Ayurveda’s Take on Feasting and Fasting
Today, we’re diving headfirst into the fascinating world of intermittent fasting!
So many folks out there are jumping on the intermittent fasting bandwagon, and they’ve been bugging me non-stop to share my Ayurvedic take on it.
Well, buckle up, because we’re about to take a fun-filled ride through the world of fasting and feasting!
The daily and weekly approach
According to the brainiacs over at Johns Hopkins, intermittent fasting is all about picking specific time slots to gobble up your grub and then giving your tummy a breather.
Now that’s a real novel idea, compared to the usual American eating routine, where it’s like a 24/7 buffet for your taste buds!
There are two main ways to play with intermittent fasting: you’ve got your daily approach and your weekly approach.
For the daily version, check out the 16/8 fasting plan: You munch on your meals for 8 hours and then give your belly a 16-hour timeout. It’s like the foodie version of musical chairs!
And for the weekly gig, we’ve got the 5:2 fasting extravaganza. That means you eat normally for five glorious days and then go for a teensy 500-600 calorie meal for two days. It’s like a food vacation with a light snack in between!
Now, let’s dive into the Ayurvedic perspective, shall we?
Ayurveda says daily fasting is where it’s at.
None of this on-and-off stuff because that’s just gonna rile up Vata, and nobody wants that!
But in Ayurveda, we don’t call it “intermittent fasting.” We call it plain old common sense and ancient wisdom!
But hold on to your samosas!
The intermittent fasting gurus out there don’t really give a clear map of when and how long you should eat and fast. That’s when things get wonky! That’s where Ayurveda swoops in with some precision and wisdom.
First off, let’s chat about why people dive into intermittent fasting.
Reason number one: to shed those pesky pounds! But guess what? According to Mark Mattson (neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins), it’s not some magical weight loss potion.
The real secret sauce is getting your AGNI (digestive fire) in order, flushing out toxins, and reviving your immune, hormonal, and mental mojo!
Reason number two: battling those cravings. Our bodies spill the beans on our inner dramas through cravings. But smothering them with fasting won’t solve anything! Those cravings will just pop up somewhere else like a game of culinary whack-a-mole!
Now, here’s the scoop: we’ve got two kinds of hunger, natural and conditioned.
Natural hunger is your body’s way of saying, “Hey, feed me! I’m ready for my nutrients!” Conditioned hunger is when life dictates your munching schedule. Like those fancy lunch meetings that have you ditching lunch, even when your tummy’s growling like a hungry bear!
To get back in tune with your body’s natural hunger, it takes time, patience, and a little Ayurvedic wisdom.
Lastly, in Ayurveda, we live by this golden rule: what’s right for someone is not right for everyone!
If you’re a Vata social butterfly or you’re dealing with a Vata imbalance, intermittent fasting might just turn your world upside down, and not in a good way!
Now, if you’re a fiery Pitta boss, fasting could make your hunger and metabolism go even crazier! Your digestive furnace is already sizzling hot!
But hey, with some expert guidance and a pinch of experimentation, even Vata and Pitta types can find their sweet spot with a 15/9 approach. Eat between 8 am and 6 pm, and let your liver do its night shift in peace.
However, if you’re an earthly Kapha king or queen with all your doshas in harmony, go ahead and try a longer fasting period or skip breakfast. You might just be the intermittent fasting champ!
Remember, Ayurveda teaches us that our bodies and minds are super smart. They’ve got their own rules and regulations, and when we break them, that’s when trouble brews.
So, let’s not treat our bodies like stubborn mules we’re trying to tame. Healing is all about understanding ourselves!
In my humble opinion, when it comes to concepts like intermittent fasting, don’t just swallow them whole. Put them to the test, and let your own experience be the judge.
After all, the proof is in the pudding…or should I say, the pudding is in the proof!
P.S. If you’re wondering what Vata, Pitta and Kapha is, take this quiz.
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