Some of you may be wondering if our recipes are a good vegetarian meal plan for weight loss. The answer is that yes they can be if they are used in the right way.
Why do people put on weight?
People tend to put on weight because of mindless eating in front of the TV at night. You don’t even notice what you are eating. If you follow our plan and eat your larger meal at lunchtime instead of dinner, this will definitely help with your weight loss. At night time, we aren’t exercising and burning up the energy from our food, so that’s why we should eat less. That’s why our evening meals are a little smaller. If you eat more at night, you will accumulate it as fat. Eating early at night – ideally before 7:30pm will give you time to digest your food before bed.
Ayurveda says that if you eat at lunch-time you will be more in tune with Agni – your digestive fire. It is at its strongest at noon (non-daylight savings time).
Ayurveda says that the larger the person, the larger the meal they should eat. So if you eat what your cupped hands can hold, this is the right proportion for you.
Eat mindfully and without distractions
To gain maximum benefit and to lose the most weight, you should try and reduce your distractions whilst eating. Sit in a quiet place with no TV. Focus on chewing each mouthful well. Listen to your body and if you feel satisfied, stop eating. And only ever eat when you feel hungry. If necessary, skip the meal entirely and only eat when you are hungry.
Don’t add any extras to your meals
Not everyone that uses our Ayurvedic meal kits wants to lose weight. That’s why we suggest things they might like to add to their meals – things they may have at home and that aren’t part of the kit. For example, milk, yogurt, cheese, olive oil, nuts, sweeteners and so on. However, if you are tying to lose weight, you shouldn’t add anything extra. Because the meals contain all six tastes, they should be satisfying in and of themselves.
Keep well hydrated
We recommend that when you are get up in the morning, after you have brushed your teeth and done some yoga, that you should drink a lot of filtered water. For example, three or four large glasses. Then wait and hour before eating. This will help keep your body cleansed.
With your meals, sip a little water – either room temperature or hot water. Keep in mind that coffee and tea are diuretics and talk water out of your cells, so if you drink them you will need to drink even more water during the day to replenish the water they take from your system.
Skip the sugar
Our meals are healthy in that they don’t include any cane sugar. However, a couple of them do include coconut sugar. If you are trying to lose weight, simply don’t put it in the meal. It will still taste good. You may also decide to include less of the raisins, dates and figs as they are high in calories and aren’t an essential part of the meal.
Forget about salads
A lot of people erroneously think that to lose weight they should eat more salad. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Ayurveda says cooked food is easier to digest and more satisfying. I think we have all experienced that half an hour after eating a salad, we feel hungry again. And often the salads contain things that aren’t healthy like salad dressings that are full of hidden sugars, sweetened cranberries, sugar coated nuts and so on. So forget salads, focus on cooking small Ayurvedic meals with all six tastes – sweet, sour, salty, astringent, pungent and bitter, so that every mouthful satisfies all that our body’s crave.
Stick to the meal plan for weight loss
If you are careful to prepare and eat your meals, you should feel satisfied and not feel the need to reach for additional snacks – other than the ones our menu includes. If you want to lose weight in a hurry, you could skip all of the snacks we include and just give them a friend. But try and not make yourself feel deprived. It might be better to just halve the snack rather than deprive yourself of it altogether. You don’t want to end up in a diet and then binge – yo yo diet.
Start exercising more
Start going for long walks – ideally in the morning. You may also like to go for a 20 minute slow digestive walk after meals. Or if it’s too hot, go for a walk in a swimming pool.
Consult with your doctor if necessary, but consider slowly ramping up your exercise regime to burn more calories that way. For example, I love the Wim Hof Method and I start my day with a few breathing rounds, push-ups (increasing a couple more each day) and yoga.
Start seeing yourself as a healthy person
Eating healthy organic food shows you are taking care of yourself. Part of becoming slim and trim is seeing yourself as that sort of person and identifying yourself as such. Someone like the new you won’t be tempted by junk food like chocolates. Someone like the new you will get their thrills from healthy things like a really ripe mango or a savory dish like Upma. Once you start craving savory things rather than sweet, you will know you have really changed and are fully on the path to a long and healthy life.