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The Importance of a Good Lunch

The Importance of a Good Lunch

We all do it: skip lunch or rush through it because there’s too much to do. The afternoon slides by in a haze of hard work. Research studies have shown that more than 44 percent of office-workers in America routinely skip lunch so that they can run errands or get work-related stuff out of the way.

Then night rolls in, and the side effects of a missed lunch start to hit. The symptoms:  you feel tired, irritable, constipated, and keep tossing and turning in bed.

Guess what: eating a good lunch could rid you of  your digestion woes for good.

Why Lunch Matters

By noon, your hard-working body has exhausted its supply of energy, and needs refuelling. If you deny it, or worse, try to compensate with coffee and something sugary, you’re setting yourself up for nutritional disaster. Things worsen when you eat a big dinner to make up for the day’s demands. I used to be among those who preferred to run errands during lunch-time, until I met an ayurvedic physician and learned how unfair I was being to myself.

Timing is Everything

Ancient ayurvedic healers observed that your digestive fire, called agni in Sanskrit,  follows the same rhythm as the sun. It ignites in the morning, intensifies at noon, and dims in the evening. When the sun is strongest, our digestive fire is also at its peak. So, reset your meal clock in rhythm with the sun’s energy, and you will never go wrong! Think about it: a satisfied tummy will not urge you to overeat at night. And your ‘agni’ will appreciate the opportunity to wind down and recharge for the next day–just like the sun.

All of nature lives and eats in accordance with this rhythm. It is only us humans who have created artificial lighting, unnecessary stress and pressures that play havoc with our basic nutritional needs. Don’t let that happen to you. Close that file, switch off your computer, and treat yourself to a good, healthful lunch.

In my next post, I will suggest how to put together the ideal ayurvedic lunch.

Upgrade Your Lunch

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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8:05AM PDT on May 30, 2012


12:47AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Just make sure it doesn't include sodium nitrite treated lunch meat.

7:58AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Thank you

2:21PM PDT on May 20, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:19PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Many thanks!

2:11AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thank you.

12:58PM PDT on May 18, 2012

good reminder

10:59PM PDT on May 11, 2012

thanks, great info from the Ayurvedic wisdom.

12:31AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Good, well balanced meals are always good.

6:54AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Thank you!

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