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Ayurvedic guide to eating right

Sun Online Desk     21st April, 2018 01:03:06 printer

Ayurvedic guide to eating right

 

A colloquial saying- ‘jaisa ann waisa mann’ meaning what you eat determines how you think, might actually have more truth to it than we know. This also explains the dullness after a heavy meal or the freshness of mind after having a bowl of fruits. But then, not all fruits are necessarily good for your body and not all kinds of fat are bad for you.

 

Sometimes it can be confusing to determine what indeed makes up ‘eating right’. Solving the ‘eating right’ puzzle can mean a healthier body and a sharper and clearer mind.

 

According to Ayurveda, what you should and shouldn’t eat depends on your body constitution or prakruti. An individual’s prakruti is the ratio of three functional energies in the body. Also known as doshas, these energies are: vata, pitta, kapha . Each of these doshas has specific traits.

 

The vata dosha is the air element and is responsible for all movement in the body. The pitta dosha is the fire element and is responsible for digestion. The kapha dosha is the earth element and provides moisture to the skin and lubrication to joints. Mostly, two of three doshas dominate in an individual. Pulse diagnosis or nadi pariksha can help diagnose the doshas dominating in your body.

 

When an individual’s doshas are in balance, the person is healthy, physically, mentally and emotionally. While an imbalance in the doshas over a prolonged period of time can lead to weakness and disease. Let us know what happens when a dosha is in balance:

 

A balanced vata: energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and flexibility.

 

A balanced pitta: intelligence, strong digestion

 

A balanced kapha: calmness, thoughtfulness, and lovingness.

 

On the other hand here is what an imbalance in the doshas cause:

 

An unbalanced vata: anxiety, irregular appetite, mild weight loss, constipation, interrupted sleep, bloating.

 

An unbalanced pitta: anger, jealousy, indigestion, migraines, bladder and kidney infections.

 

An unbalanced kapha: depression, laziness, heaviness, weak digestion, excess sleep, diabetes.

 

Keeping your doshas in balance with the right diet

 

Certainly, it is favourable for you to keep your doshas in balance. To do so, all you need to do is tend to your diet. According to Ayurveda, there are certain dietary instructions which are helpful for certain body constitutions. Following are those instructions to your aid:

 

Vata pacifying diet

 

Fruits: All sweet fruits, fresh dates, figs, raisins

 

Vegetables: Cooked vegetables, asparagus, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, less amount of leafy vegetables, beans and sprouts

 

Grains: Rice and wheat

 

Legumes: Lentils, moong beans and soya

 

Dairy: Milk, fresh cheese, butter and ghee

 

Oils: Sesame, olive, sunflower and peanut

 

Spices: Black pepper, ginger, coriander, turmeric, asafoetida, garlic, clove, sesame seeds

Nuts: Nuts soaked in water (to be taken in moderate amount) and pumpkin seeds

Avoid dry food, junk food, cold food, frozen food and large beans like kidney beans and peas

 

Pitta pacifying diet

 

(Good for pitta prakriti and pitta imbalance)

 

Fruits: All sweet fruits, pomegranate, figs, dates. Avoid sour fruits

 

Vegetables: Sweet and bitter vegetables, asparagus, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, radish, sprouts, zucchini

 

Grains: Wheat, rice, oats and all beans in the moderate amount

 

Dairy: Buttermilk, curd, milk, ghee

 

Oils: Sunflower, olive, coconut

 

Spices: Cinnamon, fennel, ginger, mint, coriander, turmeric, cumin in moderate amounts

Nuts: nuts soaked in water, coconut

 

Avoid: Hot, spicy, chilli, junk food, fried food, sour food, baked and fermented food

Kapha pacifying diet

 

Fruits: All fruits can be taken in less amount

 

Vegetables: All leafy vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, radish, wheatgrass and sprouts

 

Grains: Barley, Ragi, Corn, Oatmeals, Millets, and Beans

 

Dairy: Buttermilk, goat milk, soya milk

 

Oils: sesame oil in less amount & olive oil

 

Spices: Ajwain, asafoetida, basil, clove, cumin, curry leaves, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, pepper, pippali, turmeric

 

Nuts: nuts very less, sunflower seeds, flax seeds

 

Honey

 

Avoid sweets, chocolates, pastries, cold drinks, milk products except buttermilk and milk cake

 

General Ayurvedic eating guidelines

 

Apart from adhering to a suitable diet, it is important to keep the following guidelines in mind:

 

Eat larger meals between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Post meal walks with a 10- to 15-minute rest aids in digestion.

 

Since the cycle of seasons affects our predominant doshas state, one must eat according to seasons. For instance, one must have warmer foods during cold weather as cold foods in the winter will inhibit our digestive fire.

 

Ayurveda identifies six major tastes we need in our diet every day—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. When we consistently eat the food of particular tastes, it causes health problems and also triggers cravings for unhealthy foods. For instance, fast food contains mostly sweet, sour, and salty tastes and consuming them on a regular basis leads to a craving for sweets.


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