Always tired .. (Part 2)
The role of nutrition
Power, the fuel of your engine plays a crucial role in this. Which food should you take, you may wonder? First, this is different for each person because everyone is different. Ayurveda is based on the doshas: Vata, Pitta & Kapha and you choose the food that suits your prominent doshas. To get an indication of which doshas are prominent with you, you can take ayuronics dosha balance test that you receive when you sign up for our newsletter at www.ayuronics.com .
General nutritional guidelines
But there are also general nutritional guidelines that we want to share with you. First, eat fresh and avoid ready meals or processed foods. The fresher the better: it is best from the vegetable garden to the pan, but that is not feasible for most people. So buy it fresh in the supermarket or better yet in the organic vegetable markets, where you can be sure that it is grown responsibly without poison. So avoid the jars or canned vegetables and the food with additives, dyes, preservatives, etc.
Second, use herbs. Most herbs aid digestion and thus increase your strength. I think that has to take with it from pepper your digestion will get a boost. But you can also easily use other spices: ginger, mustard seed, cumin, turmeric, coriander, celery seed. We have also written a blog explaining only about the spices: you could please check the blog index.
Third, make your lunch your main meal. It used to be normal for people to eat hot at lunchtime. Now that is no longer the case because many people live far from work and life has become “more efficient”. But there was a reason for hot lunch in the afternoon. Then it digests better. At that moment there is the most activity in nature and therefore also in your body. And so you can digest the meal in the afternoon.
In the evening you take a smaller meal. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to digest a full meal in the evening. At that time your body will live towards its night mode and will become more and more quiet. If it has to digest a large meal then the natural rhythm is disturbed.
Fourth, don’t eat too much. Eat only what you need and when you are hungry. Eat three meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and if you get hungry in between, have a snack in between but keep it limited. If you are 80% full after a meal then it is enough. Do not eat around a barrel that has adverse effects on your digestion. If you don’t feel like breakfast e.g. then you have a chance that your digestion is already disrupted. In the western countries people are used to eating way too much.
Fifth, some ingredients do not mix well and interfere with digestion, so it is better to avoid them. I’ll give you some: Yogurt and fruit together. I would avoid yogurt anyway if you suffer from fatigue, it dampens digestion and blocks your energy. Milk in combination with bread (yes really), meat or fruit. It is better not to take cow’s milk for a while if you suffer from fatigue. Take an alternative e.g. almond milk. I would also advise against eggs in combination with cheese(paneer), meat or fish. Leave cheese (Paneer) for a while, most people like it but it is difficult to digest. Red meat is also not recommended when you are tired, it takes a lot of energy to digest. If you want meat take chicken or poultry.
And finally: sugar & coffee. Refined sugars (the white sugar we all know and the sugars in almost all sweet products) provide a short-lived energy boost. Your blood sugar level rises quickly and then collapses again. This is not good for your body and ultimately costs energy. Therefore choose natural sweeteners such as jaggery powder, coconut flour sugar or rice syrup.
These are broken down more slowly in your body and you get energy more gradually. Coffee works the same, you get a boost for a while, but after that it only makes you more tired. Limit your coffee intake and opt for something else warm, such as tea. There are many types of tasty teas. Coffee is addictive and it can be difficult to leave it, but that is substance for another blog.
Chronic fatigue is also a complex problem, so we want to treat it carefully. That’s why we split our blog about fatigue into three parts. The next part is about external causes and then we will discuss things like mental stress, setting limits and your life path.
To be Continue….