Eat A Kapha-Pacifying Diet.
As we have seen, excess kapha is inherently involved in being overweight! But, it can also cause attachment, greed, resistance to change, lethargy, excessive sleep, heaviness in the mind and body, congestion, depression, a sluggish metabolism and water retention. Eating a kapha-pacifying diet helps to clear excess kapha from the system and can affect change in all of these areas, supporting the body in achieving a more balanced weight while improving overall health.
In essence, a kapha-pacifying diet seeks to neutralize excess kapha by emphasizing foods that are light, warm, dry, rough and very digestible. In general, choose whole foods that are freshly prepared and seasonally appropriate over processed foods, or cold, stale foods.
It is also important to remember that an Ayurvedic diet does not require us to give up everything we’ve come to love. Simply finding moderation in our choices can be a great first step in restoring balance. Because cravings for detrimental foods will subside as our health improves, our bodies become better and better able to recognize wholesome, life-affirming foods, and increasingly reject dietary choices that compromise our well-being. This process takes time, but it’s important to be both patient and persistent. Ultimately each step along the way will support our overall progress.
Optional: Stoke the Digestive Fire Before Meals!
If you feel inspired to go even further, you can stoke the digestive fire about thirty minutes before lunch and dinner. Chew a slice of fresh ginger, about the size of a nickel, with a pinch of sea salt, a few drops of lime juice, and about 1/4 teaspoon of honey.
Offer Your Full Presence To Each Meal.
Eating is a sacred act, an act of love. It is therefore best to eat in a calm, peaceful environment, free of emotional upset, intense conversation, television, or multi-tasking of any kind. Be present with the gift of nourishment that your body is receiving and listen for the subtle signs within that you are satisfied, ideally, completing your meal before you feel full. These practices allow your body to fully register the tastes and textures of your food. Also, reduce the likelihood of overeating, encourage an experience of satisfaction, and help to prevent the occurrence of unhelpful cravings between meals.
Make Dinner as Light as Possible.
Eating a light dinner, ideally eaten by 5 or 6 p.m., allows your stomach to empty itself before you go to sleep and supports the natural detoxification processes that occur overnight. Even if it’s not possible to eat this early, you will be more successful if you avoid eating anything after 7 p.m.