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.
"Most meditation teachers and seasoned practitioners recommend waiting at least 1 to 2 hours after eating before meditating."
WHAT TO EAT BEFORE YOU MEDITATE.
- 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.
- Water–If 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.
WHAT NOT TO EAT BEFORE YOU MEDITATE
- 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.