An Ayurvedic LIFESTYLE PLAN:
The word Ayurveda can be translated as "the Science of Life". As such, it offers practical guidelines that anyone can follow to enjoy optimal health. Knowing what your body needs and then listening to its inherent wisdom is the foundation of wellness. Here are some simple remedies or practices that you can adopt which will lead to better health.
Daily Practices for Life Long Good Health
- On rising drink, 2x 250mL glasses of warm water with lemon and ginger to help eliminate toxins and rehydrate the body. Aim to drink up to 2 litres per day.
- Make sure you brush your teeth before eating. A clean mouth is basis of good hygiene. Use a tongue scraper to remove toxic build-up on the tongue
- Add cardamom and ginger to any coffee that you drink.
- Try and walk for half an hour daily if possible (after rising is best and will energise you). Adding yoga or meditation to your daily routine is especially beneficial.
- Avoid sleeping once the sun is risen and try to get to bed before 10pm. Avoid overstimulating yourself two hours before bed- Ipads, mobile phones etc.
- Cook with digestive spices: ginger, black pepper, cumin, coriander, asafoetida, turmeric, fenugreek, fennel. Be generous in the amounts you use, and try to find fresh spices where possible.
- Eat warm cooked foods when weather is cool. Eat sweet, cooling foods when the weather is warm. Avoid eating leftovers as much as possible. Avoid dry and cold foods. Try not to skip meals as this will unsettle you and make your mind overactive as well as hinder your metabolic rate.
- To improve hydration - Make a flask or thermos of spiced water to drink throughout day. Each night steep 1tbsp turmeric, 1 tbsp fenugreek seed, 1 tbsp ginger and 1 tbsp cinnamon in hot water. Pour this into thermos to sip during next day
- Relieve muscular stress by taking a big cup of epsom salts mixed with sandalwood essential oil and place in warm to hot bath. Try to make this time one for you to relax and be with yourself. Lifestyle stress can really affect digestion
- Regularly massage the skin with pure sesame or coconut oil. This is an excellent way to maintain a healthy glow and lubricate the body.
- If you choose to eat meat do so in moderation. Once or twice a week is enough. Make sure you balance this with lots of high-fibre meals (salads, grains, cereals)
- Avoid fried and heavy foods. Minimise oils, fats, dairy products, sweets and cold foods in general.
- Avoid junk foods, frozen foods, fried foods, processed and refined foods and foods that have been micro-wave
- Avoid food combinations with different rates of digestion, such as heavy and light foods. Some examples are: Fish with dairy; Yoghurt with sour fruits and melons (melons should be eaten on their own); Vegetables with fruit or milk, bananas with milk.