How to Find the Healthiest Diet for You

food-journalMany diets are crafted with a one-size-fits-all approach, but an Ayurvedic diet is customized for each person based on their constitution, the season, time of day, and any imbalance.

If your diet is making you uncomfortable, try keeping track using a food journal where you write down each meal (and snacks), what you ate, the time, and how you felt afterwards.

By bringing consciousness into eating, it not only aids digestion, but helps you better understand the foods are optimal for your body and what to avoid. (Read How You Eat is Just as Important as What You Eat for more tips to improve digestion.)

Taking notes on your diet each day will reveal patterns in your emotions, digestion, and health that you wouldn’t otherwise see. Do you feel heavy and dazed after a meal? Do you feel light and clear? I know it sounds simple, but you’ll be amazed at what you can uncover. Continue reading

How You Eat is Just as Important as What You Eat

eating-contestYeah, you read right. Sure most of us have every intention of eating right.

Yet you could eat a healthy diet, eat  the right quantity, and exactly what’s right for your body, but that all goes out the window if you were to, say, wolf down that very healthy meal while walking down the street and talking on your phone.

Hey, I’m not judging. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not perfect and have eaten burritos while driving, sandwiches while walking, and scarfed down bowls of piping hot soup while on conference calls (thankfully there’s a mute button).

During my 20s, I had lots of shame around eating, staying thin, and often felt horrible if I ate anything containing carbs or fat. I relentlessly counted calories and subsisted on salads, raw veggies, low-fat, fat-free, and aspartame-filled junk masquerading as food.

As a result of all the shame, mixed with raw veggies, constant snacking, weird toxic food-like substances, and rarely sitting down to eat, my digestion was jacked up something fierce. And so was my health. I was anemic, bloated, moody, had water retention horrible skin, miserable anxiety, and every meal gave me indigestion.

Thanks to lots of Ayurvedic wisdom and counseling, my eating patterns have shifted and my digestion and overall health have improved. But even if you don’t change your diet, you can make a huge impact on your health by only changing how you eat.

In Ayurveda good agni (literally digestive fire) is the key to good health. So here are a few tips for making sure your agni stays strong:

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