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Vedic rules for a healthy diet

Ведические правила здорового питания

Manu or manu (Skt.) Is the title by which in the texts of Hinduism they call the progenitor of the human race. Manu is also the first king to rule the earth and the only person saved by Vishnu from the global flood (see Matsya). Manu possess great piety and wisdom.

Manu-smriti (Sanskr), also known as Manu-samhita, Manawa-dharmashastra (Sanskr) and the Laws of Manu - a monument of ancient Indian law, an ancient Indian collection of religious, moral and legal prescriptions, attributed by tradition to the legendary ancestor of mankind - Manu. It is one of the nineteen dharma-sastras that are included in the smrti literature.

These rules are given in Manu Samhita. People in Vedic civilization knew these rules and followed them.

  1. Never eat without hunger. This means that if this rule is not fulfilled, then the food remains undigested, and not the digested food is poison to the body.
  2. Never eat with fatigue, anger, irritation, fear. With any emotions, there is a violation of Agni and the circulation of Prana in the stomach and intestines, so the food turns into poison.
  3. Before eating, rinse your mouth, eyes, wash your feet with cold water, and even better, take a full bath.
  4. You need to eat food facing east, but not north, because if we eat food facing north, west, then the energy leaves us, and Ojas decreases in the body.
  5. Food must be cooked with love. Food must be prepared for God, and after offering it to God, you can eat it yourself. Therefore, food should always be prepared in a good mood with a pleasant mindset, then the food will be easily digested. If food is prepared by you in a bad mood, in a state of irritation, anger, anxiety and gloom, such food should not be offered to God, because it is cooked without love for him; such food will not bring you any good either. The mood with which the food was prepared will make it equally poor-quality, and therefore such food is also considered unclean and poisonous.
  6. Food should be taken when the right nostril is working, Ayurveda tells us so. If the right nostril does not work when eating, you need to breathe through the right nostril, closing the left nostril. When the left nostril is working, the digestive fire is weakened, so the food will be poorly digested. In order for the right nostril to work, you can lie down on the left side.
  7. Before eating, you must always pray, as eating is a sacred process. And therefore, when we read the prayer, we are psychologically attuned.
  8. The food offered to God is prasadam. You need to put as much on your plate as you can eat. Prasad can not be thrown away, so you need to eat everything that is on your plate. If there are animals, then the rest of prasadam can be given to them. Prasad cannot be transferred from plate to plate so that family members eat up leftovers from someone else. It is necessary to use metal utensils, it is considered clean and does not transmit karma. Each family member should have their own dishes. This rule should be fulfilled daily, and not only when one of the family members is sick.
  9. Before you eat yourself, you need to feed others. Previously, in ancient Vedic times, there was a custom for family people, when prasadam was cooked, the owners went out and offered food to the hungry.
  10. To improve digestion, it is recommended to chew ginger with a slice of lemon and a pinch of salt before eating, this will give a signal to the stomach so that the digestive glands work.
  11. You can not talk while eating. Empty talk atomizes energy and impairs air circulation.
  12. Teeth were not given to us for decoration, but for thoroughly chewing food, so we need to chew food thoroughly, and not swallow it quickly. Food should be taken calmly. If you are in a hurry, it will be better for you if you skip a meal than you eat it.
  13. Food should affect all 5 senses, it should be pleasing to the eye, it should amuse our heart, it should be beautiful in appearance and exude a pleasant aroma.
  14. Never eat food that exudes an unpleasant odor, or food that is cooked more than 3.5 hours ago. If food was offered to God, then it can be stored for more than 3.5 hours.
  15. After eating, rinse your mouth, wash your feet with cold water, rinse your eyes with cold water.
  16. You can’t sleep right after eating. You can sleep after eating an hour or an hour and a half. In general, Ayurveda does not recommend sleeping during the day, as this leads to a weakening of all processes occurring in the body, and sleep does not contribute to the absorption of food, because the flow of Prana in the body slows down. A small sleep of 15-20 minutes is recommended only for the constitution of Vata, because she is the most restless nature. Also, if you are tired, then before eating you can rest for 15-20 minutes, you need to lie on the left side of the body, this will strengthen the fire of digestion and open the right nostril.
  17. Do not eat sour fruits at night and do not drink fermented milk products.
  18. Never eat before sunrise or after sunset, especially at dusk.
  19. You can not snack between food and eat while standing.
  20. If you want to lose weight, drink water before eating, if you want to maintain weight, drink water during meals. But do not get carried away in this way, as it weakens digestion.

Proper Nutrition - Eating ALL YOURSELF

Why do people eat a lot? Because they are trying to satisfy hunger. No, not physical hunger. They are trying to satisfy ALL their hunger. But this is impossible to do, filling your stomach with different trash. How can one satisfy the hunger for the truth of Love, the hunger for the Divine Light, the hunger for communicating with the One who understands you, etc., eating enough of material food? No way. You must understand that you are really starving even when you are lying on the couch in front of the TV with stomachs stretched to incredible sizes.

At the same time, the true food that will satisfy you is always nearby. It is only necessary to remove the veil of limitation from your consciousness.