (digestive fire) is working at maximum strength. As the sun goes down, so does your Agni. To burn your main meal of the day, eat when your digestive fire is strongest, at lunchtime. Nourish with food. According to Ayurveda, fresh, pure (not processed), cooked foods full of prana, or life force, are more bioavailable for our bodies. Well-cooked foods are easier to digest and assimilate. When possible, avoid eating lunch on the go, especially “fast” food, and favor prana-filled foods. This may require planning ahead and packing a lunch the night before, or in the morning before going to work.
Mindful eating. Often, our lunch hours are filled with more than just eating, and we stand, walk, or drive our way through our meals. But to absorb nutrients from the food we eat, our bodies need a settled environment to enjoy and digest our lunch. When eating, bring awareness to the taste and source of your food, free from your to-do list, computer and cell phone. Digestion starts in your mouth, and when you take the time to eat properly, chewing and tasting your food, “well begun is half done.”
Stimulate digestion. If you feel fatigued after eating or have weak digestion, peel and slice one-inch pieces of fresh ginger and keep them in the office fridge. Chew on a piece before or after meals. If these ingredients are not handy, steep an organic ginger tea bag — sip and feel the difference.
Drink warm water throughout the day. When you’re hydrated, it’s easier for food to pass through the digestive system. Try switching to room-temperature water, or mix the hot and cold water from the office water dispenser. Stock your bag with your favorite teas to enjoy throughout the day.