TRADITIONAL INDIAN DIETARY PRINCIPLES
Ayurvedic Diet in Everyday Lifestyle Making an Ayurvedic diet a part of you everyday lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. People in the Western world are starting to become more aware of the benefits that Ayurvedic dieting can have on their overall health. We will talk about which foods you should be on the lookout for the next time you go shopping. You will also find out which foods are ideal to consume for your specific dosha or BODY TYPE, Which is another name for an Ayurvedic body type. First, let us begin be explaining WHAT IS DOSHA. According to Ayurveda, every person has their own unique blend of three principles of the body and mind.
This blend helps to create each person’s unique physical and mental characteristics. Doshas are ￼ The three doshas are called Kapha, Pitta and Vata. If you are unaware of what your dosha is, there are various quizzes that you can take to let you know. YOU CAN TAKE ONE QUIZ WITHIN OUR SITE TOO. Each dosha has foods that will help to balance it and foods that will aggravate it. The key to maintaining good health through an Ayurvedic diet is to learn which foods to eat and which foods to stay away from as they relate to your dosha.
Vata Balancing Foods There are a wide range of foods that Vata body types can be found at most supermarkets to more easily balance their bodies. Fruits such as watermelon, prunes, plums, pears, mangos, figs, berries, apples, raisins, pomegranates, pineapples, melons, grapes, dates and avocados are all beneficial. Essentially, any sweet fruit you can find will have a balancing effect on a Vata body type. However, you should also be aware that any sour fruits could cause aggravation for Vatas. In terms of vegetables, Vatas can feel free to indulge in zucchini, squash, parsnips, olives, green beans, beets, and artichokes to name just a few. Vatas should remember that vegetables that are cooked are the ones that are the most balancing. Raw vegetables should be avoided at all times. Grains such as wild rice, wheat and oats are all beneficial to Vatas. As far as dairy products go, yogurt, cheese and milk from a goat, milk from a cow, buttermilk and cheese are all able to be consumed in moderation.
PITTA Balancing Foods The balancing fruits for Pitta body types are similar to those of Vatas. Sour fruits should also be avoided by Pitta’s. In terms of grains, there are a wider variety that are acceptable, including cooked oats, white rice, oat granola, millet, buckwheat, brown rice and wheat bran. Acceptable vegetables include potatoes, leafy greens, zucchini, artichokes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Both bitter and sweet vegetables are considered to be balancing for Pittas.
KAPHA Balancing Foods :-
Kaphas can become easily aggravated by dates, bananas, and other sweet fruits. However, all of the fruits listed for Vata body types are acceptable. There are many nuts and legumes that are known to be balancing for Kaphas, such as white beans, red lentils, navy beans, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, black-eyes peas, split peas, pinto beans, lima beans, pumpkin beans, peanuts, coconut, cashews, Brazil nuts and almonds. Diluted yogurt/CHANCH and goat’s milk are acceptable dairy products. There are a wide range of condiments, spices and herbs that are balancing for Kapha’s. Thyme, spearmint, rosemary, peppermint, paprika, mustard seeds, horseradish, dill, cloves, cayenne, black pepper, basil, poppy seeds, parsley, oregano, mint and ginger can all be used to enhance the flavor of your various Ayurvedic meals. Super Foods From Your Supermarket Ayurvedic dieting is one of the cornerstones to effective Ayurvedic living.