As a Pitta person (fire type) I often find myself rapidly devouring food, often on the go whilst doing something else. Vata types might find themselves eating erratically at different times of the day. Kapha types may go a long time without eating and when they do over indulge in quantity.
We all have our own habits, good and bad.
There are many rules a person can apply to their diet and eating habits when leading an ayurvedic lifestyle.
Unfortunately some of these are completely unrealistic for many of us, such as eating after sunrise and before sunset. Both socially and practically this can be totally unavoidable.
However I have picked a handful that I think many of us can easily apply and will be able reap many benefits from.
ॐ Feeding all 5 senses. Taking time to appreciate not just the taste but also the texture and the smell of your meal. Eating food that you find aesthetically pleasing, stoking the digestive fire and making your eyes hungry. Even taking a small moment to consciously take note of the texture and the combinations of all these aspects. This will lead you to a greater feeling of contentment and satiation after a meal that leaves you less likely to reach for the snacks.
ॐ Try to eat when you feel calm and emotionally stable.
ॐ Give Thanks...to the chef, to the food, to the earth, in whatever way makes sense and feels authentic. Gratitude is calming!
ॐ Make it a ritual. No need to make a song and dance about it! But doing the same actions before and after your meals readies the digestive system. It can be as simple as always washing your hands.
ॐ Try to frequent restaurants that have a social/ethical backbone! So not only profit orientated. The environment and the way in which food is prepared has a massive affect on it’s energy! A meal made by a loved one can be much more satisfying than an expensive meal in a gourmet restaurant.
Eating is a sacred act, an offering made into the internal digestive fire in much the same way that offerings are made into the external sacrificial fires.’ Dr Svoboda