When it comes to food, one of the most important things that you must be conscious of is – on a certain day when you eat a certain type of food, whatever you eat, you must consciously notice how quickly does it digest and become a part of yourself.
Any food that you eat, if it lasts over 3 hours, that means you have eaten bad food – and that is something to be either avoided or reduced in quantity. If food moves out of your stomach bag within 3 hours, this means you’re eating something that your system can handle efficiently. It may not be the best food, but your system is able to handle it.
And between one meal and the next meal, if you create a clear gap of 5-6 hours and in between if there is no other ingestion, you will see the cleansing process in the system on the cellular level, cleansing will happen. This cleansing on the cellular level is most important and significant for a healthful life. So between meals there must be at least 5-6 hours of space.
If you are over 30 years of age, two meals a day, two good meals a day will suffice. One in the morning and one in the evening. After the evening meal, before you go to bed, there must be a minimum of 3 hours. And if there is a certain amount of physical activity, not necessarily very heavy or strenuous activity – just simple walking, or maybe a dance or something like this. Create something for yourself where about at least 20-30 minutes there is some physical activity after the evening meal. If you do this, largely, your system will be healthy.
If you watch the natural cycles of the body, based on this natural cycle, once in one mandala, that is, one mandala is 40-48 days. In these 48 days, 3 days will happen where your body does not need food.
If that awareness is not there as to which say that is, for that in India they have fixed what is called as Ekadashi. That means 4 days before the full moon, 4 days before the new moon day – people don’t eat. Wake up in the morning, no breakfast, no lunch – only after the sun sets, they eat one meal. This is just to allow the system to realign itself. If you give this break, it is very very good for your heath and the body, the way it functions. Because the system needs that time to adjust itself. Everyday food, everyday food, it’s a lot of hard work. The body, give it a little break.