Eat a silent, mindful lunch
How often do you wolf down a quick lunch to get on with your day?
How often did you forget to pack a lunch, then find yourself pressed for time so you grab whatever is convenient so you can get on with your day?
Poor lunch. It gets very little love unless you swap out the L for a BR and then everyone suddenly loves it. Isn’t that kind of interesting?
Ayurveda teaches us that LUNCH should be our largest meal with the heaviest foods (cheese, eggs, meat, and desserts) of our day when our “digestive fire” or agni is at its peak. When we first wake up, our digestion is just getting strong again after lying dormant as we sleep. It slowly builds in strength throughout the morning and reaches its peak in the early afternoon before settling down during the evening and being slow again as we go to sleep.
Now here is another thought to learn to love lunch as much as you love brunch. Be QUIET. Put your computer away. Put your phone away. Find a quiet place to be where you won’t have to make small talk and enjoy every morsel of your big, delicious lunch in silence. Without all the usual distractions you can take your time to CHEW which is soooo good for your digestion. Slowing down allows your mind and body to communicate. Your body will have a chance to catch up to your brain and hear the signals to eat the amount your body needs.
This quiet lunch allows you to marvel at every texture and flavor and to spend time thinking about the food you are eating: Where did it come from? Who made it? What do you like about it or not like?
Not unlike the morning ritual, the ritual of a mindful lunch allows you to take care of yourself by spending time with JUST YOU. This time is fundamental to building a healthy lifestyle.