What is the Ayurveda Diet?

Ayurveda originated in India and means “the science of life”. The Ayurveda Diet is a holistic approach to health and aims to create balance within the mind and body by aligning the self with nature. Ayurvedic belief is that disease results from an imbalance of one’s body type or dosha. Each dosha represents an element of nature: vata=air, pitta=fire, and kapha=earth-water. Although it is common to possess a combination, one dosha is usually dominant.

How Does the Ayurveda Diet work?

According to Ayruvedic theory, balance and good health can be restored by eating within one’s Ayurvedic body type, or dosha. Developing mindfulness, in order to reduce stress on the body, is also developed as well as meditation and different cleansing practices.

What foods can be eaten on the Ayurveda Diet?

The Ayurveda Diet consists of whole, fresh, natural foods found in nature. Certain foods are recommended for each dosha or body type, but the general idea is to eat according to what is readily available in each season of life. The diet focuses on the six basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent.

For Vata types, warm, cooked, nourishing, and easily digestible foods should be eaten:

  • Fruit (mostly berries)
  • Small beans
  • Rice
  • Nuts
  • Dairy

For Pitta types, cool, raw, or lightly cooked foods should be eaten:

  • Watery and sweet fruits and vegetables (cherry, mango, cucumber, melon, avocado)
  • Salads of dark greens (arugula, dandelions, kale)

For Kapha types, light, warm, and spicy foods should be eaten:

  • Bitter, dark greens
  • Tea
  • Spices (black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili)

What foods are restricted on the Ayurveda Diet?

Food restrictions depend on one’s dosha or combination of. The main food restriction that applies, regardless of one’s dosha, is that food should be fresh, not packaged or processed.

Who should try the Ayurveda Diet?

The Ayurveda Diet is for anyone who is ready to become more in-tune with their body through mindfulness, meditation, and through eating fresh, seasonal foods.

Who would have a difficult time implementing the Ayurveda Diet?

People who are not able to give up packaged, processed foods will have a difficult time adopting an Ayurvedic diet. Because the diet also embraces fresh, local produce, those who do not have access to fresh food will find it difficult to implement this dietary principle.

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