5 Benefits of Early Dinner
Let’s touch upon one aspect of yogic lifestyle; Having your dinner within half an hour of the sunset! At our yoga teacher training program, we try to incorporate yogic habits; There are certain sections of society in India who have their dinner within half an hour of sunset. Knowingly or unknowingly they are doing a great service to themselves. This practice is actually totally attuned with nature. Humans are not nocturnal creatures (a separate discussion required for that topic ). They should ideally wake up within half an hour of sunrise and start preparing for sleep after sunset. Let’s assume the dinner is taken between 7pm-7.30pm and we go to bed by 10 pm. What are the benefits?
1. Better Sleep Quality
Sleep quality will be much better. Since there is a gap of 2-2.5 hrs between our last meal and our sleep, the primary digestion has already taken place and the digestive system won’t be working overtime during sleep. Hence, the digestive system gets much-required sleep. Moreover, this practice also reduces oversleeping. The bodily systems work less, get required rest and hence need less time to recuperate and work more efficiently.
2. Weight Loss
This practice helps reduce weight loss and triggers the metabolism. There have been several studies which have proven the above-stated fact. This practice automatically leads to Intermittent Fasting. During the state of fasting, the body fulfills its energy demands from the stored body fat instead of the glucose in the fed state. Therefore, metabolism is triggered which leads to better weight management. It is also found to be especially beneficial for diabetic patients. I.F. has been proved to provide a host of benefits including a better immune system and cellular regeneration & repair
3. Relief from Constipation
If you are suffering from constipation, this practice should improve your chances for a better dump significantly. Reason being a more functionally effective digestive system which has recuperated from a full night’s rest. This practice would also help people fighting with flatulence.
4. Feel Energetic
You feel lighter and more energetic in the morning. Less trouble getting up from the bed. You wake up early and utilize the most productive time of the day. Your workout session or your yoga practice; all activities will be more fruitful and effective. Additionally, you become more flexible, too
5. Better Appetite.
You will not be skipping the most important meal of the day i.e. breakfast for sure. Moreover, your overall appetite becomes more balanced. The age-old proverb says breakfast like a king, have lunch like a commoner and dine like a pauper. This is great advice for healthy living in the above proverb.
Regardless of the vast health benefits of the above practice, it might not be practical for a lot of people because of work-related issues, etc. Hence, they should at least try to avoid carbohydrates after sunset; this too would be highly beneficial. Excess of carbs in the diet leads to a host of problems including early aging and wrinkles. Consequently, alternatives to carbs at dinner are seasonal vegetables and fruits, soups, lentils, buttermilk, etc. While it takes a little bit of doing in the initial days, this practice is totally worth it. However, most of us do not eat when hungry but when we think we are hungry.
There has been a lot of research on this subject in a lot of western countries. Most results show this practice in a very favorable light. Seems like yogis of the yore knew about the benefits and hence propagated this practice At our Yoga Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training India at Arohan Yoga School; we encourage to incorporate this yogic practice. Moreover, it also constitutes a part of the preparation for other detoxification techniques like laghu shankhaprakshalana or intestinal wash. For more information log onto www.arohanyoga.com