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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cardinal Rules Of Eating Fruits

It’s hard to find a person in this world who hates fruits. We love them; yes we have our choices, some like mangoes, and some like oranges. Yes some of us love them with salads, or in a smootie . Fruits are not just healthy but have huge nourishing capacity which is why we enjoy them. But still over my few years of practice I found that we do not enjoy them properly. We mix them wrongly, eat them at wrong time, thus in the long run we loss all the good properties of them.
Here are some Rules that one can follow while eating them.

  • Eat Fresh:
Days of modernisation have made us easy to have fruits that have been already cut in nice containers sold at grocery store. Yes it is convenient but still are those fruit fresh. Please please please buy some fresh fruits, cut them if necessary. Fruits that are already opened may have lost their value over time, so Eat Fresh!!

  • Eat Seasonal:
One of the most important rules of eating fruits is eat Seasonal. Each season has its own share of fruits to partake for humans. They are in way immunity boosters that one can look in nature. Check this out enjoy nice tropical summer how about nice mangoes or cooling jams that can cool you. Try enjoying fruits which are local and seasonal and you would enjoy the season.

  • Winter and Fruits:
Well many enjoy fruits even in crazy cold winter, but Ayurveda advises something different. Yes even if we can store all the fruits and enjoy them still fruits do increases kapha which is at its time high during winter season. Hence it is best to avoids fresh fruits during this time. It is the time to enjoy dry fruits which do are heating in nature and hence nourish us more during this season.

  • Chilled Fruits:
Many of the younger generation love to enjoy fruits like cranberries and grapes frozen instead of regular. One can even find in many great restaurant nice desserts with such fruits. Well avoid such combinations. It is not a good way to eat such frozen fruits. One can bring them to regular temperature and enjoy it, but still no ways for chilled fruits.

  • Individual Meals:
Fruits are individual meals , never mix them with your meals before or after. Same could be said in regards to breakfast. If you are looking for fruits in your breakfast eat, just have fruits. Keep at least a gap of 2 hours between your meals and any fruit intake. Unless you are actually cooking your fruit try not to have it in your meals.

  • Fruit Combinations:
One of the most common combinations of fruits that many healthy savvy enjoy is smotties; a combination of seasonal fruits with milk or Yoghurt. Ayurveda speaks highly of not mixing fruits with milk as they completely rule out each other proprieties. One is advised either just to have fruits or fruit juices, or have milk. A gap of few hours is always advised to have both of this in a meal.

Life style makes a huge difference in our health. A simple change of routine could make you healthy or make you unhealthy. Try these changes and see the result …

Posted by Sudeep

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lifestyle after Dinner

Last Tuesday I wrote post on this blog about simple lifestyle stuff that could be changed. Dinners are important and many of my readers wondered about what to do after them. Yah I know the last post made many of readers change their evening lifestyle. Well here for them this is a post where one can find what can one do after dinner.

  • Fennel Seeds:
For all those angry at me writing and telling to cut of dessert at the end of meal, here is something that can cheer you up. Fennel seeds with sugar is a very common to eat in many Indian Communities. This seeds according to Ayurveda are sweet to taste which is why they usually curb our sweet taste craving. Not just that fennel seeds are well known to help digestion as they are known to reduce bloating. Read more about this seeds here.

  • Walking:
Did you know a good walk at leisure pace is good for you after meal? Did you also know that if you suffer with issues like constipation, indigestion, hyper acidity, bloating and flatulence then walking is good for you after meal? “Shatpavli” or 100 paces after meals are recommendation made by every grandmother in India. Walk with leisure couple of paces would do …It’s my personal experience that one can real work on one’s digestion with just walking every day after meal. (Benefits of Running )

  • Decaffeinated Tea:
For all those who love to enjoy their cup of tea or coffee here is a small tip. Try going decaffeinated or try some herbal tea. Herbal tea like peppermint, jasmine could be nice and relaxing after a tiring day. But check it out many herbal teas could be full with caffeine in them or sometimes can interact with your medicines that you take.

  • Time to Work and Time to Laugh:
Make your time after dinner a time to relax be with your friends, better half, kids and even family. Here is a good time for your hectic day to have time to laugh and enjoy. Share some jokes, no need to watch movies all the time. Play some nice games like jenga... try that. Relaxation is important and yes we do not get that so easily in our life. Search for that time and enjoy...
(Laughter Yoga )

Now other than this does you have any nice way that is healthy for a person to enjoy time after dinner. Well why do not you share with all....Knowledge is good to be shared.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

5 Things Not to do after a Meal:

Lifestyle has always played a major role in creating health issues as well as helping treat a health issue. Ayurveda a science from age old speak very high of simple life style practises that can either make us health or lead us to illness. Say for example stuff what we do after meal... have you consider that some of the lifestyle we adapt can be dangerous in long run. Here are 5 simple habits that we have develop and are unhealthy for our health .
  • A Cup of Caffeine or Glass of Alcohol :
Knowing unknown lot of us head out for a cup of coffee or even glass of alcohol after a nice meal. Many of teenagers head out to have a can of pop. Think about it yourself do you think so it is healthy. You have just consumed a nice meal, digestive juices are currently working on your food and then you add stuff that is going to completely destroy the chemical imbalance of your stomach. To have a rest full sleep both would trigger one’s nervous system making keeping you wide awake.
  • Dessert :
We all have that craving for something sweet after a nice meal, I completely understand it. But unluckily Ayurveda have something else in mind. Desserts normally are very heavy to digest and hence should not be consumed after meals. Read more about this explanation here in this article written on this blog.
  • Shower / Bath :
Many of us do have that habit to have a nice shower or bath after a nice meal before going to bed. Many of my clients are devastated when I say that this is wrong and is really troublesome for the body. A warm shower or bath creates increase flow of blood towards the extremities, one does not want this. After meal it is very important to have a good flow of blood to the intestines rather than anywhere else. Do you agree?
  • Yoga and Exercise :
I found out recently that many yoga classes are held later in the evening. I really find this hard to digest how can yoga teachers teach some yoga after meals. After a nice meal it is really hard to expand one’s abdomens for deep breath forget other yogic poses. Lastly if you are pushing to achieve this I think so one would be more in trouble because of such routines.
  • Bed Time :
Many of us eat later our meals and then immediately head out to bed. One of the major reasons for such meals is because of our long office hours, yes I do understand that. We eat our meal, watch some movies and lastly head out to our bedroom to sleep. For a healthy person this might be ok, but for a person who had weak digestive system or having health issues such lifestyle can cause decrease appetite leading to further complications. I do not think so that this is a good lifestyle even for a healthy individual.

So what should One do, here are some tips
  • Drink Herbal Tea
  • Go out for a Walk
  • Enjoy some time with your Kids
  • Do some House hold activity?

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