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Eat New Foods: Lose More Weight
Eat New Foods: Lose More Weight
More and more people are turning to natural ways of losing weight and maintaining good health. The switch to natural weight loss may bring changes in your lifestyle. Certainly you will be eating foods that you have never tried before or prepared differently than you have in the past.
Fad diets come and go, usually producing only short term weight loss. If you have ‘tried them all' and frustration seems to be your only results, it is time to turn to the wisdom of the ancients.
Ayurveda For Weight Loss
Ayurveda , native to India, is literally translated ‘science of life'. Ayurveda dates back about five thousand years. It is said to be the world's oldest healing science. An ayurvedic diet is one that offers whole health and wellbeing. It can be adapted to any body type. This approach to weight loss focuses on balance. Usually an Ayurvedic practitioner will design a diet according to the individual. They consider the whole person; age, gender, body type, where they live, etc. Every aspect of a person's life is taken into account when designing a personal diet. Don't lose heart if there is not a practitioner in your area. Ayurveda also provides some universal standards that you can research to begin healthier, more balanced weight loss plan.
Ayurveda’s Six Tastes
In Ayurveda, all foods are classified into six categories, or tastes. These are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. It is recommended that, everyday at your main meal, all six tastes be included. Including foods from each taste group enhances balance in your digestion and minimizes cravings throughout the day. When all of the six tastes are included in your diet, it gives you an amazing variety and offers some new and exciting flavors. Examples of foods for each of the six tastes are: Sweet: carrots, fennel bulb, honey, rice, pasta, milk, butter, bread Sour: lemons, limes, yogurt, cheese Salty: salt and any food to which you add salt Bitter: Arugula, endive, spinach, romaine lettuce, chard, kale, chicory. Pungent: radish, ginger root, cayenne, chili peppers, any hot tasting spice Astringent: Cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, beans, lentils, apples, pears
Other classifications of foods in Ayurveda
Other classifications of foods in Ayurveda are heavy and light, dry and liquid, warm and cold. Balancing your main meal means including all or most of these physical types. The quantity of each taste and type depend largely on your individual body type and the season of the year. But, these simple principles will help you get started on your weight goal and overall health. Examples of these categories are: Heavy: bread, pasta, cheese, and yogurt Light: millet, buckwheat, rye, barley, corn, spinach, lettuce, pears and apples Dry: beans, potatoes, barley, and corn Liquid/Oily: dairy products, meat, fatty foods, and cooking oils Warm: hot beverages and warm, cooked foods Cold: cold beverages and raw foods
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Ayurveda Sattvic Diet
Since Ayurveda is a whole person science, there is one more classification of the Ayurvedic diet that will help maintain balance in the non-physical part of your being. The non-physical meaning; mind, heart, senses, and spirit. These are called the sattvic foods. Even if you are not seeking spiritual growth, mentally you can benefit from adding the sattvic foods to your diet. Sattvic foods promote mental clarity and emotional balance. These include almonds, rice, honey, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits (whole and raw) and leafy greens. These are all easy to digest and bring serenity and balance to your life.
Change is a very unsettling concept to most people. It is unsettling because it gets us out of our comfort zone. Change forces us to stay alert in the area that is affected by it. Change is not always bad, as a matter of fact, it can be the best thing for us, especially if we want different results. Better results, in the area of weight loss, is something all dieters want. In order to get better results, we have to change they way we eat. We also tend to take change better if we change slowly, over a period of time. The transition into Ayurveda is much more comfortable than the shock to your body, mind, and spirit that crash diets cause. Adding new, good for you, foods, introduced a little at a time, can produce big results. A slow, long term plan is more natural and healthier than the many fad diets that are out there.
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Suggestions for Starting An Ayurvedic Diet
All of this information may be new and possibly overwhelming. Below are some menu suggestions to help you get started. The suggestions contain all the necessary components that will help to balance your diet. It is not intended to be a complete list. Remember to add new, never before tried (by you), foods to your meals at least two or three times a week. The newness and variety help keep the ‘bored' out of your diet life and helps you stay excited about weight loss.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with apricots or berries, whole wheat toast and warm milk Cooked rice cereal with apples or pears Cold cereal with berries and milk
Lunch: Greek salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese with vinaigrette). Vegetable soup, green salad Fettuccini Alfredo
Dinner: Chicken breast, rice, well-cooked carrots and green beans Vegetable stir-fry with shrimp or chicken, rice Vegetable stir-fry with tofu and basmati rice. Add lots of spices like ginger or cayenne pepper. These not only spice up your dishes, they help get the digestive fire burning. Good digestion is also an essential part of weight loss.
More fish! All of my life I have heard that fish is brain food. Fish, especially salmon, may very well be the world's most perfect food. Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids which studies have shown lowers cholesterol. According to Dr. Donald D. Hensrud, at the Mayo Clinic, eating fish rich in omega 3 significantly lowers your risk for heart disease. He also recommends that people each fish at least twice a week. Whole grains are also an excellent choice to add to your diet. They contain fiber, antioxidants, and a host of vitamins and minerals. Whole grains keep your digestive system running at peak performance. With such a variety of healthy foods available, you should have no problem choosing new ones to add to your diet plan. So, get excited about this journey to new heights of health, wellbeing, and a slimmer you.