The relationship between diet and state of health no longer needs to be demonstrated and Ayurveda offers us many indications for healthy eating, since nutrition is one of the pillars of Ayurvedic cures.
But what are Ayurveda’s recommendations for a healthy diet?
Ayurveda first tells us to eat according to the type of Dosha. Selecting foods that minimize the aggravation of the doshas can have a significant positive impact on health.
By nature, they have the characteristics of coolness, roughness and dryness. So, eating foods that contrast these elements such as warm, hydrating, and grounding foods brings balance.
They are characterized by light, oily and spicy qualities, so eating cold foods like cucumber, parsley or peppermint, will help to avoid aggravation of pita dosha.
People with excess kapha dosha are normally attracted to cold, oily, and heavy features. They therefore need to eat light, warm and dry foods for a better balance.
Another important tip is to always put all six flavors in all meals. To maintain the balance of the doshas, it would be ideal for each meal to contain all the rasas, or alternatively, to keep the body healthy, take all six flavors each day. According to Ayurveda, assuming the six tastes of Ayurveda, we introduce all the necessary nutrients and we will feel more satisfied, avoiding overeating.
Another indication in Ayurvedic treatments is indeed not to overfill the stomach, but to always leave space, in order to have good digestion.
Eating in peace and without distractions is another tip for excellent digestion.
Be in the moment and savor the food and the tranquility to the fullest.
These simple tips, if put into practice regularly, can be really effective as Ayurvedic treatments for our health and promote weight loss, even more if accompanied by sport and movement, they encourage awareness in focusing on meals to feel their consistency, smell and taste of food. Practicing mindfulness certainly helps reduce not only body weight but also stress, depression and overeating by improving self-control.
And last but not least, obviously the choice of food: vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits are rich in nutrients and essential substances. While the consumption of processed foods which may be lacking in fiber and essential minerals should be minimized.
Take the time to take care of your diet, for an Ayurvedic cure, and why not, if possible, an Ayurveda retreat!