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Ayurveda and Appetite

In Ayurveda, our digestive fire is called agni.  When our agni is strong then our appetite is strong.  To maintain healthy digestion, which helps us to digest our food and absorb the nutrients in our food, Ayurveda offers these suggestions:

-Eat only when you are hungry.  And eat before you get so hungry that you are uncomfortable.  
-Stop eating when you feel about 75% full.  Don't overstuff yourself.  Eating too much food overloads your digestive system and can lead to a build-up of toxins.

-Pay attention to the meal that you are eating.  Really taste the food, smell the food, take in the colors of the food.  This helps to make the experience of eating more pleasant.

-Don't watch TV or read while you are eating.  This just serves as a distraction to the food and can cause you to overeat.

-Make sure to include all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent) in each meal so that you feel satisfied after you eat.

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