Nutrition and Well Being
Nutrition and well being can benefit from a basic understanding of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a system based on the primary elements. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that every being is made up of five universal elements: space (or ether), air, fire, water, and earth. These elements combine to form three energies, or Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. While one dosha may be dominant, everyone is a combination of all three. This combination will ebb and flow through the seasons of the year and the seasons of life. The seasons reflect their Dosha through their temperature, weather patterns, and seasonal foods. In summer, for instance, we balance hotness with cooling and calming activities. In hot temperatures tempers are quick to flare, in that case, cool and calm elements can balance the dosha. Students of Ayurveda believe that health and sickness are reflective of the balance, or lack, of these energies. By balancing these influences it is possible to experience more harmony in your moods, health, and relationships.
are full of creative and artistic energy and are always on the go.
leaders, teachers, and competitors.
calm, grounding forces and nurturers.
The basic rule of balancing your dosha is that opposites attract. Foods that have a balancing effect on the dominant dosha help stabilize the mind and body. When eating for your dosha, let nature be your guide: The foods you need are often the foods in season.
Nutrition by dosha
Vatas benefit from warm, grounding foods that tame their airy and light personalities. Eat More Cooked root vegetables, ghee, olive oil, rice, wheat, bananas, avocados, dried fruit, warm dairy products, chicken, turkey, seafood, eggs, and nuts Eat Less Beans and cold foods (smoothies, green juices, raw vegetables, yogurts
Pittas benefit from cooling, dense foods that calm their fiery digestion. Eat More Milk, butter, ghee, coconut, grapes, melons, cherries, avocados, cucumbers, sweet fruits, and green vegetables Eat Less Sour, acidic, and spicy foods (fermented yogurts, garlic, tomatoes, sour cream, pickles, coffee)
Kaphas benefit from light, dry, and bitter foods that energize them. Eat More Chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, cherries (and other tart fruits), pomegranates, okra, peppers, garlic, chicken, turkey, and spicy foods Eat Less Nuts and seeds, large amounts of dairy and oils, cooked oats, and raw vegetables.