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Meditation Monday: What To Eat (And What Not To Eat) Before You Meditate

"Most meditation teachers and seasoned practitioners recommend waiting at least 1 to 2 hours after eating before meditating."

~Elise Moreau We all know that properly eating before and after exercising is very important, but, have you ever given any thought to eating before meditation? I recently read an article on just this topic. The article stated that waiting 1 to 2 hours after eating to meditate is the standard recommendation. Why? Meditation is a form of exercise for your brain. Meditation teachers indicate that meditating too soon after eating can cause problems with remaining alert and awake during meditation, because much of the blood is focused on digesting food. That being said, a light snack can help the brain focus properly during meditation.


  • Fresh fruit-This provides a source of fresh glucose, fuel for the brain, can boost concentration.
  • 1 or 2 squares of dark chocolate– flavonoids in chocolate help with circulation to the brain.
  • Small serving of almonds– Almonds contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fat, carbohydrates and protein, helping to boost energy and curb hungar, making it a wonderful pre-meditation snack.
  • A green smoothie- Just remember…you can never have too many leafy greens. They are LOADED with antioxidants. The fruit in the smoothies gives the brain a glucose boost. Healthy fats, such as avocado or flax add to the brain boosting power of the green smoothie.
  • WaterIf you prefer to meditate, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, drink a glass of water before meditating. This will wake you up and rehydrate your body and brain.

Now that we know what foods are good to include before meditation, there are a few you should avoid.


  • Caffeinated coffee, tea, and soda.- Being a stimulant, caffeine makes entering a deep meditative state difficult.
  • Simple carbohydrates– Anything that can cause a spike in blood sugar should be avoided, such as fruit juice, cookies, or white bread, As we know, when the body goes through a blood sugar spike, there is a brief period of energy, followed by a severe crash, making you sleepy. You want to avoid anything that will make you sleepy during meditation.
  • Heavy foods rich in fat, sugar, starch, creamy sauce, or cheese-This type of meal is very heavy and will take a while to digest properly. Also, you will probably want to take a nap after such a meal, something to avoid when preparing to meditate.

Whether you meditate first thing in the morning, or in the evening, just remember, what you eat will have an effect on the success of your meditation session.


Source: What To Eat (And What Not To Eat) Before You Meditate | Care2 Healthy Living

About Tamara Hoerner (499 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

28 Comments on Meditation Monday: What To Eat (And What Not To Eat) Before You Meditate

  1. Nice!! Thanks for the tips!❤

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  2. Wonderful to read about meditation here. It’s one of my favorite things!! I wake up, drink a big glass of water and proceed to do one hour of meditation these days. It’s so powerful. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this – what a great read. 🙂

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  3. TheOriginalPhoenix // April 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm // Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Your site is always so informative 🙂

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  4. I agree. Although for me, I have to have some tea first thing in the morning. I set my intention for the day while sipping on my tea, then meditate.

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  5. Since We are talking about Meditation,so I would like to add that though most of the people want to do Meditation but they don’t know how & from where to start.

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    • This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with us. I’ll use it on my next meditation Monday (not this Monday, but the following-May 8).

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      • Dear Tamara,tomorrow never comes..since its a matter of about 25 minutes only ,so I very politely request you to please do it from today itself..Just do it for 3 days,then you will start doing it by your own wish ..thats the kind of effect this meditation has..besides,please look out for another such meditation technique -Isha Kriya- in my next post.Its equally simple & powerful but first please do try Aumkar meditation & let me know whether it works for you or not..I learnt both these techniques from Sadhguru’s disciples.

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      • I think you misunderstood. I’ll definitely be trying this myself. I meant I will post this to my blog on May 8th, the next time I post meditations. I post meditation articles on Monday’s. I am taking Monday May 1 off for school work. So the next time I post a Meditation Article will be May 8th.
        I will ABSOLUTELY be working this into my daily meditation. Thank you for the tips. I’ll be on the lookout for more meditation from your blog. Thanks again.

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      • oh ok..sorry I misunderstood.

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      • No worries, it happens to all of us. 🙂

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  6. Having a cup of coffee before meditation, imagine! It’s hard enough to quieten my mind as it is, aha. Wonderful tips

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  7. Do you know what teas are best to drink before meditating? 🙂 I would like to include some extra information in my last blog post top tea brands to try this summer!


  8. Wonderful post. Besides, I have listed some wonderful spiritual books on my latest blog . Hope you find them worth a read .

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  9. Thanks for this love this🙌🏼❤️

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  10. Do check out my new blog post and let me know what you think x

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