5 Ayurvedic Rules to A Healthier Weight Loss
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar is an internationally recognized leader in the ancient science of Ayurveda. In addition to running his private clinic in Santa Cruz, California, he frequently shares the stage with many of the pioneers in health and wellness, including Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, and Wayne Dyer, and is a keynote speaker and faculty member at several Ayurvedic institutions worldwide.
Perhaps nothing could be more frustrating and painful than experiencing an ongoing struggle with weight and overall wellness.
If you’re in a battle with your weight, then chances are you’re desperate for results and have probably tried the latest weight-loss trends with disappointing, and often disheartening, results.
You’ve cut calories, gone gluten-free, lowered your carbs, and tried to exercise more. Meanwhile, you’ve beaten yourself up emotionally, felt like a failure, wondered why nothing has worked for you, wished for more willpower, and lost your sense of joy and enthusiasm. You may even feel stuck and ready to give up.
Rule 1. Eat a light evening meal of easy-to-digest foods.
Everyone dealing with weight-loss issues needs to know that it is virtually impossible to make serious progress if you continue to eat large evening meals with heavy foods! As new research tells us, when we eat late, we’ll tend to gain weight.
I can’t emphasize this point too much. As Ayurveda describes, our digestion is less strong in the evening, and when we go to sleep, our digestion, metabolism, and circulation slow down even further. The body simply can’t assimilate large evening meals properly. The result is that much of the food is digested poorly and eventually creates toxins, fat, and excess weight. Even if we are eating less during the day, exercising, and taking special herbs, pills, powders and drinks, most of us will not be able to overcome this most serious of all weight-loss mistakes.
In the evening, it is especially important to avoid the following types of foods: cheese, yogurt, rich desserts, red meat, leftovers of any kind, cold foods, and processed foods. It’s also important to reduce evening consumption of fish, fowl, and starches.
Evening meals should be vegetarian, hot, light, and soupy. If you are significantly overweight, the foundation of the evening meal should be:
1) Non-cream soups
2) Complex grains cooked in water (for example, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and barley)
3) Vegetables: steamed, roasted, or sautéed with small amounts of extra-virgin olive oil. If you must have dessert, I recommend cooked fruit desserts made with only small amounts of organic sugar.
Rule 2. Eat the largest meal of the day at lunch and include a wide variety of warm, cooked foods.