I was recently invited to Jordan to speak about yogic wisdom on eating right and how eating according to traditional Indian food wisdom led to a lean body and a meditative mind. Eating what is local, fresh and seasonal, eating slowly and learning to stop before the stomach is stuffed is an integral aspect of leading a yogic lifestyle.
It’s also based on the common sense that only the person who digests the food should decide how much to eat, not some dietitian. Learning to eat till one feels light and energetic and not dull and torpid needs practice. Appetite is a moving entity and we are all differently hungry and that’s exactly why diets which reduce humans to a set of numbers—height, weight, calories—invariably backfire.
Arab culture has a beautiful system in place, one that is in tune with the yogic philosophy of eating light and right. You are only allowed either 1, 3, 5, 7—basically odd number of cups—for Arabian coffee with dates, both local to the region. This has an inbuilt system to respect the fact that the human stomach has different needs everyday and ensures that you don’t land up over-eating/drinking. On a day you feel like two cups of coffee, you stop at one, on a day you are feeling like four you stop at three, at all times leaving part of the stomach empty. It allows for easy movement of food within the stomach and leaves you feeling light in the body and meditative in the mind.
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Prophet Mohammed(pbuh)advised people to eat 1/3rd food and 1/3rdwater with the rest empty.Besides Arab food is not strong on spices and light on stomach that does not give acid reflex like the current Indian food.In the olden days the food in TN was extremely healthy due to the philosophy that says food is medicine and medicine is food.Yoga too originated in TN which was given all sorts of sanskrit names to make it look more like northern.
“Arab culture has … only allowed either 1, 3, 5, 7—basically odd number of cups … region. This has an INBUILT SYSTEM TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THE HUMAN STOMACH HAS DIFFERENT NEEDS” (HOW?) … “and ensures that you don’t land up over-eating/drinking”.
“On a day you feel like two cups of coffee, you stop at one ..., “
“On a day you are feeling like four you stop at three…”
WHAT DOES EVEN ODD HAS TO DO WITH EASY MOVEMENT AND LEAVING PART OF THE STOMACH EMPTY?
If I feel like three cup of coffee, and stop at two (that is even number ...)
On a day I am feeling like five I stop at four … (that is even number ...)
"You are only allowed either 1, 3, 5, 7—basically odd number of cups—for Arabian coffee with dates, both local to the region."
You mean you can have 1 cup of Arabian coffee and date 3 - both local to the region ?
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