Ayurveda and The Raw Food Diet
The word, Ayurveda, is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means “Knowledge of Life”.The Ayurvedic approach to life involves listening to and addressing the unique needs of your body, recognizing and balancing your mental and emotional states and deepening your connection with your spirit, your essential self.The raw food diet is based around the principle that eating a diet high in raw food will normalise and alkalise your body. This, in turn, connects the mind with the body; thus, Ayurveda and the Raw Food diet are very similar.This article will hopefully provide a brief guidance on how you could connect the two in a way that is optimal to your health.In Ayurveda, the idea is that you eat according to your ‘dosha’; vata, pitta and kapha.Vata is composed of the elements of air and etherPitta is composed of the elements of fire and waterKapha is composed of the elements of water and earthVata types are generally thin and find it hard to gain weight. Vatas need to get sufficient rest and not overdo things, as they can tire easily.Pitta types are generally medium sized and well proportioned. They also tend to be intelligent, with a sharp wit. Kapha types tend to have sturdy, heavy frames. They are prone to gain weight easily. They often tend to have a positive outlook on life.So, what does this mean, and how does it apply to you?In Ayurveda, it is believed that each person is governed by one dominant dosha and you should eat according to that dosha. However, this article is concerned with Ayurveda and Raw Food, so I will only mention the foods that coincide with both these diets.VataBalances Sweet fruits, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, grapes, melons, asparagus, beets, cucumber, garlic, radishes, zucchini.Aggravates Dried fruits, apples, cranberries, pears, watermelons, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, raw onions.PittaBalances Sweet fruits, avocado, coconut, figs, mango, prunes, sweet and bitter vegetables, cabbage, cucumber, okra, potatoes.Aggravates Sour fruits, berries, bananas, plums, oranges, lemon, pungent vegetables, garlic, onions.KaphaBalances Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, mangos, peaches, pungent and bitter vegetables, broccoli, celery, garlic, onion.Aggravates Sweet and sour fruits, bananas, coconut, melons, papaya, sweet and juicy vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes.There are many suggestions in Ayurveda, which are very easily translated to a Raw Food Diet. Such suggestions areEat mainly seasonal fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grainsEat according to your constitution, or doshaFast for one day every two weeksEstablish a regular eating routineEliminate or limit caffeinated, carbonated and alcoholic beverages from your lifeDrink herbal tea, fruit and vegetable juices
Ayurveda and The Raw Food Diet
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