I usually have lunch by 1 pm. But today I did not. Because, according to the Ayurvedic principles, a healthy person should not eat until he feels hungry and he should not skip meals, when he is feeling very hungry.
As per Ayurveda, if one eats even when he is not hungry, indigestion sets in. Feeling hungry, in a normal human being is a sign of secretion of proper gastric juice and enzymes. If someone is not feeling hungry, it indicates that
1. The previous food is not yet digested.
2. The enzymes and gastric juice is not yet secreted up to optimum levels.
In Ayurvedic terms, the “Agni” is not yet formed fully. In such a situation, if I have my lunch, it will lead to a condition called “Ama” – a status of indigestion and a precursor of many diseases.
Over-nutrition is as big health problem in this world, just like malnutrition.
Similarly, if you are delaying meals, when you are feeling hungry, it also leads to accumulation of unused enzymes, and may lead to disease on a long run, according to Ayurveda.