As per Ayurveda, the last part of the day is dominated by kapha, therefore, whatever we eat, must be able to balance kapha and not increase it. We all know that how important it is to have a wholesome breakfast to maintain a healthy body and mind. Various health experts and dietitians across the world have dubbed breakfast as the 'king of all meals'. However, it doesn't mean that other meals like lunch and dinner are not as important. Many people believe that consuming anything post 7 pm may result in weight gain, and generally skip their dinner completely. On the contrary, it may not only hamper the system but also promote weight gain, because 'when' you eat could prove to be as important as 'what' you eat! Yes, you read that right! For the longest time, health experts, including Ayurveda experts, are compressing on the fact that our dinner should be light, but at the same time, it should be healthy too. There is, of course, a list of foods that one must avoid consuming at night as they create an imbalance in the kaphadosha, as per Ayurveda. In other words, we should steer clear of foods that are high in glycaemic index and comprise simple carbs like fried foods, packaged frozen foods, et al, during night as it may result in weight gain and slowing down of our metabolism. As per Ayurveda, the last part of the day is dominated by kapha, therefore, whatever we eat, must be able to balance kapha and not increase it.
Eat Not At Night.....?
Here Are Five Ayurvedic Tips For Eating Healthy At Night:
1. Eat foods that are rich in protein at night. Add low-fat chicken (grilled), pulses, lentils, green leafy veggie, and curry leaves to your evening meal. Consuming more protein-rich foods in supper/dinner will keep your digestive system working well.
2. Consume low-carb. foods at night. This is because low-carb foods are digested easily. Eating foods that are heavy at night will hamper your sleep and you may feel light-headed the next day. Include foods like paneer, tofu, lentils, beans, low-fat chicken, etc.
3. Cut salt intake post 7 pm. We know this can be little difficult for some people, but this is very important, especially when you have a party planned. Salt is known to increase the water intake.