Ayurvedic Ahara (Diet) Mantra

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“One who eat moderate food = Healthy!”

“Ayurvedic Aahaar (food) mantra is “Mita-ahara. “Mita
(       , moderate) and Ahara (         , taking food, diet). Mitahara is a concept in Indian philosophy, particularly in Ayurveda and Yoga that integrates awareness about food, drink, balanced diet and consumption habits and its effect on one’s body and mind. Once sage Charaka  Ancient Ayurveda sage/physician) adopting the form of a bird wandered from house to house of Vaidyas (doctors) asking the question - ‘Ko Aruk’, i.e., who is without diseases? Who is Healthy? Many of the established Vaidyas opinioned that by taking expensive tonics like chyvanaprash one can be free from diseases. But that was not a satisfying answer.  Sushruta and Vhagbhatta (great sages who are  grandfathers of Ayurveda and ancient physicians)  elaborate that Hitabhuk, Rtabhuk, Mitabhuk - one who takes good food (food that is good for the body, simply not taken to precipitate the taste buds), timely food (food taken when hungry) and appropriate amount of food can keep one free from diseases. The word food is symbolic of everything that the body feeds on or enjoys. So, air, water,
food and any other thing a living being swallows or enjoys is included in the word.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika verse 1.57 states the importance of
‘‘Mitahara’’, as

        A brahmachari, practicing mitahara (moderate diet) and tyaga (renunciation, solitude), devoted to yoga achieves success in his enquiry and effort within half a year.” — Hathayoga Pradipika, 1.57

In the Bhagavat Geeta, Sri Krishna indicates the same essence of knowledge by the words - yuktahara-vihara, yukta-chesta and yuka-karma. Yukta signifies insidiousness. All these activities can be expressed by the words ahara-vihara. By judicious ahara-vihara (food and your daily lifestyle corrections) one can be healthy without medicines.

“Mitabhojanam Swastyam” – (Chanakya- was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor 4th century BCE) – quotes “Eating moderate diet as a virtuous life style means health.”

All these ancient diet mantras recommend that one must “eat only when one feels hungry” and “neither overeat nor eat to completely fill the capacity of one’s stomach; rather leave a quarter portion empty and fill three quarters with quality food and fresh water. Ayurvedic dietetics suggests ‘‘mitahara’’ regimen includes avoiding stale, impure and tamasic foods, and consuming moderate amounts of fresh, vital and Sattvic foods.”

Mr. XX clearly understood a Vaidya’s (Ayurvedic Physicians) prescription is not a magic pill. But it is a” To do list” ....
• Doing less efforts and being more conscious
• Attack your goal of great health in bite-sized chunks, 
     and you will get there without overstepping your comfort zone!
• Food is “the medicine” but use it wisely and finally
   don’t kill your hunger in quantity nutrition analysis.
• Follow Ayurvedic ahara mantra “Mitahara! - Moderation is a key”

This unusual prescription of Ayurveda will tell you not only what ayurveda and yoga sciences can do for you, but how you can do Ayurveda and Yoga. A fun way to be 100% healthy!

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