Not Just What, Take Care of When As Well!
People spend days tweaking their diet plans. Some believe in eating 6 times a day in small portions, some continue with 3 meals a day system. Instead of going by some cool trend or examining one more supposedly groundbreaking study, let's look at how it used to be since no variable can defeat what stood test of time!
In ancient times, there was no concept of dinner in India, but due to constant invasions, most routines and rituals based on solid science have been altered.
Our daily diet schedule used to be,
3. Phalahara, which meant
1. Breakfast, 2. Lunch, and 3. Snacks around evening before 7pm.
Thankfully, many village folks still have maintained this routine, they have their light dinner around 6pm, go to sleep at 10pm and get up at 4am in the morning.
There was no concept of dessert too, as sweets get served first. Reason being, when a person is hungry, the digestive enzymes and acids are highly active so sweets with high calories and carbs are digested first, and when the acids get passive, the rest of the meal gets served.
Serving sweets first also helps in reducing the hunger resulting in less food being eaten by folks. Maybe this practice was adopted by Indians to make some economic gains? Who knows, but we sure are a bunch of crafty people. :)
In Yogic Sutras, it's mentioned to maintain a gap of minimum 4 hours between dinner and sleep. The idea behind this is, before your body is in horizontal/resting position, the food should be out of your stomach and into digestive tract.
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