Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Ayurveda evening meal

According to Ayurveda, the evening meal should be lighter than the lunchtime meal.  This is because the digestive fire 'agni' is burning most fiercely at lunchtime. 

Ideally the evening meal should be taken before 7pm so that the meal will be digested before you go to bed.  If your evening meal includes chicken or fish the earlier you have the meal the better. Include easy to digest vegetables and grains such as brown rice.  It is important not to go to bed with a full stomach because the body needs to turn to its maintenance 'jobs' at night such as growth, maintenance and repair of muscles and bones. The immune system is re-booted, processing and consolidating memories and emotions occurs in the brain and detoxing in the liver.  The body cannot do these 'jobs' if it has to turn its attention to digestion. The result may be poorly digested foods leading to build up of toxins (ama) in the body, struggling to get up in the morning and sluggishness throughout the morning.  

Also eat mindfully - you will not experience the pleasure of your food if you eat while texting, answering e-mails or watching television.  Notice the smell, the texture, the taste and eat slowly.  You will find that you will be satisfied with slightly less.  

Also on this blog is an after work wind down yoga video that you may like to watch-

There are many recipes on 40plusandalliswell for you to enjoy for your evening meal.  Why not try this Moroccan spiced chickpeas with couscous bowl-

You may also like to read, 'Ayurveda lunch break'-

Happy eating

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