Re-evaluating everyday foods as per Ayurveda
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
21 June 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

 

Ayurveda provides guidelines and strategies that support mindful eating as well as eating foods which are suitable for your dosha – i.e. your constitutional type. The energy of your dosha determines what foods work beneficially for you, what can boost your health, which specific foods promise to avert and manage diseases, and those that sustain general wellness.

Ayurveda creates a strong and healthy body through diet, exercise, and lifestyle practices. The Ayurvedic lifestyle encourages and promotes good health. When you adhere to Ayurvedic diet plans, you consume only whole or at the most minimally refined foods and practice mindful eating; this shores up your immune mechanism and encourages good health.

Embrace an Ayurveda-approved diet

Ayurveda states that good digestion is the cornerstone of good health. A well-functioning GI tract needs a balanced, wholesome diet. Hence, the most important thing that you need to do is give your everyday menu loads of attention.

  1. Make whole foods the mainstay of your diet - Consume fresh, organic produce - whole grains, beans, spices, herbs, nuts, seeds, and dairy. Fruits and vegetables are giant nutritional powerhouses and are the best GI cleansers. Understanding your dosha - the mind-body-soul elements that are in charge of every aspect of the body’s functioning, will help you choose specific foods for the Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha – that which is the best fit for your system. Steer clear of foods which are refined, canned, and loaded with salt, sugar and additives – these are hard for your body to digest and break down into nutrients.

 

  1. Spices play a pivotal role in the Ayurveda diet – Spices lend a ton of flavor and aroma and also bring in massive punches of therapeutic value to your dishes. Spices and aromats boost your immune mechanism, fire up your metabolism, pep up digestion and torch mega calories. Tata Sampann Spices are sourced from organic farms and are processed and packaged in a scientific and hygienic manner, providing you with the very best.

 

  1. Drink up! It is very vital to stay well hydrated through the day. You ought to be drinking a minimum of two and a half liters of water per day. Additionally, load up on – fruits juices, soups, green tea, lassi, and smoothies.

 

  1. Eating at the right time is crucial - Ensure that you have lunch at 12.00 noon everyday - when the sun is at its uppermost point in the sky and the digestive fire is the most powerful! Ayurveda advices you to eat your largest meal of the day at noon, because that’s when your digestive fire is revved up and you are best able to digest and assimilate food. Dinner should be light, about 3 hours before bedtime; and bedtime ought to be 10:00 p.m. or before. Consuming a heavy, greasy meal late at night taxes the body when it is in the rest and repair phase.

 

  1. Integrate all 6 flavours in all your meals:The palate influences the doshas. The 6 tastes - sweet, salty, sour, bitter, spicy and umami, each has a special effect on the doshas. Ayurveda states that a healthy meal must include all the 6 tastes, which will help harmonize the doshas.

 

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