Midday Lunch – Ayurvedic food is used to sustain balance in the body and as a medicine to heal. It is suggested that lunch is the largest meal, as our digestive fire is at its strongest. Taking the time to bring a homemade lunch fuels the mind and body to sustain balance and create mental clarity. Even though processed food is more convenient to pack, it can be laced with harmful additives and chemicals. Processed food lacks prana (life force) and intelligence that can disturb the intellectual rhythms. On the other hand, pure cooked food promotes balance and is easier to digest and absorb nutrients. This gives us strength to make it through a mentally challenging day. This is equally important as you send your children off to school. A balanced child is better able to handle the emotional ups and downs of their school day.
- Use a thermos to store a freshly cooked meal.
- Try homemade soups and stews.
- Experiment with rice, bean, and vegetable combinations.
- Find options that are likable and easy to prepare in the morning.
- Save fruit for a snack.
In Ayurveda which literally translates to science of life in Sanskrit, it is recommended not to pair fruit with other food, making fruit the perfect after school or work snack option.
Midday Intelligence – Now that you have nourished your body it is time to attend to your brain. Take a few minutes to stretch or go for a walk. Quiet your mind by paying attention to each of your feet touching the ground feeling your feet stretch. Try meditating, focusing on your breathing, or making a mental gratitude list. Visualize how you will interact with your child when you greet them after school. Formulate a few questions you can use to really interact with your children.
Here are a few questions and leads to get you started:
- Tell me about the best part of your day.
- What was the hardest part of your day?
- Who did you eat lunch with or play with on the playground?
As the new school year is upon us and for our own well-being, it is critical to utilize our energy in the most effective and efficient ways. Nobody likes the midday slump, but with the slightest efforts Ayurvedic or Ayurveda can be utilized to energize your family’s day at work or school.
If you would like to add mindful energy to your day, contact me about my Make a Great Day! Program. Individual and company wide sessions are available.