Healthy Eating – 3 Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid

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Mistake 1 – Eating only salad to lose weight

In Ayurveda, we learn that digestive health is key and it's important to eat a variety of food. As the days get longer our thoughts often turn to shed a few pounds. Eating salad is often considered a quick and easy approach. But having only salad may not offer balance for our digestive systems.

Solution Go for moderation or small amounts depending on your digestive capacity. Understanding what your body type is and what your particular needs are will help you make choices for successful weight management.

Mistake 2 – Snacking on the run

When you lead a busy life, you tend to grab the first snack you see, which may not be the best solution for your body and mind.

Solution Plan ahead and stock up on snack choices like unsalted nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, carrot sticks etc. Make sure they are easy to find and ready to eat so they are waiting when you need them.

Mistake 3 – Going vegetarian and only eating dairy and soya for protein

As a vegetarian I'm all in favor of supporting those who wish to take this path. However, dairy or soya products can both be tough on the digestive system and make you feel heavy and tired if they are your only sources of protein.

Solution Variety is the most important concept when going to go vegetarian. Find out which foods support your particular body type. Nuts, seeds, pulses, and vegetables are all sources of protein that are lighter on the digestive system, especially if they suit your body type. Put a spring in your step with vegetarian variety!

Moderation, planning and variety are important for good nutrition as well as understanding your personal needs and catering for them. Did you know you find all of these practical principles and more in an Ayurveda diet?

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