It has been raining here for days. I notice when the rains linger, I don’t have much of an appetite. It’s as if the outer dampness creates an inner dampness as well. If this is the case for you too, try sticking to lighter meals of warm, cooked foods, and spacing them out a few hours to allow your digestive fire to heat up.
In Ayurveda, the digestive fire, known as agni, is the king of health. It is tended to as a fire in a hearth would be. The desire is a roaring flame, ready to consume and transform what is offered to it. Sometimes, though, the fire gets dull, and what is needed to bring it back to life is air and space.
One way to stoke agni is to practice rhythmic eating, also known as meal spacing, also now known as intermittent fasting. The yogis have been doing this for thousands of years in observance of the natural law of spanda, or pulsation, which recognizes the rhythm of expansion and contraction, inhalation and exhalation, and consumption and digestion. They understood that when we eat less frequently, we are more efficient.
When we stop snacking between meals, we become more efficient.
If you eat less frequently, your body will metabolize nutrients more efficiently. Your agni will fire up and turn on fat metabolism, which has a cleaner, more stable burn that results in a calmer, clearer, mind. Your cravings will become smarter. Your thoughts will be less erratic.
It might sound hard to give up snacking. It is a counterculture choice, but one with tremendous benefits. In addition to smoother digestion and more stable energy, you get a stronger, leaner body that is detoxified, and deeply nourished. Your inner fire burns bright and gives your skin a luminous glow. You’ll even save money on your grocery bill!
Try these tips to fire up your agni and create space between your meals:
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