Ayurveda supports the famous saying “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
However, it does not say that breakfast should be the heaviest meal of the day. As explained in the previous post on when to eat, when the sun is at its peak, the digestive fire is at its maximum capacity. It means lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day.
Breakfast- Eat Like A King: King is old yet wealthy, so he would pick the best food that will give him the required nutrients. To break the fast in morning, one must eat balanced meal with all the major macro nutrients. You should include fruit, wholegrain, nuts & seeds, protein and fresh vegetables in your first meal of the day.
Lunch- Eat Like A Prince : Since Prince is young and wealthy, and has much better digestion than King. He will eat a well balanced and the heaviest meal. According to the Ayurveda scriptures, lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day. The sun is at its peak and so is the body’s digestive fire. If you want to indulge in sweets or a heavy outside meal, lunch time is ideal.
Dinner- Eat Like A Pauper: Since pauper is poor and cannot afford to eat a lot of food so dinner should be kept light. As per Ayurveda, the sun is about to set and body cannot digest a lot of food. Opt for soup or balanced yet one bowl meals.
Food Strictly Prohibited for Dinner
It includes banana, reddish, curd and cucumber. These are extremely cold natured food which body finds difficult to digest when sun is down.
In the next blog we will share an Ayurvedic checklist for healthy food.