How you eat your food is even more important than what you eat. In fact, Ayurveda understands that eating is one of the most sacred experiences we have. After all, when we eat our food, we are taking in the atoms and molecules that have been around in different forms since the beginning of time, and we are expecting them to become a part of us. If we eat our food properly, ie: with awareness and respect, the food joins well with our bodies. If we do not, the food digests difficulty and causes other digestive disturbances, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. The end result of poor digestion is ama (toxins formed from poor digestion), and this leads to disease. Thus, in Ayurveda, we try our best to approach the ordinary activity of eating with awareness and consciousness (perhaps even making eating a form of meditation).