What we eat affects our body and mind, a fact that we all are aware of.
But the timing of our meals are equally important, did you know that? Breakfast is called the kind meal, Lunch is supposed to be the queen’s meal and dinner is supposed to be that of a pauper.
Now that is how it is meant to be but many of us tend to skip dinner as we feel that eating at night will make us fat.
However, as per Ayurveda, the night meal is one thing that you need to be very careful about.
It is the last meal of the day, which is why it is important to have it at the correct time and eat the right thing which does some good for our body.
There are a few foods you must avoid eating at night because of the imbalance in the Kapha dosha, it creates. Now, this is not rocket science as consumption of some dishes is obviously harmful like junk food, oily food, non-vegetarian items, frozen food, heavy to digest food, curd or ice-cream.
They are harmful in any way but at the night time, you for sure do not need these. Even if you need them, try to have them in less or limited quantities.
If you continue to eat them then this is what will happen:
- Cough and Cold
- Weight Gain
- Vomiting Sensation
- Excessive Salivation in the morning
Habits you should inculcate:
- Eat food that is easy and quick to digest at night.
- The food should be healthy and try sticking to a low carb diet for easy digestion.
- If you have the habit of eating curd at night then replace it with buttermilk.
- Opt for chapatis over rice since chapatis are easy and quick to digest.
- Do not over stuff your stomach.
- Eat in limited quantities.
- Try to include more dal, green leafy vegetables, curry leaves, and ginger in your meal.
- Reduce the sugar intake and replace it with honey or jaggery.
- If you have the habit of drinking milk before you go to bed, prefer low-fat milk.
- Always boil the milk before drinking it.
Food items that you should include in your diet:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Dried Apricots
- Musk Melon/ Water Melon
- Red bell pepper
- Black-eyed peas
- Cow’s milk
Chances are that eating at night makes you fat. An obvious fact being that the body does not perform any physical activity at night, it requires less energy. Therefore, when you eat at night that too large in quantities, the energy that is produced from the food gets stored in the body in the form of fat.
Eating healthy at night is not enough!
The night is the only time when you should not be drinking water. And the reason is actually quite logical.
Water is one of the most critical elements of the human body.
When you do not sip enough H2O, your body becomes dehydrated- which leads you to feel weak and decreases motivation- you may feel like you are always hungry, and surprisingly, it could make you look puffier. And no one likes the sound of that when you are trying to lose 10 kgs.
If you drink too much water before going to bed, you may find yourself waking up multiple times in the middle of the night to urinate.
And just like water, sleep is known to be an important factor in obtaining your weight loss goals. The recommended 6-8 hours really make a great difference in our lives.
Wake up, and start your day with a nice big glass of water. By continuing to stay hydrated you will experience lots of benefits. From clearer skin to an increase in energy your body will be thanking you.
And if you are planning to turn off the lights around 11 pm, slow down around 8-9 pm to give your body enough time to process the food and water and allow yourself a peaceful seven hours of sleep. Next thing you already know, your morning alarm is going off and it’s time to start all over again.