Food & Nutrition an Ayurvedic Perspective

Our relationship with food is dynamic, it affects us physically, mentally and spiritually. A positive change will not manifest until we are in tune with our bodies. We have to firstly identify what works for us and then move in that direction.

The Ayurvedic principles are based on balancing the doshas of the body by doing exercise, meditation and following a diet plan. A prerequisite for any kind of growth to take place in the body is harmony

A famous Ayurvedic saying is, “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” A superior diet is one which is more nutrient-rich and a diet which will give us more clean energy to power through the day on a daily basis. We should aspire to incorporate the tenets of Ayurvedic eating principles in our daily routine.

Taking control of our nutrition is easier than we think, we just have to follow the path which Ayurveda unfolds before us. The changes which the Ayurvedic diet brings are very systemic. The problem is fixed from the ground up and therefore requires discipline of the highest order.

Eating According to Our Doshas

Every little food choice we make has a long-lasting impact on our body therefore we should always be mindful of what we are eating. We can make the most of lives if we take control and proper care of our nutrition. The Vedas have mentioned in great detail how the food affects our body weight, functionality of our major organs, immunity, our sleeping routine and aging process.

Mindful Eating

We shouldn’t wait until we can feel our stomach against our belt, rather we should set aside the spoon and fork as soon as we feel satisfied. This helps us in keeping our body-weight in check and ensure that we are conscious of what we are eating. Ayurveda suggests that eating is a time where we should celebrate our bond with mother nature, we should observe the colours, feel the texture and relish the taste with undivided attention.

Eating Fresh

According to Ayurveda, everything has a pranic value i.e. a life force. As time passes by the pranic value deteriorates. Thus eating fresh is extremely important to stay healthy. Eating fresh ensures that we are able to derive the most out of our food.

Wholesome Meal

Ayurveda identifies six tastes and our meal should constitute foods which taste sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. By diversifying our palate we increase the spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals which nourish us and vitalize us.

Going to Bed

Most of the reparative and regenerative process in our bodies while we are sleeping. Healing is a resource intensive and time consuming process. In order for that to happen properly we should be very particular about our sleeping and eating habits. Ayurveda advocates that we should maintain a gap of at least three hours after finishing our dining and before going to bed. This would ensure that the process of healing is not halted because of physical digestion while we are sleeping.

Following Ayurvedic principles is not equivalent to a short term diet plan, it is a way of life. Larger returns will definitely come when you keep following it diligently. There will definitely be times when you would feel like gratifying your senses, and there is no harm in doing so until it is an occasional spike. One might feel that acclimatizing to a change is a very tumultuous process. We at Shree Varma understand the human mind and body. We have helped countless others in harnessing the power of health and healing. We assure you utmost care and compassion. Let’s move onwards and upwards together to a healthier tomorrow.