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Everything about Ayurvedic Diet & Ayurvedic Healing Foods

Ayurveda has always focused on the diet and its importance on the overall health of our body, mind & soul. From the perspective of Ayurveda, while we cannot influence the air that we breathe in any way possible, we can certainly take full control of what we are eating throughout the day. It entirely depends on us -- what we are eating, when we are eating, and how much we are eating -- we have all the freedom in that way. 

Nevertheless, Ayurveda tells us that it is more important to understand that whatever we are consuming is digested easily. In case a part of the food that we consume is not digested -- it is retained by the body as excess. This excess food is called “Ama”, which is responsible for triggering many diseases. So, the importance of -- the right food, at the right time & in the right quantity is fundamental to a healthy set of body, mind & soul. 

The Food that you are consuming, the selection of timing & the state of the mind you are in while consuming the food -- all of this together can increase either amla (toxicity) or Ojas (vitality). There are certain rules of an Ayurvedic diet & Ayurveda encourages adding certain foods to your diet. Let’s discuss everything about the Ayurvedic diet in a little more detail. 

What is an Ayurvedic diet?

Ayurveda focuses on creating a balance between your body, mind & soul. Through the discovery of Ayurveda, it has been revealed that everything in the universe has been created from five different elements -- Akash (space), Vayu (air), Prithvi (earth), Jala (water), and Teja (fire). Different combinations of these elements form three distinct doshas -- Pitta, Vata & Kapha. Each of these doshas is responsible for specific functions in the different parts of the body. 

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Key Characteristics for each Doshas:

Ayurvedic diet plays an essential role in Ayurvedic healing. In Ayurveda, one has to be very careful about what, when & how to eat -- based on their body types & doshas. We have created this list of key characteristics for all three doshas. This will help you determine, which of these doshas matches your body type. 

Vata (air + space) 

People with Vata dosha are lively, creative & energetic. They are usually thin & have a light structure.

When out of balance: The Vata dosha people will struggle with anxiety, fatigue & other digestive issues when out of balance. 

Kapha (earth + water)

People with Kapha dosha are usually loyal, grounded & calm. They most often have strong frames.

When out of balance: People with Kapha dosha might suffer from diabetes, asthma, depression & weight gain when out of balance.

Pitta (fire + water)

People with Pitta dosha are decisive, hard-working & intelligent. They are usually short-tempered & have a medium physical build. 

When out of balance: These people will suffer from high blood pressure, indigestion & other heart diseases. 

Foods to eat as per your Dosha:

Depending on which dosha your body type belongs to -- you should eat certain foods & avoid consuming some of them. With this knowledge, you would be able to create a balance between your body, mind & soul. 

These foods to consume & avoid based on your doshas are categorized according to the physical qualities of the food. Let’s read through the list of foods you must eat & foods you must avoid based on your doshas. 

Food to Eat:

Vata:

Legumes

Mung beans, lentils, chickpeas

Fruits

strawberries, bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, and mangoes

Protein

tofu, poultry, seafood 

Dairy

ghee, milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter

Vegetables

sweet potatoes, green beans, turnips, carrots, radishes, and onions

Nuts and seeds

chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachios, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts

Pitta

Kapha
 

Legumes

Black beans, navy beans, chickpeas, and lentils

Fruits

Apples, cherries, blueberries, prunes pears, raisins, figs, and pomegranates 

Protein

Egg whites and seafood, 

Dairy

soy milk, skim milk, and goat milk, 

Vegetables

Okra, asparagus, potatoes, leafy greens, mushrooms, onions, and radishes 

Nuts and seeds

flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds

Foods to avoid

We have segregated foods on the basis of doshas that one should avoid consuming.

Pitta

Grains

Rye, millet, brown rice, and corn

Fruits

Sour cherries, papaya, grapefruit, apricots, and grapes

Protein

Egg yolks, red meat, and seafood

Dairy

Buttermilk, sour cream, and cheese

Vegetables

Eggplant, chili peppers, onions, tomatoes, and beets

Nuts and seeds

Sesame seeds, pistachios, cashews, almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, and peanuts.

Vata

Grains

Millet, corn, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, wheat, and rye.

Fruits

Pears, 

Protein

Red meat, pomegranates, cranberries, and raisins. 

Herbs and spices

coriander seed, parsley, and thyme

Vegetables

Tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, mushrooms, and cabbage.

Kapha

Grains

Cooked cereal, rice, and wheat

Fruits

Fresh figs, bananas, mangoes, and coconuts.

Protein

Egg yolks, red meat, and shrimp. 

Legumes

Miso, soybeans, and kidney beans. 

Vegetables

Cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and zucchini.

Nuts and seeds

Walnuts, pine nuts, cashews, sesame seeds, pecans, and Brazil nuts


With this, it is worth mentioning here some of the Ayurveda-inspired foods & drinks  -- that help in creating a balance between body, mind & soul. 

Water: Water is essential for every body type. It helps in cleaning amla from your body particularly when you are drinking warm water.

Dates and Figs:  They are one of the greatest energy sources, and are extremely helpful in building tissues. 

Lemons: Lemons are good for your digestive system. They help in flushing out toxins from the body.

Ghee: It promotes longevity. Ghee is also helpful in digestion and in calming your nerves. 

Almonds: Almonds are extremely healthy to eat. However, per Ayurveda, their skin is a bit toxic therefore almonds should be eaten only after peeling them off. 

Ginger: Ginger is called “the universal medicine”. It not only helps in clearing our body from toxins, they also support the digestive system. 

Seasonal Fruits:  They are purifying. For maximum nutritious value, these seasonal fruits should always be eaten after they are completely ripened. 

Cumin Seeds: Cumin reduces alma from the body and supports our body indigestion. 

Green, Leafy vegetable: Nothing is as nutritious as green leafy vegetables. They are good for your skin and help in regulating your blood sugar level. 

Cow’s Milk: Ayurveda considers cow’s milk extremely vitalizing. It helps in quick healing of the injury and many more conditions. 

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