Let’s touch upon one aspect of the yogic lifestyle: having your dinner early. There has been a lot of research on this subject and most results show that having your last meal within half an hour after the sunset is the best eating habit you can stick to.
There are certain sections of the society in India who have their dinner within half an hour of sunset. It seems like yogis of the yore knew about the benefits of an early dinner and propagated this practice.
Knowingly or unknowingly, they were doing a great service. Eating an early dinner is a practice that is totally attuned with nature. Humans are not nocturnal creatures, we should ideally wake up within half an hour of sunrise and start preparing for sleep not too long after dusk.
So, let’s assume nightfall is around 6:30 pm, we have dinner at 7 pm and go to bed by 10 pm. Can you imagine the benefits this routine? Let us show you all that you’re missing if you don’t have this habit.
1. Better Sleep Quality
Sleep quality will be much better. Since there is a gap of 2-2.5 hours between our last meal and our sleep, the primary digestion has already taken place and the digestive system won’t be working overtime during sleep. Hence, the digestive system gets much-required sleep.
Moreover, it also reduces oversleeping. The body systems work less, which means they also need less time to recuperate and work more efficiently.
2. Weight Loss
During the state of fasting, the body fulfills its energy demands from the stored body fat instead of the glucose in the fed state. Therefore, metabolism is triggered, which leads to better weight management. It is also found to be especially beneficial for diabetic patients and it even promotes cellular regeneration and a better immune system and cellular regeneration.
3. Relief from Constipation
If you are suffering from constipation, early dinner should improve your chances for a better dump significantly. Reason being a more functionally effective digestive system which has recuperated from a full night’s rest. This practice would also help people fighting with flatulence.
4. Feel Energetic
You feel lighter and more energetic in the morning. Less trouble getting up from the bed. You wake up early and utilize the most productive time of the day. Your workout session or your yoga practice; all activities will be more fruitful and effective.
5. Better Appetite.
It’s more likely that you will not be skipping the most important meal of the day (i.e. breakfast). Your overall appetite becomes more balanced. The age-old proverb says breakfast like a king, have lunch like a commoner and dine like a pauper. There is a great advice for healthy living in this proverb.
Regardless of the vast health benefits of the above practice, it’s understandable that it might not be practical for a lot of people because of work-related issues. Hence, you should at least try to avoid carbohydrates after sunset; this too would be highly beneficial.
Excess of carbs in the diet leads to a host of problems, including early aging and wrinkles. Consequently, alternatives to carbs at dinner are seasonal vegetables and fruits, soups, lentils, buttermilk, etc. While it takes a little bit of doing in the initial days, this practice is totally worth it.
At Arohan Yoga School, you can start to incorporate this yogic practice. Furthermore, it also constitutes a part of the preparation for other detoxification techniques like laghu shankhaprakshalana or intestinal wash that you can learn during the yoga programs.
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