Ayurveda Cooking - Ayurvedic Diet
|General Diet Suggestions:|
is important meal of the day so do not skip it. But it should be
light, just enough to make you charged till lunch. Fresh
fruits, sprouts, milk, whole grain cereals etc serve excellently as breakfast.
Lunch, which is the most important meal of the day, should be the largest. According to Ayurveda, our digestive fire or Agni works
best during this period of day hence food is easily digested. It should include lentils, whole wheat breads, grains, vegetables and
food items that provide protein, and fuel your activities throughout the day. The ideal time for lunch is from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Dinner the last meal of the day should be light and must consumed at least three hours before bed. It should be preferably relaxing
without too heavy curries or gravies.
Do not try to gulp your food, eat at a moderate pace and chew the food thoroughly. It is important to remember that digestion begins
in the mouth, and the stomach has no teeth.
Do not over
or under eat, as both are harmful for your health. Overeating cause
heaviness, lethargy and obesity while under eating
Keep a healthy gap between two meals. Eat when the previous meal is digested. This usually takes 3-6 hours.
explains 6 tastes of foods: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and
astringent. It recommends the use of all tastes in a meal
Eat in a
settled, calm atmosphere and avoid reading, T.V., or driving while eating.
Let your mind and body enjoy the flavors, textures,
Try to avoid
consuming liquids with your meal. If you want to have, then take warm or
room temperature liquids only. The chilled, cold
After finishing your meal, sit comfortably for some time. It ensures the uninterrupted digestive process.
Take a short
walk after a meal helps your body to digest the meal more efficiently.
There should be ten minutes gap between meal
important part of a healthy diet. It should be taken either alone or with
other sweet tastes. Boiling milk with a pinch of spice,
freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices in your daily diet. While raw
vegetables can aggravate Vata, juices are an excellent
generally recommends a lacto-vegetarian diet for most people, which
include dairy products but not eggs. However,
To get rid
of those heavy fatty snacks switch to sweet juicy fruits such as pears,
plums, or grapes for snacks. You can also have
refined white sugar. Instead, use other natural sweeteners such as, Agave
(from cactus), Rapadura, Sucanet, Date
Avoid cold foods, drinks as they suppress digestive fire, and disturb digestion and increase toxins in the physiology.
Avoid the consumption of carbonated beverages as they aggravate Vata and diminish “Ojas” (the basis of immunity).
should also used restrictively as it considerably aggravates both Vata and
Pitta. The overuse of caffeine can significantly