Ayurveda is an ancient Sanskrit word that means science of life and is actually a branch of traditional Indian medicine. Using Ayurveda means not only changing the way you eat, but also the way you see yourself and your body. In Ayurveda you do not objectify your body as a “thing”, but realize your body as an energy system that is constantly changing. If you realize that 98% of the atoms in your body are completely replaced in less than a year, you can better understand that nothing is static on your body. If you want it to change, the change is actually easy. What needs to be done is to re-train the body and its cells to think differently and not to react randomly to external stimuli. This ends the so-called self-transfer.
The first step is very simple. When you are hungry, you eat, but when you are not. Although this may seem too simple, the key to overcoming most obesity cases in this practice is. Americans eat more impulsively than any other culture in the world, and that means we eat often when we’re not hungry. We tend to eat because we see food we like, or when we sit down to watch a movie, or when we feel sad or depressed. We have learned to use food as a pacifier, stimulant and hobby. The key is to unlearn this behavior.
If you increase your awareness of actual hunger, including the time you actually eat, you can limit your diet. You should only eat when you feel that your tank is empty, so to speak. To your satisfaction, do not eat to the point where you feel hungry, until you feel uncomfortable and cannot eat another bite. Start a log, preferably in a small notepad, that you can take to work and at home, and record every time you are hungry and if you have only eaten to your satisfaction. Within two weeks, your body will undergo significant retraining to eat only when you are hungry and only to eat. Once that two-week period has passed, you begin to set certain times when you take your meals: a set time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, without any errors. If you do, make lunch your biggest meal with very small breakfasts and dinners.
The next step would be to eat properly for your body type. There are three basic body types in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The Vata body belongs to a person who is very active and fast, has a very thin build, gets cold easily, speaks very quickly and is very talkative, usually has dry skin and has a very light sleep. Pitta properties are very neat, powerful, very incompatible with hot weather, easy to sweat, reddish, sandy or blond hair, persistent, incompatible with spicy foods, very self-critical and critical of others, determined and impatient. The Kapha body is a person who by nature moves slowly, increases slightly and slowly, if at all, decreases, tends to be fat, ironically good at skipping meals without discomfort, developing phlegm, full eight Hours take sleep to feel rested, sleep very deeply, tend to have dark, thick hair, tend to be very loving and understanding, usually go slowly and generally enjoy a steady level of energy. Each type of person has different nutritional needs. Of course, some people share several of these factors equally and therefore have combination bodies. The descriptions given are only general information. For a detailed test, visit online at http://www.ayurvedahc.com/aytest.htm and take the free test to determine your type.
Generally, someone with a Kapha body type has the hardest time losing weight, so we’ll focus on foods that reduce Kapha influence. If you consume milk, switch to low-fat milk instead of whole milk. If you boil the milk before drinking, digestion is made easier. It is best to drink the milk warm, as cold milk increases your kapha. If you decide that you can’t take warm milk, you should all give up milk together. Eat a lot of spicy or bitter food, but avoid salt. Avoid red meat if you eat meat and eat chicken or turkey with white meat, or opt for fish. Beans are also an excellent source of protein when it comes to avoiding or restricting meat consumption. Eat lots of light fruits like pears, apples, cranberries and pomegranates.
If necessary, sweeten your food with honey instead of sugar, as honey Kapha reduces very well. When choosing cereals, barley, corn, buckwheat, rye and millet are very light grains that are good for your consumption. All vegetables are good to eat, but vegetables that are particularly useful to reduce kapha are eggplants, radishes, beets, all green leafy vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, pumpkin, and celery. In Ayurveda, food is preferably prepared by cooking, since it makes digestion easier than eating raw food, but an occasional salad is not harmful. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, fried foods, packaged foods, soft drinks, and fried foods.
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