We heard many times that ‘How and What we eat affects us’ and that’s actually true, the things we consume will directly affect our health not only at the physical level but also at the mental level and we all witnessed this. To stay healthy, we try a lot, but due to our busy and hectic schedules, we are unable to focus on our diet.
This is our major lacuna and gives a chance to develop health issues. We must know about the well-balanced diet and about the type of food which we should consume.
How to Eat Healthy?
Let’s go through the basics regarding diet, if you want to be healthy.
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
Eat a balanced diet that contains all the 6 Rasa’s (Taste) mentioned as per Ayurvedic classics. They are – Madhura (Sweet), Amla (Sour), Lavan (Salt), Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent) and Kashaya (Astringent). Excessive use of any one type of taste will lead to various problems and their proper intake will keep you healthy.
[Also Read: Ayurvedic Diet Plan ]
As per Ayurveda, there are different Prakruti’s means everybody has his own body constitution, which makes them different or unique from everyone. But we can categorize everyone in the three categories depending upon the predominance of Dosha, such as Vataj Prakruti, Pittaj Prakruti, and Kaphaj Prakruti(1).
So, there are some guidelines to be followed and to be avoided in such conditions to maintain optimal levels of doshas in the body.
For Example, in the case of Vataj Prakruti, you should consume the foods which are slimy, unctuous, heavy, hot in potency, Madhura (Sweet), Amla (Sour), Lavana (Salt), etc. foods. But reduce the use of Dry, Cold, Light, Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent), and Kashaya (Astringent) foods.
In the case of Pitta Prakruti, you should consume foods that are Cold, Dry, Madhura (Sweet), Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent). But reduce the use of Hot, Spicy, Amla (Sour), Lavan (Salt), and Katu (Pungent) foods.
In Kapha Prakruti, you should consume hot, dry, light, Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent) Kashaya (Astringent) foods. But reduce the use of Dry, Cold, Madhura (Sweet), Amla (Sour), and Lavana (Salt) foods.
3. Drink and Drink
Here, we are talking about Water, It’s really an utmost requirement of the body to fill it with fluids or stay hydrated to gear up the processes inside the body.
[Also Read: Best & Worst Times of Drinking Water]
4. Go Green and Go Vegan
Everybody is well aware of these two slogans here. Go Green is not only related to the environment or for the betterment of Planet, but it suits our internal environment too. Try to eat more greens or green vegetables regularly. They are enriched with antioxidants and various essential nutrients, which will help to stay healthy.
They can enhance your digestion power and keep our internal machinery active and clean. On the contrary, Go Vegan also emphasizes the same add the foods which are available from plants. And also, add sufficient fruits in your diet as they are enriched with antioxidants and help to save us from free radical damage.
5. Choose All The Pockets Of Eatables
Add adequate amounts of Macronutrients such as Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats as well as Micronutrients such as Vitamins and Minerals. These all are essential in all the age groups, but the requirement varies. So, don’t skip anything as per age, only the thing you need to do is limit the intake.
6. Stay Healthy
As per Ayurveda to stay healthy You must follow the guidelines given under Aahar Vidhi Vishesha Ayatna’s which explains the following things –
- Prakruti – Eat as per Your prakruti, which is explained above.
- Karana – It explains that the food should be prepared properly, it should not be overcooked or undercooked.
- Rashi – Proper quantity of the substance should be taken.
- Samyoga – Proper foods should be combined; improper combinations should be avoided.
- Desha – As per the region, you should consume food.
- Kala – Foods should be used as per season; that’s why we always emphasize seasonal foods.
- Upyoga Samstha – The guidelines related to dietetics are given.
- Upyokta – The guidelines given to the person how to take.
If you follow the above-mentioned guidelines, it will definitely help to maintain your health and disease-free life.
7. When T0 Eat
When to eat is also equally important as to what to eat. Thus, always eat after the digestion of the previous meal. Here, a quote goes well – EAT TO LIVE, NOT LIVE TO EAT. So, before overeating, keep this thing in your mind. Try to eat with the presence of mind and with full concentration.
8. Avoid Food
Yes, sometimes no to food is a great opportunity to improve your health. Here it means you should do fasting once a while, or those who can’t stay empty stomach can do intermittent fasting. It will give a small nap to your digestive system that will curb the toxins and improve your digestive fire.
[Read More: Foods To Avoid With Upset Stomach ]
9. Give place to healthy supplements
Despite healthy eating, sometimes our body needs some extra supplements. In that case, you must add on healthy supplements as per the needs such as Indian gooseberry, Wheatgrass, Moringa, Shilajit, Ashwagandha, Aloevera, Giloy, etc.
10. Make some things Part and Parcel of your life
Things like yoga, meditation, and exercises will help to add on grace in your health like “Cherry on Top”.
As per Ayurveda, all the above-mentioned things come under Satvik Aahar, which doesn’t contain any non-vegetarian diet. So, always try to make a habit of going Vegan instead of Nonvegetarian diet.
But there are some people who are totally non –vegetarians, so, for them, it’s an advice to try to add veggies in your plan and reduce the intake of non-vegetarian diet unless or until it’s a requirement of the body due to any health condition.
Importance of a healthy and balanced diet is very simple – A healthy diet is considered as Half Treatment for the Health.
In the end, we just want to convey that all these things will improve your health and add years to Your life.
“You Must Think For Your Health Before You Eat”
About The Author:
Dr. Vikram Chauhan – MD (Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda and Krishna Herbal Company. He is an author of Book – God’s Manual For Healing. He is an expert Ayurveda consultant from Chandigarh and practicing in Mohali, India.