What I eat for breakfast - on an Ayurvedic diet
A discipline that has always been hard for me has been eating breakfast.
I’ve always been told that breakfast should be your biggest meal, or that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or that breakfast is when you should be taking in your sugars for the day…
And while that may be true for some people, that never really helped me reach my goals.
On top of it not feeling worth it, I would also wake up feeling nauseous and sometimes even wake up vomiting. This would lead me to skip breakfast altogether, leaving me ravenously hungry by noon. I would then choose a heavy comfort food and find myself nauseous again by dinner time. Of course I would then justify not eating because I was “still full” from lunch.
Do you see the cycle here?
Disordered eating comes in many forms. What helps me stay on track is preplanning. I preplan meal times, what exactly I will eat, and I think through how that food might make me feel - preparing myself for potential outcomes.
I have tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way for managing foods that might trigger something unpleasant for me, so I take them into consideration when I’m planning as well.
(I feel like I could dive into these tips and tricks for an entire blog post so I’m just going to make a separate post later. Stay tuned!)
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So with all that being said, I began to learn about Ayurvedic beliefs and daily habits. They talk about how our body is on a clock. Each organ system does different functions throughout the day. It’s very cyclical.
This means that if you can learn your internal clock, you can actually assist your body in digesting and functioning as it’s strongest self.
A basic rule of thumb according to Ayurveda is to eat according to what time of day it is.
So, from 6am/pm-10am/pm is earth-water time. This means that your digestion will be slower at these times, you will be in a heavier state. You will be winding down for sleep, or you will have just started your day. Moving slowly and peacefully. This time brings feelings of comfort and nurture. You may crave sweeter heavier foods during these times as they assist in feelings of warmth, comfort, and sleep.
From 10am/pm-2pm/am is fire-water time. This means that your digestion is at it’s strongest. Think of it as a roaring fire, ready to break down whatever you toss into it. This is when you will feel your boldest or most motivated. Your digestion is ready and ravenous. You’re ready to tackle the day and get stuff done. This time may be your most energetic time of day. You may crave spicier, saltier, or bolder flavors during this time. These tastes stoke the flames of your digestion and bring feelings of heat, motivation, and energy.
From 2pm/am-6pm/am is air-space time. This means that your digestion is cooling off a bit, but your mind is becoming the most active its been. This is a very spiritual time, especially the AM portion. They say that this is when meditation is the purest, and your mind is the freest to accept new ideas, dreams, and spiritual direction. During the PM hours you may find yourself more distracted or spacey. You may feel more creative and whimsical during these times, having a hard time staying on one task and completing it. Suddenly that afternoon cup of coffee is calling your name and you can barely resist. You may have an intense craving for something sweet or crunchy, as these tastes promote feelings of lightness, creativity, and big dreams.
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So obviously none of this is an exact science all day everyday. But as I leaned into my body and listened carefully, I began to see similar patterns. Except that I noticed I was heavily imbalanced in a very specific element combination.
Earth-water in my physical body, and air-space in my mind.
So what did this mean for me?
Well, physically I was lethargic, slow moving, groggy, and rapidly gaining weight.
Mentally I was easily distracted, overly creative and whimsical, never able to complete a task before I was on to the next, anxious, often daydreaming to escape reality.
Ayurveda calls these element combinations Kapha (earth-water) and Vata (air-space).
Popular blogger and podcaster Sahara Rose has done an incredible job of bringing these ancient practices to our modern lives. I’ve learned almost everything I know about Ayurveda from her. She wrote two incredible books called “Idiots Guide to: Ayurveda” and “Eat Feel Fresh for your Mind-Body Type” (you can buy them through my Amazon affiliate links and get them for 32% off their listed price).
In Eat Feel Fresh she provides easy to follow tips, and tricks for meal prepping, what spices and staple ingredients to keep in your house at all times, and how to prepare your meal according to your specific Mind-Body type.
The recipe I’m sharing with you today is straight from Sahara’s book Eat Feel Fresh. She has an entire chapter dedicated to delectable Breakfast meals such as Chai Pancakes made from Quinoa flour, Smoothie bowls, Om’meal (her twist on oatmeal), Sweet Potato “Toast”, and so much more!
Today I’m sharing her recipe for Chia Seed Pudding. This is my favorite because it’s an overnight-prep meal. Super easy to make, as all I have to do is combine the chia seeds with my choice of alternative milk. She talks about specific spices to mix in for your body type, and what toppings you could add fresh in the morning.
So without further ado, let’s dive right into the recipe!
(This next portion is copied verbatim from Eat Feel Fresh by Sahara Rose. None of it is from me and I do not claim the rights to this recipe.)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: Overnight in the fridge
You will need:
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (my favorite is flax milk)
3 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
1/2 cup raspberries
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
4 drops liquid monk fruit sweetener
1) In a small bowl, combine non-dairy milk, chia seeds, and the ingredients (except toppings)
2) Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight. (the chia seeds will become more gelatinous the longer they soak.)
3) Before serving, stir well. Add the toppings and enjoy!
I love this recipe because I’m busy. My entire day is time blocked to the max and as much as I would love to make a full breakfast, I just don’t have the time. But I need something packed with nutrients, spices, and easily digestible qualities to wake up my digestive fire and get me prepared to eat my lunch.
I usually pair this breakfast with a warm cup of Ginger or decaf Chai Tea and honey. Sometimes I crave extra fruit so I’ll pack a container of mixed berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries). If I’m eating this at home with plenty of time I’ll lightly scramble 2 farm fresh eggs cooked in sesame oil. This ensures that I’ve gotten all the fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and spices that I need for my day.
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