As we enter this fresh new year, so many of us with the intention and hope to approach the weight we were on our very first drivers license 😉 , we offer these basic Ayurvedic suggestions. These subtle, easy changes, to your routine will begin to evolve your physiology to its perfect health, balance and weight:

#1 Eat your main meal at noon. This is the middle of the Pitta phase where the sun is the closest to you, & the fire of digestion is highest. Focus on quality, clean, freshly cooked food, not quantity. Eat all 6 tastes and all 7 colors and you won’t need to concern yourself with the specific nutrients they will be in there guaranteed as the tastes and colors are evidence.

#2 Eat only when hungry (This includes breakfast. No hunger=your body not ready to process food properly. Dinner; much lighter than lunch. Allow the body to prepare for autolysis (digesting excess fat and diseased cells) while sleeping. This only happens if the stomach is empty.

#3 Bedtime by 10pm, no computer or stimulating TV after 8pm. Up by 6am (before the Kapha, heavy phase of morning begins) for the most energy and calorie consumption.

#4 Discontinue drinking huge amounts of ice water just before or during meals. It dilutes your digestive juices and creates all types of improper digestion. Sip room temperature or hot water with lemon which will improve digestion and help wean yourself off of this bad habit.

#5 Massage. Garshan (dry), Abyangha (oiled), at home and in the Spa. Not only does massage stimulate circulation and production of V.I.P., but helps to cleanse lymph and keep skin toned as you reduce. (This is only a tiny portion of the benefits of massage.)

#6 Raw Local Honey. Reduces Kapha, stops cravings for sweets and reduces toxic ama in the entire body. Side benefit: reduces seasonal allergies that produce congestion and other upper respiratory challenges and has antibacterial and anti viral benefits.

Begin with one or two of these techniques to start, adding more as you adapt to these new positive habits. Keep it effortless.

If you would like to learn more about the oldest health model, Ayurveda, and how to keep your body as lean and healthy as possible, attend Ayurveda 101 offered 2 times yearly at Joyful Yoga.