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4. Avoid leftovers
Maharishi Ayurveda holds that putting food back in refrigerator after it has been cooked seriously deteriorates quality of foods and their digestibility. Even if you heat it up after you take it out of refrigerator, it has lost its life giving freshness.
We get more than molecules from food. We also get freshness, life force (prana) and nature’s intelligence from our foods. Physics tells us there is a classical world of molecules but also a quantum mechanical world of vibration. The vibration of deeper fields which comprise nature’s life-force and intelligence get destroyed by cooling cooked food. As a result leftovers easily lead to improperly digested waste products called “ama” that accumulate in body causing toxins, blockages, excessive weight gain and lead to many diseases.
The converse principle sums up essence of Ayurvedic food guidelines. “Eat fresh food, freshly prepared”
Because of activity of our lives, and logistics of shopping and cooking, this simple statement can be difficult to achieve but every step in this direction will help us with weight management and overall good health.
A convenient way to get a home-cooked, nearly fresh meal of pure, wholesome ingredients for lunch each day, is to cook barley and lentils (a good fat-busting combination) overnight in a crock pot. In morning, add chopped vegetables and some spices sautéed in olive oil (try cumin, black pepper, fresh ginger root, coriander and turmeric.) Put in a wide-mouth thermos and bring for lunch. Add some rye crackers (another fat busting grain according to Ayurveda,) and fresh fruit for a well-balanced, pure and nutritious lunch.
5. Get Moving!
I saw a headline in a health paper some time ago that made a good point “Stop Dieting and Start Moving”
Exercise is an antidote for almost everything that ails us. It improves digestion, metabolism, elimination, complexion, body tone and strength, bone density, and helps us normalize weight. It is also emotionally positive as it can be enjoyable, increase self-worth and bring us greater energy, freshness and success throughout day.
At least take time every day to get out and walk. Evaluate your schedule and take walks whenever you can squeeze them in. Be vigilant to take opportunities to walk. It is especially good to walk after meals and especially healthy to take a walk after evening meal.
a) Go to bed by 10:00 PM. Metabolism of waste products takes place after 10 PM and is reduced by being awake and active, or eating proverbial “midnight snack,” at this time b) Add digestive enhancing, fat-busting spices to your meals like fresh ginger, cumin, black pepper, turmeric and fenugreek. c) Keep GOOD snacks around to prevent you eating bad snacks. Examples of good snacks are fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, fresh squeezed vegetable juices and whole grain crackers. d) Practice meditation and yoga daily to keep mind and body balanced reduce mental cravings for food. (Based on hundreds of scientific studies documenting its health benefits, I recommend TM technique for my patients) e) Take a walk in morning. Exercise of some type outdoors in morning sun has a powerful positive influence on mind, emotions and energy throughout day. f) Take Panchakarma treatments twice a year. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends panchakarma (the massage, heat treatments and internal cleansing therapies of Ayurveda) be done twice a year to prevent impurities from accumulating and eliminating their buildup in bodily tissues. (A recent study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine documented reduction by 50% of cancer causing chemical PCB in blood after five days of Maharishi Rejuvenation Treatment, a specific program of panchakarma.) g) Ingest mainly organic extra virgin olive oil. Organic ghee is also acceptable in small quantities (1-2 tsp. per day)or not at all if you are overweight and/or have high cholesterol. Avoid any non-organic vegetable oils especially corn and soy oil. Oils are perhaps most important food group to get right, as impure oils can contribute to so many diseases if not used properly
Summary Health is won or lost in how we live day-to-day life. I encourage everyone with weight management issues to take initiative and get on an upward spiral of healthy activity. Your quick reward will be greater freshness, happiness and a lighter, healthier body.
Nancy Lonsdorf M.D. received her M.D. from Johns Hopkins and did her postgraduate training at Stanford. She has studied Ayurveda with some of the world's most renowned Ayurvedic physicians in India, Europe and the U.S. and is the author of two books on Ayurveda and women's health. Doctor Lonsdorf's contact information is: Nancy Lonsdorf M.D. 1734 Jasmine Avenue Vedic City, IA 52556 641-472-8246 web site url: http://www.ayurveda-ayurvedic.com/