Especially when it comes to Ayurveda, food is regarded equally, if not more important, with regards to medicine, lifestyle and thoughts. One of the ancient ‘slokas’ or writings even claim that “food is medicine when eaten properly”. Taking this into account, it is absolutely essential that we implement certain dietary tips and tricks into our lifestyle so that we live a better, healthier and happier lifestyle in the long-run.
Eat Natural Foods
According to Ayurveda, the more our bodies are in-tune with nature, the healthier they become. Foods that are processed and have synthetic ingredients do not contain the natural intelligence prevalent in natural foods. Thus, it is best that we consume foods which are natural and unprocessed, such as grains and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and Veggies are your Friend
The guidelines of Vata, Pitta and Kapha helps us choose a variety or fruits and vegetables suited to our unique self. It also promotes bioavailable foods, which means cooked foods are healthier so that it can be metabolised by the body faster.
But stay away from carbonated drinks, alcohol and sugar-rich, processed liquids. Drinking sufficient warm water is integral in the Ayurvedic realm, but herbal teas or warm milk is also extremely beneficial to our bodies. Liquids, too, are determined by our own unique dosha.
2. Say No to Diets
Although certain fad diets prove to be beneficial to thousands of others, it may not be the best idea for our own individual self. Ayurveda takes into account the vital break-up of an individual’s body and mind and prioritizes our uniqueness. It is personalizedand promotes a healthy lifestyle.
3. Stick to your Spices
According to Ayurveda, the balance of flavours in a meal: its sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, etc. are integral to feeding your particular dosha makeup. Spices are an easy way to add flavour and even helps boost immunity.
4. Cleansing Inside-Out
Digestive toxins or ‘ama’ is believed to be the cause of many diseases and disorders. Completing cleanses regularly is essential to reduce this unhealthy toxic build-up. Consuming light, yet nourishing foods, detox teas, fruits and most importantly, warm water, are some ways we can cleanse our bodies from the inside-out.
5. Maintain Good Habits while Eating
We are used to sneaking in unhealthy junk food throughout the day in our busy lives, but Ayurveda recommends staying away from such unhealthy routines. Instead, it focuses on the consumption of three healthy meals, spaced out equally throughout the day, with lunch as the main.
It is important to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with new foods and flavours. Try preparing your favourite vegetables or grains differently to surprise your body.
7. Feed Your Soul
We must eat foods in a calm and harmonious atmosphere to attain its full benefits. Eating freshly prepared food is considered the best.
Since Ayurveda is a life science, it is only right that rather than nourishing just our body, we also focus on living a fulfilling, holistic and wholesome life.