Smaller Portions, Bigger Rewards

 Mini Meal in the Making: Cucumber Salad with Steamed Fish for breakfast

Mini Meal in the Making: Cucumber Salad with Steamed Fish for breakfast

I was always amazed at the amount of food on my grandmother's plate.  All my life I watched her eat small, satisfying portions, and I never saw her snack in between meals. She and my grandfather lived for 98 and 95 years, respectively, which prompted me to wonder:  Did the smaller plates contribute to their longevity? According to Ayurvedic medicine, absolutely. 

In  the ancient tradition of Ayurveda (the Science of Life), the amount of food we eat is key to maintaining good health.  "If you cup your two hands together and make them into a bowl, it's called an anjali. Two anjalis of food is the proper amount to fill each individual's stomach (one anjali for a child)," says Barbara Sinclair, an AADP certified Holistic Health Counselor and Energy Healing Practitioner based in New York.   "When we are finished eating, the contents of our stomach should be 1/3 food, 1/3 liquid — warm water or herbal tea is best — and 1/3 empty, which allows for proper digestion to occur."

To experience the full health benefits of eating appropriate portions of food, it is recommended that you eat slowly and in silence, which helps with digestion. "So many of the health problems today could be eliminated if we followed these simple Ayurvedic guidelines," says Sinclair.

The best way to discover if this works for you and your body is to try it, and always remember to listen to what your body and your physician are telling you. 

Barbara Sinclair is an AADP certified Holistic Health Counselor and Energy Healing Practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda (the Science of Life). After suffering with the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia for 6 years, Barbara was able to heal herself by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. To learn more, visit barbarasinclair.com.