We all know that eating a balanced diet, not over-eating, and keeping a light stomach allow us to feel better. That is no secret. The secret lies in figuring out how to achieve this.
A light stomach for yoga is extremely beneficial. It brings flexibility, strength, as well as enhanced concentration. According to the yogis, the ideal way to keep a light stomach is by following this ratio during meal times: The stomach should be 1/2 full with food, 1/4 water, and 1/4 empty. Again a grand rule, yet not so easy to follow!
So then how to achieve that wonderful stand – eating to your heart’s delight yet keeping a light stomach. Well, there are some ideal strategies.
One recently published study put forth by Pennsylvania State University offers these excellent guidelines. Do check out the study / article as it is easy to read and offers many, practical day-to-day guidelines.
Then there is also Dr Dean Ornesh’s approach: Eat More, Weigh Less.
Whatever approach you choose, the one tenet that seems to hold true – and what I have found in my own life – is that food choice and selection is far more important than the amount you eat.
More and more are recommending a plant-based diet along with drinking plenty of water in between meals. While I could talk all day about the benefits (better digestion, natural weight loss, lower cholesterol, lower BP, elimination of heart-burn etc), it would be very interesting and probably more helpful to hear your successes, challenges, and aspirations.
Here’s to us all achieving that perfect balance through refining and redefining our lifestyle, and cultivating high ideals.