Drop the Utensils, rather: Eat With Your Hands!

Dylan Smith eating with his hands

Ayurveda recommends eating with your hands instead of utensils.

Before you repel this gesture, if you feel to try this, you may be surprised by what it does for your digestion and how much better food will taste and bring you enjoyment!

One Thing at a Time

Eating with your hands means you can’t check email, read, text or answer the phone. With food all over your fingers, you are stuck doing one thing at a time and this is the time to eat.

This allows us to relax and "dine."

Eating with such awareness is essential for optimum digestion and proper delivery of nutrients. People underestimate how much this can make a difference and a lot of the time - How you eat is more important then what you eat.

“The fingers are the sensors, and also the hand contains not only the planets, but all the nakshatras (constellations). So when you are eating with your hands it is satisfying everything [all the needs of your physiology because the planetary ‘map’ on your hands is like the DNA - it contains everything about you]. The planets and stars [imprinted] on the hand are YOUR planets. Also, when you touch the food you will know the food texture, temperature, and immediately the enzymes [and Hydrochloric Acid] will start inside you, and from the mouth itself the digestion will start.” 
Vaidya Dr. Krishna Raju

Here all the 5 senses are invited to the table.

This ritual will not take long to get the hang of. In less than a week of eating like this, you'll be natural again. And no more burning your mouth with food!

Some other recommendations for the Ritual of Eating:

  • Don’t eat when you are angry, depressed, emotionally unstable or immediately after physical exertion. This is the number one "rule" for eating in Ayurveda.
  • Sitting cross legged on the floor encourages the right pressure to assist with digestion. The pancreas is squeezed to release digestive enzymes well and you don't overeat because you realise when you are full.
  • Once your food is served, do a prayer before you start eating. Give thanks to nature for providing you with the food and can thank whichever deity you worship
  • CHEW eat morsel at least 32 times, food should be like liquid.
  • ENJOY in nourishment. Even if you are eating ice cream, enjoy it! (guilt free)

For those who still struggle with digestion after implementing this practice, check out some Ayurvedic herbs to support digestion.