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Don't Skip Breakfast! The Ayurvedic Perspective

ISSUED // February 21

Don't Skip Breakfast! The Ayurvedic Perspective

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, fasting is not recommended because it irritates Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.

Skipping breakfast particularly irritates Sadhaka Pitta, a subdosha of Pitta responsible for maintaining an even temper and, when in balance, brings joy and contentment. An imbalanced Sadhaka Pitta can result in irritability and unsettled emotions. The ideal breakfast is light and easy to digest. The following ideas are delicious and easy to prepare. 

How to break the habit of skipping breakfast 

Many people are too busy in the morning to eat breakfast or just do not feel hungry. If you've been used to skipping breakfast, start with a little something each morning and work your way back to a healthy breakfast.

A good way to break the habit of skipping breakfast is to make and drink fresh fruit or vegetable juices and smoothies. Rehydrating the body with fresh, natural, and nourishing fluids will help you get a head start on a busy day.

Try a juiced blend of fresh carrot, cilantro and zucchini, or fresh sweet grape, apple, or pear juice. Pick ripe sweet fruit. Orange juice is not recommended on an empty stomach because it is too acidic.

Whichever fruit or vegetables you choose, fresh juice is always the best because it has prana, or life-giving energies. Also, the juice should ideally be at room temperature or slightly cool, never ice-cold.

Ayurvedic breakfast ideas 

There are many delicious options for what to eat for breakfast according to Ayurveda. Ayurveda says that fruit in the morning is like gold. This is the best time of day to get the maximum nourishment from fruit. Cooked apples, eaten first thing in the morning, help to create ojas—the final and most refined by-product of digestion. Ojas contributes to enhanced vitality, strength, immunity, and overall well-being.

Sweet juicy fruits are excellent cleansers—they help to eliminate impurities from the body. According to Ayurveda, it is recommended that fruits be eaten first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before other breakfast items such as hot cereal.

Other suggestions for breakfast include dried figs and raisins, soaked the night before or simmered with a little water for 30 minutes. Or try one of the following healthy combinations: dates with a small dab of ghee replacing the pit; chapati flat bread with raw honey and warm milk; or oatmeal with raisins. Replace coffee with Raja's Cup for a caffeine-free, antioxidant-rich beverage. 

Adding breakfast back to your daily routine doesn’t have to be complicated—simple, light meals like fruit, flatbread, or milk provide fuel without weighing down digestion first thing in the morning. For more breakfast inspiration, head to the Ayurvedic recipe blog!

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