Lessons from Ayurveda
Ayurveda translates to “the science of life.” It is an ancient healing system from India that emphasizes eating in accordance with your individual body type and the seasons. The system promotes health and disease prevention through balancing the doshas, or mind-body types.
Foods encouraged and restricted depend on your particular dosha, but some general guidelines apply to all meals. A basic meal should have something warm, something with protein, a salad and/or vegetables with good oil, spices and flavorings, and something small and sweet for dessert. If you are following an Ayurvedic diet, heavily processed foods, excess sugar and caffeine and large amounts of animal protein are restricted.
Breakfast: Hot cereal with walnuts, honey and spices
Lunch: Portobello mushroom curry with basmati rice, mung bean dahl and sautéed spinach
Snack: Almonds, Eater’s Digest tea
Dinner: Tandoori salmon with yogurt, turmeric and pineapple chutney, brocooli salad and sesame oil and sesame seeds
Desserts: Rice pudding with cardamom, cinnamon, honey and almond milk
The Ayurveda philosophy advocates for people to eat their biggest meal in the middle of the day, because it’s the best time for our bodies to take in and digest a large meal. This way of eating is not for everyone though. You may feel best when you have a large meal at breakfast or at dinner instead. Some people feel better when they eat a large breakfast and lunch and then have a small snack for dinner; others do best with five small meals throughout the day. Experiment with the times of the day you eat and the size of your meals.
To learn more about the doshas and your particular dosha visit www.lifespa.com.