Siddha Diet and Food recommendations - Dr. Selva Shanmugham

The next part of our health and wellness program is diet and food, so conscious eating is a very important part. The ideal time for taking food is mentioned in this life break. The ideal time for breakfast is 6.45 AM to 7.30 AM, lunch around 1 pm, and if you really need dinner, take dinner in very minimal quantity from 6.30 to 7.00 pm. The next very, very important thing is avoidable food items. Completely avoid white sugar and table salt; try to reduce chili and increase the usage of pepper, garlic, and ginger. Try to reduce tamarind and increase the usage of Cambogia. So, instead of using white sugar, you can use honey, palm sugar, and fruits. It doesn't produce any side effects for diabetes, hypertension, and heart diseases. Avoid table salt, use sea salt, rock salt, or black salt. This is the first step to avoid food items, and you can also avoid refined oils and multi-purpose flour, artificial sweetness, and artificial coloring agents. Take natural fruits, natural homemade sweets, and homemade preparations. This is our one herbal combination. This combination is also available on our website. There is a curry leaf, dried ginger, thymol seed or carom seed; in Tamil, it is called omam; asafoetida, cumin seed, pepper, and fennel seed. This combination of herbal powder can prevent many diseases; it enhances digestive power and immune power. It also reduces the toxic effects of some unknown metabolic products.

Many people skip breakfast, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, don't skip breakfast; the ideal breakfast time is 06:45-07:30 am. Early morning waking up and breakfast are crucial for preventing communicable and non-communicable diseases.

The next thing is Neer Aakaram, cold rice fermented water. It contains essential amino acids, trace metals, trace elements, and nutritive materials from the whole rice fermented water, producing many health benefits. Recent researchers have published materials in recent medical journals indicating that it removes toxins from our body, alleviates constipation and dullness, and regulates blood pressure. After using this for three months, the body feels less tired and fresh throughout the day, removing allergic or toxic materials, ultimately improving mental health. It also helps in maintaining a youthful and radiant look, so use whole rice fermented water.

The next part is conscious eating. So, you eat without distractions, no cell phones, no TV, no work while eating, no computer, no newspaper, and no smartphone. Don't eat while driving or working at your desk. Many are now working from home in the current pandemic situations. So, don't use the desktop table as a dining table. Don't eat while driving and working at your desk and the computer table. These are very important things for conscious eating. Eat with five sense organs; this is the key factor for conscious eating. Eat in a sitting position, eat very slowly, and enjoy every bite. Eat with five sense organs. For example, if you eat a green gram sweet ball, put the green gram sweet ball in your mouth and close your eyes. Do not bite immediately; notice the texture, temperature, and taste of the sweet ball firstly, and then begin chewing slowly. Notice how your jaw moves each time you chew; follow slowly and sense the movement of the muscles in your throat and tongue. Take a deep breath and open your eyes. So, the five sense organs are observing our eating; this green gram sweet ball. You may find it helpful to do a similar exercise with the first bite of each meal. So, this is a very important thing for conscious eating.

The difference between mindless eating and mindful eating is that you listen to your body and stop when full, eating when your body's natural signs tell us to eat, like low energy and hunger. Eat with others, always eat with others, share the food, and eat at a specific time and place. Eat nutritionally healthy and native food, so use raw materials grown in your area. Surroundings and native food are ideal for your body; it is compatible with our fundamental tissues and compatible with the bioenergetic principles present in our body. So, concentrate on food only while eating; these are all the fundamental rules of mindful eating.