Ayurvedic Guide to Eating Out

AYURVEDA: Ayurvedic Advice for Eating Out

It is fun and enjoyable to eat out with friends, but restaurant food is often designed to entice and stimulate the taste buds rather than support long term health goals. At restaurants, food usually has to appeal to a broad range of individuals and may not support your unique constitution. Sometimes as a result we may experience gas, bloating, heartburn, sometimes constipation, sleep disruption and a little weight gain or puffiness from the excess use of salt.

However we can still make some right choices when eating out and maintain our Ayurvedic eating principles. If you can, have your meal at lunch time, or in the early evening, followed by an evening walk to help you digest the food. Your body is better able to digest food earlier in the day, process toxins and burn off any excess calories.

Choose a healthy restaurant, if you can, that is known for freshly prepared, seasonal, local food. Eat lightly and simply in the meals both before and after your restaurant meal and don’t let yourself get too hungry before you eat out. At the restaurant, eat a responsible portion of food and order vegetable side dishes or incorporate a salad. The roughage of the salad helps elimination, the bitter taste increases bile production and flushes the gall bladder, helping you digest heavy fats, and the sour taste of vinegar in the salad dressing helps in fat metabolism by stimulating bile production. Chew your food well, as saliva has digestive enzymes. Order hot water with lemon as it cultivates digestive fire and the sour taste of lemon improves digestion. Don’t drink ice water, cold or carbonated drinks as they extinguish digestive fire, disrupting the digestive process. Favour simpler foods with fewer ingredients that are easier to digest, and avoid the complimentary bread and butter. Minimise cream sauces, excessive cheese, carbs, fried food and too much salt especially if you are trying to lose weight. Black pepper and ginger will help digestion, as will the parsley garnish.

It’s also important to focus on being thankful for the food provided and enjoy the quality time spent with your loved ones and friends, have fun, laugh a lot and don’t worry excessively about the food. Food is an important way to build relationships, and having friends and socialising is also excellent for your health and happiness, so enjoy it!

The Power of Reiki


Reiki is a natural and simple healing method that allows you to absorb more life force energy. The Reiki method vitalises your life force and balances the energies in your body. This natural healing energy flows in a powerful and concentrated form through the hands of the Reiki Therapist. In “laying on” of the hands directs the healing energy into the body of the receiver.

The Reiki Therapist is used as a channel to conduct the Universal Life Energy. As a result the therapist is simultaneously charged and strengthened, not at all being drained of the therapists personal energy.

Reiki energy is regarded, as life force energy at it’s most effective. With maximum vibration it is considered to have an almost divine quality and as such includes everything, in a world where problems and disorders are deemed to be due to the feeling of detachment from the world.

Reiki used regularly can promote a more joyful life and lively feelings in the receiver, energy enhancement, peace and calm and existing conflicts within a person are broken down, producing clarity and greater vitality. An improved renewal of the natural processes within the body and removal of toxins are also enhanced and rendered more effective. Energy blockages are removed allowing flow of life force energy throughout the body. As toxins and other waste products are removed from the body’s vital processes, body organs and functions become more highly tuned. When the body takes in more and more life energy, it is said that its frequency becomes higher, facilitating contact with the Universal Spirit and generating trust in the universal life force energy.

Reiki also gives you courage to change the things in your life that you would like to change. Reiki gives you more power and the energy to act and think more responsibly in your life. It will speed up your physical, mental and emotional healing and also increase your spiritual growth.

This ancient art developed in the nineteenth century in Japan is as ever useful now in our more complex and busy world as it was in the time of its conception.

There is no right or wrong way to use Reiki. Reiki can do no wrong, it is beyond this. The Reiki energy has no conditions, or right or wrongs with it. If you become confused with all the conflicting information about Reiki, remember one thing, it is our humanness that is confusing and conflicting, not the energy, the energy just is, it is pure, knows no competition, no comparison and love all equally.

Just for today,

Do no worry

Just for today,
No not anger

Just for today,
Earn your living honestly

Just for today,
Count your blessings

Just for today,
Be kind to all living things