Y do we get sick?
Ayurveda holds that specific disease conditions are symptoms of an underlying imbalance. It does not neglect relief of these symptoms, but its main focus is on the big picture: to restore balance and to help you create such a healthy lifestyle that the imbalance won’t occur again.
Living in health and balance is the key to a long life free from disease.
Perhaps the most important lesson Ayurveda has to teach is that our health is up to us. Every day of our lives, every hour of every day, we can, and do, choose either health or illness. When we choose wisely, nature rewards us with health and happiness. When we persistently choose unwisely, nature, in her wisdom, eventually sets us straight: She makes us sick and gives us a chance to rest and rethink our choices.
Health begins with your diet. You are what you eat. I do my best to abide by vegetarianism because I feel it keeps my body refreshed, light, and energized.How can you figure out how best to eat for overall health or weight loss? Focus on the basics. Unless you’re going to follow a strict diet that restricts or eliminates certain food groups (which should be carefully studied prior to starting), you can begin by striving for balance in your diet. Below are some common-sense guidelines that you can use to identify what kind of an eating plan works best for your lifestyle and your body.
1. Start drinking more water. Start drinking more water. Start drinking more water. I carry around a water bottle with me all day to keep hydrated. The more water you drink the less food you eat. It will help keep your body cleansed and you will lose weight. If you aren’t drinking much water currently, try easing into it. I like to make my own vitamin water. One day I’ll squeeze a fresh lemon into my bottle. The next day I’ll switch to a lime. Lately, I’ve used fresh cut cantaloupe and watermelon.
2. Reduce your portion sizes. Reduce your portion sizes. Reduce your portion sizes. But take it slow. Most people falsely believe you need to fill up the size of your plate. Not true. You need a lot less food than you could imagine. By slowly reducing your portion sizes, you’ll feel less deprived as you make your way down to a portion size you feel comfortable and satisfied eating.
3. Cut out processed foods. Cut out processed foods. Throw away processed foods. Throw away processed foods. Eat raw, Live long. Eat raw, live long. Strive to eat 1-2 servings of fruits or vegetables at each meal or snack. This will add up to several servings a day which is recommended for optimal nutrition.
4. Switch to whole grains. Switch to whole grains. Eat organic granola if you can’t think of any other tasty way. I love organic granola it is an epic part of my diet. Remember avoid processed grains. If it has a label that means it’s processed. Sorry.
5. Get your sweet tooth under control. About that. My name is Matthew and I’m addicted to chocolate, cookies, reese’s, cheesecake. Whatever is sweet you name it i’m bound to love it. I mean when chocolate comes up to you and is like Can I kick it? You gotta respond hell yes. Right in my mouth. What you can do is reduce the portion sizes and frequency of your intake of any sugared treats. Go from full-sized candy bars to bite-size. But it doesn’t count if you eat like 5-10 bite-size at once. Like any process the more you focus on phasing it out, the more it will phase out. It’s about intentions people.
6. Quit eating meat. Stop it. If you can’t may I suggest the 5:2 meat ratio. 5 days a week :Monday-Friday: no meat. 2 days a week :Saturday & Sunday: lean meat. Now you have become 70% vegan. Be proud. Avoid highly marbled beef, high fat pork ribs and chops, regular ground beef and other fatty cuts. Try substituting lean ground beef and turkey, pork tenderloin and flank steak, along with fish and shellfish.
7. Switch to lower fat dairy products. Personally, I prefer greek yogurt-expensive and whole milk-very expensive. You can really influence your calorie and fat daily totals by switching to lower fat milk–>really just a vitamin water version using milk, cottage cheese, cheese, sour cream and more. If you enjoy fat-free, work your way down to that.
8. Find a couple of lower fat salad dressings that you enjoy. With all the vegetable you’ll be eating as part of your new eating style, a couple healthier dressing options will go a long way toward making them more enjoyable. In addition to using on salads, you can use dressings for marinade, dips, sandwich spreads, and whenever you can use some extra flavor.
10. Increase your activity! Wait what? that don’t sound like no food advice. Healthy eating is only half of the equation. For ideal health, your body needs to move and move often. Again, start slowly and gradually increase your activity. American already trail the world in steps taken per day. This means increase your walking -take a stroll at dusk when it’s peaceful and quite, housework, gardening, running, yoga, playing, just something. It will make you smarter too.
Take these suggestions at your own tempo and make changes that fit into your lifestyle. You don’t need to eat foods you don’t enjoy just because they are healthy. It would be better for you to experiment to find foods you do enjoy, so that you are motivated to keep eating them. Think! Mexican food like fresh salsa, guacamole, and black beans. Always keep in mind that you’re making these changes to become a healthier person that will live a longer, more active life!