In Ayurveda, we do not “think” of food in terms of vitamins, proteins or fats: we rather reason in “energies”. Eating well therefore consists in carefully choosing your “fuel” but also in following certain rules to contribute to good digestion.
Contrary to popular belief, Ayurvedic cuisine is not strictly vegetarian: it uses, in particular, ghee (clarified butter) for cooking, as well as dairy products. You can also eat meat, fish and eggs, but always in moderation, or during periods of convalescence
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Dosha nutritional advice
Ayurvedic medicine: nutritional advice according to your dosha
FOODS FROM THE AYURVEDIC MENU
On the menu, above all, healthy products: fruits and vegetables, cereals, dairy products, legumes … We only cook and eat fresh, never canned, ready-made dishes or even frozen! We try to consume what was cooked the same day, at most the next day but not after.
The products are always chosen in season, ideally organic, or at least local. One eats hot, at the limit lukewarm, but not cold, even if it means reheating, because heat is the first stage of digestion, which will thus be facilitated. Finally, each meal must combine the six flavors of ayurveda: sweet (sweet), salty, sour, bitter, spicy and astringent. This does not necessarily translate into complicated dishes, but into good combinations of food and spices.
THE BIG PRINCIPLES TO FOLLOW
Eat only when you are hungry (and not by simple desire to eat, or by social habit), abundantly, enough to satiate but without exceeding your appetite, without ever “filling up”: in Ayurveda, the rule is that the stomach is filled with a third of solid, a third of liquid (water but also soups or juice) and a third of … empty, which allows it to contract more easily. And when you don’t have an appetite, you don’t force yourself to sit at the table and you limit yourself to drinking a herbal tea: no way to force yourself.
Eat in a pleasant place, in peace, slowly and in full awareness, with joy, without bringing your worries and concerns to the table and of course, never in front of a screen! Eating while doing something else or in poor conditions interferes with the digestive process. The dishes are beautifully presented, to take full advantage of the flavors and textures, the scents and their visual appearance, which, again, promotes digestion thanks to salivary enzymes.
Chewing well, which contributes both to good digestion (the salivary enzymes starting the digestion work) and to the establishment of the feeling of satiety since you should not overload yourself but eat your fill .
Eat digestive foods, that is to say that do not cause heaviness, or digestive disorders (pain, gas, bloating, nausea, stomach acid, foul-smelling stools or breath), no feeling of tiredness, nor, obviously, intolerances or allergies. When a food is not really suitable … we avoid it!
Don’t spend hours at the table. Even if they are tasty, the meals must remain simple and fast, All the dishes are served at the same time.