There is a famous adage that you are what you eat! According to the Ayurveda food can affect your feelings hence in Ayurveda there is a special emphasis given on aahar or diet and food is meant as a path of good health, life and wellness. Eating healthy and wholesome food nourishes your mind, body and soul. Ayurveda is a 6000-year-old discipline that is not just a healthcare system but a way of life. It asserts that even though the digestive capacity of each person is different the quality and quantity of food denotes the strength, vigour, complexion and health of an individual. In Ayurveda a good diet is highly necessary for health, increasing Ojas, prana and building immunity. When it comes to nutritionAyurveda has a very unique approach towards it and that where its strength lies. We need to make sure we can easily digest whatever we consume as AMA is one of the main triggers for any illness.
Ayurvedic Diet is not just about food and liquid
According to Ayurveda, five-element makes up the universe- air, water, space, fire and earth. These elements are believed to form three different doshas. These elements are believed to form three doshas which are defined as types of energy that circulate within your body. Each dosha is responsible for a specific psychological function. Pitta dosha control hunger, thirst and body temperature. Meanwhile, while Kapha dosha promotes joint functions. The concept of the Ayurvedic diet is based on the concept of dominant doshas and eating specific food to promote balance between all three doshas. It is simply based on the idea that you are what, when, where, how and why you eat.
Combining the flavours with food correctly
Ayurvedic food is all about combining all six flavours such as sweet, salt, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent. By including each of these six tastes our body is able to receive that bioenergetic palate. It teaches us that digestion begins in the mouth and when you use a variety of spices in your food that are aromatic, flavourful it not only enhances your culinary experience but also provide you nutrient. So try to include even a small amount of each six flavours in your food to complete your energetic palate.
Eat food according to your dosha
Ayurveda emphasis very much that every person has his own unique mind-body constitution named dosha. By eating certain food that eliminates the vikruti(dosha imbalance) the harmony of the body can be restored. The principles of preparing food for doshas are:
Vata dosha: meals to restore the balance of Vata doshas should be warm, cooked food with a healthy fat such as ghee, butter and also healthy and heavy comfort food.
Pitta dosha: the combination of fire and water tends to be hot, light, oily and sharp quality. Hence to balance the pitta dosha one should eat food that is cooling in nature such as cucumber, peppermint combined with astringent such as beans, legumes with green tea.
Kapha is generally expressed as heavy, cool with smooth qualities hence eating food that are light, warm and green leafy vegetable will help in bringing back the balance.
Time of your meal
Ayurveda not just recognizes the most suitable food for us but also recommend a suitable time to eat our meals. It is highly recommended that one should eat that breakfast between 6 to 10 am. Your breakfast should be light as your digestion is relatively weak at that time. Your biggest meals should be around 12 pm to 2 pm as your digestion is at its peak at that moment. By eating the largest meal at noon your body will be well supplied with nutrient throughout the day. Your dinner should be the lightest meal of the day and should be 3 hours before heading to bed as the Agni is weakest at that moment.
Where you eat
Ayurveda strongly discards the idea of eating while watching TV, talking or answering the phone. According to Ayurveda, your mealtime is the moment to connect with the energy and information of the food you consume. Eat with awareness, recognize the taste, flavors and chewing it well as digestion begins in the mouth. If you are not able to do it try to start eating at least one meal in silence and focusing solely on the food you are eating.
Stop eating when you are satisfied
Stop eating on your first burp is the one principle that Ayurveda adheres to when it comes to relieving our body from unnecessary burden. By putting a stop on your mouth when you are satisfied not stuffed not only reduce the burden on your digestive system but give your body the ample nourishment it needs.
Ayurveda strongly believes that every ailment begins in our digestive system hence the very first step towards treating a patient is arranging his diet according to their vikruti(imbalance). Eat fresh wholesome food that is rich in prana and avoid processed food that are low on prana. One can enroll at our AYM Ayurveda school in Rishikesh where you will not only learn about the concept of ayurvedic cooking but also you can enroll in Ayur wellness vacation where you will indulge in some freshly made ayurvedic delights.