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:
thin, don't gain weight easily
susceptible to: insomnia, heart disease, arthritis
motivated and hard working
susceptible to: digestive issues, heart disease, overworked
larger build and gain weight more easy
susceptible to: obesity, diabetes, respiratory illness
General suggestions for everyone:
get plenty of sleep
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
Avoid cold and frozen foods
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
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:
mental clarity and calmness
better range of motion
Check out my friend Amy Walsh, owner of The Yoga Hut for inspiration! In good health,
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