Ayurveda stands for the science of life. It is said to the one of the oldest ideas about health and wellness. It believes the universe is made up of 5 elements being air, fire, earth, space, and water and that there are energies or “doshas” in these elements which help us keep balanced.
In Ayurveda, you can follow a diet based on which dosha you are. Ayurvedic diets also refer to six tastes, which are often used when talking about what foods are associated with each body type: sweet, salty, sour, astringent, pungent and bitter.
So how does this relate to nutrition? Well in Ayurveda, you can follow a diet based on which dosha you are. Ayurvedic diets also refer to six tastes, which are often used when talking about what foods are associated with each body type: sweet, salty, sour, astringent, pungent and bitter. There is a lot more to the diet but essentially its a holistic approach which looks at the mind, body and spirit and not only addresses nutrition but also sleep, stress, etc.
How do I know what dosha I am?
If you are interested in finding out what dosha you are, there are quizzes you can take online but below are some of the general traits for each body type:
- thin, don’t gain weight easily
- digestive issues
- susceptible to: insomnia, heart disease, arthritis
- medium/athletic build
- motivated and hard working
- susceptible to: digestive issues, heart disease, overworked
- larger build and gain weight more easy
- susceptible to: obesity, diabetes, respiratory illness
General suggestions for everyone:
- get plenty of sleep
- eat nourishing and high quality foods
- eat seasonal – you may have read my past blog post about grounding foods. This is something that comes up a lot in an Ayurvedic diet which believes you should eat season and local foods. This means that in the winter you might feel like getting more cooked root vegetables, in the spring, more sweet and light foods, in the summer cool and raw foods, and in the fall getting back into the warming and bitter foods.
What do I need?
- don’t skip meals
- eat at regular times
- include healthy fats, grains, root vegetables, nuts and seeds
- warming drinks
- Avoid cold and frozen foods
- eat smaller meals throughout the day
- stick to more cooling foods
- avoid spicy and sour foods
- avoid raw foods but stick to medium heat cooking
- avoid strong spices
- avoid overeating
- practice mindful eating
- avoid eating too many sweet foods
- have a balance of hot and cold food
- stick to lower fat foods, legumes, grains and seasonal veggies
What are the benefits?
Many people praise it for its benefits which include:
- weight management
- good digestion
- mental clarity and calmness
- better range of motion
- boost energy
- and more!
Chickpea Curry Stew
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 can chickpeas or lentils, rinsed
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1.5 tsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- Optional: extra veggies like 1 cup spinach and 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Add sweet potatoes to a baking sheet with 1 tbsp avocado oil
- Bake for 30 minutes
- While the potatoes are baking add the other tbsp of avocado oil to a frying pan on medium heat
- Add onion, carrot and green beans to the frying pan and cover
- After 5 minutes add coconut milk, tomato sauce, chickpeas and spices
- Cover frying pan and cook until vegetables are softened.
- Once sweet potatoes are done, add them to the frying pan and mix