According to Ayurveda, fasting is not recommended because it irritates Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. Skipping breakfast particularly irritates Sadhaka Pitta, a subdosha of Pitta. Sadhaka Pitta is responsible for maintaining an even temper and, when in balance, brings joy and contentment. An imbalanced Sadhaka Pitta can result in irritability and unsettled emotions.
Many people are too busy in the morning to eat breakfast or just do not feel hungry. If you've been used to skipping breakfast, start with a little something each morning and work your way back to a healthy breakfast. A good way to break the habit of skipping breakfast is to make and drink fresh fruit or vegetable juices. Rehydrating the body with fresh, natural, and nourishing fluids will help you get a head start on a busy day.
Try a juiced blend of fresh carrot, cilantro and zucchini, or fresh sweet grape, apple, or pear juice. Pick ripe sweet fruit. Orange juice is not recommended on an empty stomach because it is too acidic. Whichever fruit or vegetables you choose, fresh juice is always the best because it has prana, or life-giving energies. Also, the juice should ideally be at room temperature or slightly cool, never ice-cold.
Ayurveda says that fruit in the morning is like gold. This is the best time of day to get the maximum nourishment from fruit. Cooked apples, eaten first thing in the morning, help to create ojas — the final and most refined by-product of digestion. Ojas contributes to enhanced vitality, strength, immunity, and overall well-being. At the start of the day, sometime between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., agni is quite low, and it's not easy for most bodies to digest a big breakfast. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend an easily digestible meal that nourishes the body by giving it the fuel it needs, without overwhelming it. This means eating warm, well-spiced, easy-to-digest foods, with an emphasis on hot cereals and cooked fruits, rather than cold cereals and raw fruits or heavy meals like the classic American bacon and fried eggs with toast and a plate of hash browns. The Ayurvedic approach both feeds the body and helps the mind achieve a sharp but calm sense of focus. 🧘
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