A note on “LEFTOVERS”

Today eating leftovers and packaged meals seems to be the most convenient option for all. Everyone  complains about  not having enough time to cook daily. Lets sit back and give this statement a thought.  Think about how much time we spend each day to look good and presentable? Can we all manage our time little carefully to invest some time in  cooking fresh meals daily?

According to the Vedic philosophy our mind is considered to be the essence of food. The foods that we eat affect our emotions and can create a predisposition for both psychological as well as physical disorders (Frawley,2008).

In order to talk about left overs let me first explain two important Ayurvedic terms, Prana and Ama.

Prana: Prana means”energy of life”. This vital energy is also presents in vegetables and fruits as well as the air that we breathe. Eating fresh vegetables and fruits provide immediate energy boost. Ayurvedic wisdom recommends cutting the fresh vegetables right before cooking. According to ayurveda, pre-cut vegetables have already lost some of the prana (Frawley,2008; Maharishi Ayurveda website).

Ama: This Ayurvedic term basically means accumulated toxins in the body. One name for all the “bad” stuff that clogs your system. According to Ayurveda, ama is produced because of poor digestion, overeating or irregular eating routines. Experts recommend following exercise if you want to see your ama – Go to the mirror, stick out your tongue and take a good look at it. If you see your tongue coated with white, sticky substance, then that is “AMA” (Sharma,Mishra, Meade,2002).

Now to Leftovers:

According to ayurveda, leftovers as well as frozen and packaged foods provide less nourishment for the body and are harder to digest thus they create “ama” in the body. Leftovers lose  their vitality and thus become harder to digest and  accumulate toxins in the body (Maharishi Ayurveda website, Sharma,Mishra, Meade,2002).

So, i hope this will give you all enough reasons to try and take out some time to cook at least one fresh meal daily. Afterall, we are in charge of our well-being. According to Upanishads- “As is a man’s will, so is his action, as is his action, so he becomes.” (BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD V.4.5). A more common saying is “You are what you eat”. Also remember- “Eat to live,not live to eat.”

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**


1.Sharma, H., Mishra, R.K., & Meade, J.G. (2002). The Answer To Cancer. New York: Select books, Inc

2. Frawley,D (2008). Ayurvedic Healing. A Complete Guide. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.

3. Dr. Lad, V (2005). Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.

4. http://www.mapi.com/ayurveda_health_care/newsletters/ayurvedic_detox_diet.html

5. http://mapi.com/newsletters/maharishi_ayurveda/july_2008/ways_to_feel_energized_by_food.html



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