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Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Hindu Attitude Towards Food And Eating?

 The act of eating is filled with cultural importance and messages all throughout the globe, and Hindu culture is no different. 

Given their great focus on purity, Hindus place a high value on food preparation and eating. 

Individual and group social status is communicated by factors such as who one eats with, who may cook one's meal, and what sorts of food one will consume and how it should be prepared. 

The highest-status tribes, particularly brahmins, are the tightest when it comes to eating habits. 

For the most part, such high-status groups follow the commensality principle, which entails only consuming food prepared by members of their social group. 

There is a significant difference between vegetarian and nonvegetarian diets when it comes to the substance of one's food. 

A strictly vegetarian diet signifies greater status, whereas nonvegetarians have different levels of status based on the sorts of meat they consume. 

Every meal is a potential source of ceremonial contamination for Orthodox Hindus, and it must be properly controlled. 

Food cooked in water is seen to be significantly more sensitive to pollution (ashaucha), therefore it is accepted with more caution, but food fried in oil or ghee is thought to be lot more resistant to pollution and hence a lower source of ritual risk. 

From a religious standpoint, the safest meal is one that is prepared and consumed at home. 

You may also want to read more about Hinduism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.

19 Step Mindfulness Eating Exercise

Now we'll move away from bodily mindfulness and hearing mindfulness and focus on the sensations of taste, smell, and sight, beginning with the food we eat. 

“Let us establish ourselves in the present now, eating in such a way that solidity, joy, and tranquility be attainable at the time of eating,” says renowned Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Eating allows you to feed your body while also feeding your mindfulness practice. 

“To be entirely involved with what you are doing right now is the actual secret of life. And instead of calling it work, acknowledge that it is actually play.” 

This technique can be done in any position, however being motionless while eating is beneficial. 

This reduces distracting stimuli and allows you to concentrate on the event. This may be done with any food. 


  1. Starting with something simple, such as raisins, berries, or a handful of your favorite vegetables, is a good place to start. Begin by visually observing the meal. 
  2. Take note of the many colors, shapes, and sizes. Observe your want to consume while you gaze at the food. There's nothing wrong with being hungry, but desires should be allowed to come and go. 
  3. Return your attention to the meal. After that, look into the food's odor. Some meals have more potent odors than others, and you may need to hold the meal up to your nose to detect them. 
  4. Allow yourself to be fully immersed in the sensation of smelling. 
  5. Simply refocus your attention to the fragrance in front of you when your mind begins to want. 
  6. Take a minute before you eat to appreciate the energy that went into its creation. People toiled to cultivate and deliver this food to you. Nutrients, rainfall, and sunshine were all given by Mother Nature. 
  7. Perhaps someone else prepared, cleaned, or packaged it for you. Bring to recall all of the energy that came together to produce this meal from numerous sources. Slowly take up the food now. 
  8. If you're using any utensils, pay attention to the sensation of touch as you use them. Consider how the food or utensil in your hand feels. 
  9. Is the meal cold, heated, stiff, or soft? 
  10. Observe your impulse to chew and swallow fast as you place the food in your mouth. Instead, begin by feeling the food's temperature. 
  11. Can you feel the form of the food in your mouth? Take note of the texture of the meal as you begin to chew. Do you notice any changes while you chew? 
  12. Take note of the tastes. You could find it difficult to do more than name what you're eating, such as "It's a raspberry." 
  13. Make an effort to delve a bit deeper. Is there a variety of flavors? 
  14. As you continue to chew, pay attention to how the flavors change. 
  15. Tune in to the sensation of swallowing when you swallow each bite. How does it feel as the food passes down your throat? 
  16. You could also feel compelled to take another taste right away. 
  17. Take a moment to see whether any flavor lingers in your tongue. You may keep eating this way as long as you remind yourself to slow down and be present. 
  18. Continue to notice any new sights, scents, tastes, sensations, or ideas that come to mind. 
  19. Allow yourself to feel grateful for the food that is sustaining your body after you have finished eating. Allow your thoughts to relax into a sense of gratitude for the energy and life around you. 

What to When you Start to Hurry while Eating?

Mindful eating is a patience-testing practice that also demands some self-control. 

  • If you try to eat slowly, you may find that you have a strong desire to eat faster. 
  • Most of us normally begin preparing our next piece of food while still eating our previous meal. 
  • Slow eating is the cornerstone of mindful eating. Simply pause, breathe, and slow down if a hunger takes over.

You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.

Ideal Yoga Diet

The diet, along with a healthy outlook, is one of the most important aspects of yoga. It is strongly recommended that you do your yoga session approximately 2 hours after eating a main meal. 

  1. All experts believe that what we eat has an effect on both our physical image and our overall wellbeing. To put it another way, it's important to keep track of what we eat in order to avoid infections and discomforts.
  2. However, for many people, the issue of what good eating entails continues to be a source of confusion. A well-balanced diet, according to reputable reports, is the best nutrient for any human organism.
  3. Fruits and vegetables, which are high in fiber and vitamins, can, however, be a permanent part of your everyday diet. Furthermore, when it comes to maintaining your health, something that can be classified as natural food is advised.
  4. Despite the fact that many people want to consume as little as possible because they feel food will hurt them, you must remember that the body requires nutrients to work properly. 
  5. Nonetheless, even though you are eating nutritious food, should not overeat and it would not have the same positive effect on you. 
  6. Try to stop feeding when you're no longer hungry, or even better, until you've reached maximum saturation. You will notice that the feeling of exhaustion that we often feel after eating is significantly reduced, while the energy level increases significantly.

Another concern with diet is how much a good person can feed.

  • Is it enough to eat three times a day? 
  • Can we forego dinner in order to avoid being overweight as a result of little movement during the night? 
  • Is it easier not to eat lunch so that you don't have to cope with the uncomfortable feeling of hunger that we get after serving a consistent meal in the middle of the day? 

Ok, the correct solution to both of these questions is to eat anytime you are hungry, since your body needs food to work at the level you want, but pay attention to what you are consuming and how much you are eating.

Food can be more than just a source of energy; it can also be a means of purifying one's body and spirit, which is why, in addition to the variety of workouts, yoga instructors advise students to maintain a healthy diet focusing primarily on natural foods. This protects their bodies from poisons while also preparing them to find synchronization with their souls and minds, which is one of the key aims of yoga.

Finally, in order to achieve your goals, it is important to meditate on both what you are doing to your own body as a direct result of the food you are consuming, and how well you adapt to your soul's and mind's needs when practicing yoga on a regular basis.