Healthy and Unhealthy Eating Habits

How you eat is as important as what you eat. Here are some ‘s suggestions for healthy eating, followed by a list of habits to avoid.


  • Choose foods according to your constitution. They will nourish you and not aggravate your doshas.
  • Choose foods according to the season.
  • Eat fresh, sattvic food of the best quality you can afford.
  • Do not eat unless you feel hungry.
  • Do not drink unless you feel thirsty. If you are hungry and you drink instead of eating, the liquid will dissolve the digestive enzymes and reduce your gastric fire.
  • Sit, don’t stand, to eat.
  • When eating, eat. That is, don’t read, watch TV, or be distracted by too much conversation. Focus on the food.
    Chew well, at least 32 times per mouthful. This enables the digestive enzymes in the mouth to do their work properly.
  • Eat at a moderate speed. Don’t gobble your food.
  • Fill one-third of your stomach with food, one-third with water, and leave one-third empty.
  • Don’t eat more at a meal than the amount of food you can hold in two cupped hands. Overeating expands the stomach so that you will feel the need for additional food.
  • Overeating also creates toxins in the digestive tract.
  • During meals, don’t drink iced drinks or fruit juice, sip a little warm water between mouthfuls of food.
  • Honey should never be cooked. If it is cooked, the molecules become like a glue that adheres to mucous membranes and clogs the subtle channels, producing toxins.


  • Overeating
  • Eating too soon after a full meal
  • Drinking too much water, or no water, during a meal
  • Drinking very chilled water during a meal, or indeed at any time Eating when constipated
  • Eating at the wrong time of day, either too early or too late.
  • Eating too much heavy food or too little light food
  • Eating fruit or drinking fruit juice with a meal
  • Eating without real hunger
  • Emotional eating
  • Eating incompatible food combinations
  • Munching between meals
  • Incompatible Food Combinations