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"Without proper diet, medicine is of no use, with proper diet, medicine is of no need."
ancient Ayurvedic proverb.

Diet is understood as the key to both prevention and treatment of disease in Ayurveda. How we digest and assimilate our food is just as important as what we eat. On this page, you can find tips for good digestion and a healthy, balanced diet:


1. Eat only when hungry and when your last meal is completely digested (approx. 3 - 6 hours).
2. After eating, the stomach should be full to only 3/4 of its capacity.
3. Eat in a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. Always sit while eating; reading, working or watching television should be avoided.
4. Allow yourself 5 - 10 minutes rest after a meal.
5. Always eat at about the same time of day.
6. It is preferable to eat cooked food; salads should be only as a side dish.
7. It is best to eat the main meal around midday; breakfast and evening meal should be light.
8. Avoid eating between meals if there is no real hunger.
9. Food should be fresh and of good quality and both appetizing and warm. Avoid food that has been re-heated or stored.
10. Eat neither too quickly nor too slowly.
11. Use herbs to add flavour to the food and support the digestion. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha churna are especially recommended.
12. During meal times water or fruit juice can be sipped. Warm drinks are preferable, ice cold drinks should be avoided.
13. Avoid drinking milk during meals. Milk should only be combined with toast, grain products and sweet foods.
14. Honey should not be heated and it is therefore not recommended to cook or bake with honey.
15. In the evening it is best to avoid heavy food such as meat, fish, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk etc.
16. Take food supplements as necessary e.g. for the digestion, the stomach or the liver.

Info on Ghee

“Ghee is good for the eyes, a stimulant for digestion, supports glow and beauty, enhances memory and stamina, promotes longevity, and protects the body from various diseases.”
– Bhavaprakash, a classic Ayurvedic text

Ghee is butter from which the water and milk solids have been removed. Ayurveda has traditionally considered ghee to be one of the most health-promoting of all foods. Ghee is said to pacify Vata and Pitta, strengthen the body, improve memory and mental functions, and promote longevity.

Treating Imbalance with Food
Have a balanced diet with all six tastes at all times but if you clearly have the symptoms of an imbalance in one of the doshas favor foods that decrease that dosha and avoid the ones that aggravate it. The following chart gives a small example of using food to balance doshas.

Imbalanced Dosha Favor Reduce
Vata warm unctuous food grains, nuts & seeds cold, salads, hot spices & caffeine
Pitta sweet fruits, milk hot spices, tomatoes
Kapha cooked vegetables sweet desserts, cheese & meat

Vata Pacifying Diet
Most important principles
Favor warm, cooked foods and hot beverages. Soft and unctuous foods, such as pasta, cooked cereals and soups should be favored over dry and crunchy foods. Raw vegetables should be avoided except in small amounts. Avoid cold drinks and frozen desserts (such as ice cream, Popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc.)
Pitta Pacifying Diet
Most important principles
Favor juicy, cooling foods with high water content. Avoid hot spices (chillies, cayenne, jalapeno peppers, etc.), alcohol, vinegar, fried foods, tomatoes, yogurt and cheese. Also, food should be fresh and organic if possible. Avoid leftovers, packaged, canned or bottled foods, processed foods, preservatives, artificial ingredients and salty foods. An asterisk * after the item means it is especially helpful to favor or to avoid that particular food.
Kapha Pacifying Diet
Most important principles
Favor warm foods and hot beverages. Eat a minimum of oil and fat. Avoid cold drinks, cold food, and frozen desserts (such as ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc.) Avoid leftovers, canned, bottled, or packaged foods, frozen foods, processed foods, rich, creamy foods, sweets, salty foods and alcohol. Eat mainly freshly prepared vegetable and legume dishes, with proportionately smaller amounts of grains and fruits. The food should be spiced according to taste. An asterisk* after the item means it is especially helpful to favor or to avoid that particular food.
Vata Pacifying Diet without Heavy Foods
Use this diet if you have symptoms of both Vata and Kapha imbalance or you have symptoms of Vata imbalance with an overweight or ama condition.

Most important principles
Favor warm, cooked foods and warm beverages. Soft and moist foods, such as pasta, cooked cereals and soups should be favored over dry and crunchy foods. Raw vegetables should be avoided. Avoid cold drinks, iced drinks, frozen desserts (such as ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc.,) caffeinated beverages and other stimulants, and carbonated beverages. All foods should be freshly prepared of fresh and ideally organic ingredients. Avoid leftovers, packaged, canned or bottled foods, processed foods, frozen foods, refined sweets and bakery products.

 
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