Ditch the LeftoversJune 22, 2015
Leftovers are a no-no, according to Ayurveda. This makes me a little sad. I used to love certain leftovers for lunch.
Unfortunately, once food has been cooked, cooled and then re-heated, the life-force (or prana) has left the food, and our bodies have to work much harder to digest it.
The same goes for frozen, canned, microwaved or packaged food. The fresher the food, the greater the prana and its healing properties.
Ditch the Leftovers
I got rid of my microwave years ago when I was still in NYC. Never missed it. When I moved last year I was greeted by a gigantic one in my new kitchen. What a waste of space! I don’t even use it to boil water.
When our food is not properly digested, ama (undigested food particles/toxins) builds up and begins to clog the channels in the body, setting the stage for disease.
For many (probably most of us) in this fast-paced culture that we live in, the thought of cooking each meal from scratch seems ludicrous and next to impossible. Especially if you’re a city-dweller without a garden in your backyard.
But the truth is, it just takes a little more thought and effort – learning proper portion size to eliminate waste – and the rewards are great. Most cities now have farmer’s markets, so this shouldn’t be an excuse.
Local, seasonal, and preferably organic food is the best possible fuel for our bodies.
Mother Nature is wise and provides us with just the right foods we need during each season.
Cooking for one can be really challenging. I don’t even like to cook. But I’ve managed to figure it out (for the most part).
I visit my local farmer’s market at least twice a week, try not to overbuy (This is the challenging part for me – everything looks so good!), and I compost any leftovers. I’ve even made an arrangement with a friendly farmer at the market to take my compost.
Try it for a few weeks and let me know how you do (and more importantly, how you feel).
And always remember that baby steps are better than no steps at all!
Even cutting in half the amount of frozen food or leftovers you eat will have a significant effect on your health.
I struggle to follow my own advice. It’s almost lunchtime and, truth be told, I want a tuna fish sandwich!