According to Ayurveda: reduce food intake with reduced physical activity, do not eat till your full, only 50% of your meal should be solid, 25% liquid and 25% empty, consume liquids, fruits and salads, during summer substitute food with more liquids, eat junk food slowly and silently, eat only so much that satisfies your hunger.
It is difficult to understand what is relevant or correct these days because there are lot of information on diet and nutrition. We tend to generalize it push the same ‘facts’ for everyone in the nutrition field.
RDA and Calories
Two categories calories and RDA known as recommended dietary allowances.
They present the energy generated by eating and digesting food in the form of heat. The excess when we eat more than the body’s requirements is stored as fat. Everyone is obsessed with calories which is completely incorrect.
Every human body is different so we cannot by go by averages or ranges. Calorie requirements change depend on lifestyles, weather, location, activity levels, age, stress, illnesses and metabolism changes. So we cannot say that someone needs to have a certain number of calories. People that have much lower calories are equally or more healthy than those having recommended calories.
We became nervous and stressed about the calories we consume. You may look thin but will get diseases. We will see how to tackle this problem.
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA)
They present standards published as how much of which nutrient to have in a day. But problem is that each individual is completely unique. They came into being for areas that were constantly in drought, wars, famines or very poverty stricken.
Protein intake varies wildly from one individual to another and also based on age, race, physical activity, etc. People who are healthier and fit taking half the recommended protein. But also there are people who take the recommended intake and are fat and unhealthy or have diseases.
RDAs for vitamins are no longer good even as guidelines because makes us very stressed. When we are stress or in agony food eaten in that condition leads to incomplete digestion and absorption.
How Much Exactly Should You Eat
How do we know how much and what to eat if we are saying that calories and RDAs have no meaning then? Consuming food is a part of life, personality, body. Laboratory measurements can never work so long as life is involved. There are rules for eating as per Yoga and Ayurveda. We will always remain healthy and not become fat if we follow these and we will start to lose weight.
– Consume food that much so that you start feeling hungry after three to four hours not till you are full
-Fifty percent of your food should be solid. Twenty five percent should be a liquid like s milk, dal, oup, kadhi or buttermilk. Twenty five percent remain empty and over a period of time, we will automatically know how much to eat.
– Immediately cut down on food If your physical activity levels drop or likely to drop for a longer period of time. You will feel hungry as per your previous requirements, but the body no longer needs it.
– Increase your food but gradually when you increase your physical activity. Also have more of fruits and salads, liquids.
– Consciously reduce food intake and substitute with liquids when the climate becomes or hot or you are visiting a much warmer place.
– Eat silently and very slowly when eating out or ordering junk food. This will help you feel full very fast and cannot eat more of unhealthy food.
-Avoid carried away at buffets, social events and get together. Fill up a small plate once , do not eat snacks. You do not have the main course or meal if you have starters or snacks.
-Consume food as much that satisfies your hunger. Avoid forcing yourself to eat. Do not force to eat the same quantity if you are eating much less than your normal quantity. It good to eat lesser than your normal appetite, at times.
-Follow these guidelines and listen to your body, not your mind and tongue.