Three factors when it comes to food:

●    When

●    What

●    How Much 

The first is the most important; when There are specific times when elements are most vital. For example, between 12 pm and 1:30 pm, the sun is at its peak, making the element of fire the strongest. Digestion is nothing but cooking and transforming, so it makes sense that the most robust digestive time would be during the most vital fire element-time, also know as the Pitta time of day in Ayurvedic terms. The Pitta time of day is 10 am to 2 pm, supporting healthy gut digestion, and 10 pm to 2 am supporting mental digestion.

The largest meal of the day should be eaten during the time when the cooking element of fire is the strongest.

The earth and water element, known as Kapha, is usually when we eat our breakfast and dinner. The time of day for Kapha is 6-10 am and 6-10 pm. Since this element is heavier and represents cohesion, which holds everything together, if we eat more decadent meals during the Kapha hours, we tend to hold on to more of it, creating a heavy feeling. The digestion is not as strong for transformation during these hours.