Eating Ayurveda

Updated: Dec 8, 2018



Ayurveda stands for the science of life. It is said to the one of the oldest ideas about health and wellness. It believes the universe is made up of 5 elements being air, fire, earth, space, and water and that there are energies or "doshas" in these elements which help us keep balanced.

In Ayurveda, you can follow a diet based on which dosha you are. Ayurvedic diets also refer to six tastes, which are often used when talking about what foods are associated with each body type: sweet, salty, sour, astringent, pungent and bitter.

So how does this relate to nutrition? Well in Ayurveda, you can follow a diet based on which dosha you are. Ayurvedic diets also refer to six tastes, which are often used when talking about what foods are associated with each body type: sweet, salty, sour, astringent, pungent and bitter. There is a lot more to the diet but essentially its a holistic approach which looks at the mind, body and spirit and not only addresses nutrition but also sleep, stress, etc.



How do I know what dosha I am? If you are interested in finding out what dosha you are, there are quizzes you can take online but below are some of the general traits for each body type:

Vata:

  • thin, don't gain weight easily

  • creative

  • energetic

  • digestive issues

  • stressed

  • fearful

  • susceptible to: insomnia, heart disease, arthritis

Pitta:

  • medium/athletic build

  • motivated and hard working

  • agressive

  • competitive

  • susceptible to: digestive issues, heart disease, overworked

Kapha:

  • larger build and gain weight more easy

  • grounded

  • supportive

  • insecure

  • unmotivated

  • susceptible to: obesity, diabetes, respiratory illness

General suggestions for everyone:

  • get plenty of sleep

  • meditate

  • exercise

  • eat nourishing and high quality foods

  • eat seasonal - you may have read my past blog post about grounding foods. This is something that comes up a lot in an Ayurvedic diet which believes you should eat season and local foods. This means that in the winter you might feel like getting more cooked root vegetables, in the spring, more sweet and light foods, in the summer cool and raw foods, and in the fall getting back into the warming and bitter foods.




What do I need? Vata

  • don't skip meals

  • eat at regular times

  • include healthy fats, grains, root vegetables, nuts and seeds

  • warming drinks

  • Avoid cold and frozen foods

Pitta:

  • eat smaller meals throughout the day

  • stick to more cooling foods

  • avoid spicy and sour foods

  • avoid raw foods but stick to medium heat cooking

  • avoid strong spices

Kapha

  • avoid overeating

  • practice mindful eating

  • avoid eating too many sweet foods

  • have a balance of hot and cold food

  • stick to lower fat foods, legumes, grains and seasonal veggies

What are the benefits? Many people praise it for its benefits which include:

  • weight management

  • good digestion

  • mental clarity and calmness

  • better range of motion

  • boost energy

  • and more!

Check out my friend Amy Walsh, owner of The Yoga Hut for inspiration! In good health,

xo nic

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