I usually talk about how to famine. Here is my chance to balance it out with a few tips on how to feast… ayurvedically speaking.
Ayurveda 101: How to Feast
Thanksgiving is obviously all about the feast. The timing of your feast is crucial. 2-3 pm is about as late as we can start and have time to digest the food we’ve eaten comfortably. The later towards sundown you eat - the easier it is to overeat and the harder it is to eat lightly until the feast. I can’t recommend any kind of feasting after 4 pm. You’ll suffer. Encourage your feasting-mates to schedule earlier- or get used to inviting your guests earlier. It works -and over time your peeps will get that they can overeat a little and still feel just fine the next day when you start early enough.
If you can plan a midday feast, here is a good plan for the morning:
- Start your day with a thermos of hot water with lemon.
- See how long you can enjoyably last just on hot water and lemon. Get in touch with the empty, clarifying effect. Let your deeper hunger awaken.
- When you feel true hunger, make a quart of green smoothie in a blender, a green juice, or stewed apples. Then, return to hot water with lemon.
- Go for a walk with your people. Breathe. Be in nature. Move your body.
- When the feast is ready, pause.
Pause. Rest in presence. Be grateful for bounty.
Absorb the bounty with all 5 of senses.
- Drink in the aromas.
- Hear the chatter and excitement.
- Feel the we-space between you all.
- Receive the vibrant colors and textures on the table with your eyes.
- Taste. Savor. Delight. Taste the love and the effort.
Eat with gratitude for our abundance. Eat the Earth’s abundance and celebrate the connection.
Enjoy the noursihment. Taste all 6 rasas, or flavors.
Contribute to the conversation with enhancing connectivity. Bring people together. Be grounded and inspiring.
The back to hot water and lemon.
Ayurveda 201: How to Feast + Party
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