• Eat when hungry only
  • Try to stick to routine meals. If your digestive fire is working optimally then you will automatically feel hungry at the same time each day.
  • Sip on warm water or herbal tea through the day.
  • When eating half fill the stomach with food, a quarter with warm water and a quarter, leave empty. This will strengthen the digestive fire or Agni.
  • Eat your main meal at lunch time as this is the time when the digestive fire is at full strength.
  • Have a light breakfast and dinner as much as possible
  • Do not bathe for 3 hours after eating.
  • Do not exercise for 3 hours after eating.
  • Minimise snacking. Snacking weakens the digestive fire as it gets no rest. If you feel you need a snack take one mid morning and mid afternoon. When snacking avoid grains. Stick to fruits or soups.
  • Minimise eating raw salads as these are hard to digest. If you find it difficult to avoid salads, then take them at lunch time only with a good mustard based salad dressing.
  • Do not mix fruits with other food and that too have a single fruit only. Having fruit with other foods can lead to fermentation
  • Avoid fruits which are under ripe and overripe. Under-ripe fruits are difficult to digest and overripe foods lead to fermentation.
  • Try and have warm cooked food only as this is easier to digest.
  • Try to make sure you have a whole grain with each meal as well as a variety of tastes. Whole grains need to form the major part of your meal in most cases.

Renu Gulati

Ayurveda lifestyle and diet consultant, teaches cooking classes and runs a womens empowerment program – STREE.