The AYURVEDIC Diet

People of different origins practice different types of diet concepts. One of such widely practiced diet concept is “Ayurvedic diet”. In this article, you will learn what exactly the Ayurvedic diet system is? How does it work? And how one should practice such diet plan to keep himself healthy.

An Ayurvedic diet is basically an eating plan where you are provided with certain guidelines such as when to eat, what to eat, and how to eat. This concept, if practiced accordingly, is believed help you in managing or preventing diseases, maintaining wellness and to boost your overall health. Moreover, this type of diet plan will focus on eating whole foods or foods that are minimally processed.

Ayurveda is a traditional Hindu system of medicine and nutrition. According to famous Ayurvedic saying, “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; When diet is correct, medicine is of no need”. Based on such concept, practicing this diet helps you in many ways. This system is about 5000 years old, and literal meaning of the word “Ayurveda” is “SCIENCE OF LIFE”.

To understand how this Ayurvedic diet system works, you must know what “dosha” is? According to Ayurveda, a dosha is one of three substances that are present in a person’s body. In simple words, you can think of your dosha as your most prominent energy. There are three different types of doshas in the Ayurvedic system, that are derived from five elements; space, air, fire, water and earth. It is believed that each element is involved in providing different attributes or qualities. Three doshas are detailed below and it can help you determine which category of dosha you fall in:

1. Vata: Qualities reflecting the elements of air and space. Often expressed as intense, creative, hard-working and decisive. Attributes include light, rough, cold and dry. Vata dosha controls basic body functions such as cell division, mind, blood flow, heart, berating and waste elimination through the intestine.

2. Pitta: Qualities reflecting the elements of water and fire. Pittas are often described as joyful, driven and intelligent. Their attributes are hot, mobile, liquid and sharp. Pitta dosha energy controls metabolism, hormones and digestion.

3Kapha: Qualities reflecting the elements of earth and water. Kaphas are often expressed as lethargic, calm and loving. Attributes involve soft, heavy, static and moist. This life force controls body strength, weight, immunity, muscle growth and stability.

After reading descriptions of each dosha, you may find that one sounds more like the qualities you embody. Many people find that they have two strong doshas. Those who practice an Ayurvedic lifestyle believe that each of us embodies all three doshas. Your prominent dosha will determine your eating style. Below is the list of foods to eat and foods to avoid based on your specific dosha.

 

 

Foods Vata should eat

  • Black pepper
  • Beer or white wine
  • Beef
  • Cooked vegetables like asparagus or beets
  • Coriander leaves
  • Chia or flax seeds
  • Dairy products (in moderation)
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Grains including quinoa or rice
  • Peanuts and pecans
  • Vinegar
  • Sweet fruit such as cooked apples or cherries
  • Sesame oil and ghee
  • Red lentils

Foods Vata should avoid

  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Chickpeas
  • Chocolate
  • Dried fruit
  • Frozen, raw or dried vegetables
  • Lamb
  • Potatoes
  • Turkey
  • Raw apples and watermelon
  • Red wine
  • Split peas
  • Yogurt

Foods Pitta should eat

  • Almonds
  • Black beans
  • Beer
  • Chicken (white meat)
  • Coconut
  • Dry cereal
  • Dry white wine
  • Egg whites
  • Pasta
  • Unsalted butter
  • Raisins
  • Sweet or bitter vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower
  • Watermelon

Foods pitta should avoid

  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Bread made with yeast
  • Beef
  • Chicken (dark meat)
  • Chili pepper
  • Chocolate
  • Pungent vegetables like onion or raw leeks
  • Quinoa and brown rice
  • Rye
  • Red or sweet wine
  • Sour fruits
  • Spinach
  • Soy sauce
  • Salted butter
  • Sour cream
  • Seafood other than shrimp

Foods Kapha should eat

  • Astringent fruit like applesauce or prunes
  • Buttermilk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Dry red or white wine
  • Granola
  • Lima beans
  • Pungent or bitter vegetables like celery or carrots
  • Polenta
  • Shrimp
  • Turkey

Foods Kapha should avoid

  • Cooked oats
  • Pasta
  • Pancakes
  • Wheat
  • Kidney beans
  • Soft or hard cheese
  • Duck
  • Tofu
  • Freshwater fish
  • Ketchup
  • Hard alcohol
  • Rice
  • Sweet or sour fruits like grapefruit or figs
  • Sweet or juicy vegetables like cucumber or zucchini
  • Chocolate

 

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