Ayurvedic diet in every day lifestyle

Ayurvedic diet in every day lifestyle

Making an Ayurvedic diet part of you every day lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.

People in the Western world are starting to become more aware of the benefits that Ayurvedic dieting can have on their overall health. However, there are many places that do not have Eastern food markets that are easily accessible.

While it is much easier to find some of the more obscure Ayurvedic foods, herbs, and ingredients in this type of market, the bottom line is that you will be able to find all the foods that you need for this type of diet in pretty much any supermarket.

This article will talk about which foods you should be on the lookout for the next time you go shopping. You will also find out which foods are ideal to consume for your specific dosha, which is another name for an Ayurvedic body type.

First, let us begin be explaining what a dosha is. According to Ayurveda, every person has their own unique blend of three principles of the body and mind. This blend helps to create each person’s unique physical and mental characteristics. Doshas are these three principles.

The three doshas are called Kapha, Pitta and Vata.

If you are unaware of what your dosha is, there are various quizzes online that you can take to let you know. Each dosha has foods that will help to balance it and foods that will aggravate it. The key to maintaining good health through an Ayurvedic diet is to learn which foods to eat and which foods to stay away from as they relate to your dosha.

Vata Balancing Foods

There are a wide range of foods that Vata body types can be found at most supermarkets to more easily balance their bodies. Fruits such as watermelon, prunes, plums, pears, mangos, figs, berries, apples, raisins, pomegranates, pineapples, melons, grapes, dates and avocados are all beneficial. Essentially, any sweet fruit you can find will have a balancing affect on a Vata body type. However, you should also be aware that any sour fruits could cause aggravation for Vatas.

In terms of vegetables, Vatas can feel free to indulge in zucchini, squash, parsnips, olives, green beans, beets, and artichokes to name just a few. Vatas should remember that vegetables that are cooked are the ones that are the most balancing. Raw vegetables should be avoided at all times.

Grains such as wild rice, wheat and oats are all beneficial to Vatas.

As far as dairy products go, yogurt, cheese and milk from a goat, milk from a cow, buttermilk and cheese are all able to be consumed in moderation.

Pitta Balancing Foods

The balancing fruits for Pitta body types are similar to those of Vatas. Sour fruits should also be avoided by Pitta’s. In terms of grains, there are a wider variety that are acceptable, including cooked oats, white rice, oat granola, millet, buckwheat, brown rice and wheat bran.

Acceptable vegetables include mushrooms, potatoes, leafy greens, zucchini, artichokes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Both bitter and sweet vegetables are considered to be balancing for Pittas.

Kapha Balancing Foods

Kaphas can become easily aggravated by dates, bananas, and other sweet fruits. However, all of the fruits listed for Vata body types are acceptable.

There are many nuts and legumes that are known to be balancing for Kaphas, such as white beans, red lentils, navy beans, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, black-eyes peas, split peas, pinto beans, lima beans, pumpkin beans, peanuts, coconut, cashews, Brazil nuts and almonds.

Eggs are acceptable, as long as they are eaten in moderation. There are some foods that may be difficult for many people who are Kapha’s to avoid. If you have this body type, you should stay away from all seafood, lamb, duck, pork, freshwater fish and beef. Even venison should not be consumed. Diluted yogurt and goat’s milk are acceptable dairy products.

There are a wide range of condiments, spices and herbs that are balancing for Kapha’s. Thyme, spearmint, rosemary, peppermint, paprika, onion, mustard seeds, horseradish, garlic, dill, cloves, cayenne, black pepper, basil, poppy seeds, parsley, oregano, mint and ginger can all be used to enhance the flavor of your various Ayurvedic meals.

Super Foods From Your Supermarket

Ayurvedic dieting is one of the cornerstones to effective Ayurvedic living. With the number and proximity of large supermarkets in the West, particularly in the US, there is no longer any reason to avoid this central aspect of maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle!

~  Sanjay,  Ayurvedic Living


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  • nice information and fabulous research team…good luck…

  • When you say kapha balancing diet ,is the herbs and other in gradients will increase or decrease kapha.I hope the lists you have given normally reduces vata pitta and kapha respectively .

    From my experience I think it is very difficult to find people with single dosh predominant. So analysing dosh by test in Internet or books can give you wrong idea about the concepts of Ayurveda diet.

    It is also important to find a person’s age,digestive fire,prakruthi and vikruthi,season,time etc before plan to cook Ayurveda it is important to consult a Ayurveda doctor who can suggest you what can be taken,because every individual have vata pitta and kapha.Also Ayurveda cooking is not only about the herbs and spices from India as Ayurveda is a global science evolved in the region of India in western world also have similar igradients used for Ayurveda cooking.

    I think this topic on Ayurveda cooking can mislead some of the people who are little aware of the concepts of Ayurveda and it will be better to make it more clear.

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  • I whole hugely appreciate and thank Sankriti for this kind of services to humanity, especially Hindus (who might be the major readers of these articles). My conviction is that instead of focusing on what should not, if we concentrate on consolidating the Hindus and strengthening their body and soul through food, yogic practices and mantra chanting, we can make remarkable progress. Every attempt should be to sharpen our focus, practice silence, strengthen our will and scale heights. Kindly continue in your mission with steel resolve. Thank you.