Directly inspired by Ayurveda, a traditional medicine from India, the Ayurvedic diet is a slimming method, beneficial for the health of body and mind. A true philosophy of life in the manner of the Okinawa diet, it combines the happiness of living with dietetics. The point on this balanced diet.
The main principles of the Ayurvedic diet
According to Ayurveda, each person possesses the 5 elements of the universe: earth, fire, air and space. Their mixture generates 3 forms of energy (or doshas): Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The balance between these 3 forms of energy differs from one individual to another and reveals in particular its weaknesses. The goal of Ayurveda is to restore a perfect balance.
Identify your energy imbalance: Kapha, Vata or Pitta
- You’re Kapha if you’re overweight and have a rather calm and passive temperament.
- You’re Vata if you’re rather small, with a stressed, anxious temperament.
- You’re Pitta if you tend to be muscular.
Finding the right dietary remedy
Foods are indicated according to their taste characteristics: sweet, salty, pungent, sour, bitter, astringent and their heating or energizing energy as well as their post-digestive action.
- If you are Kapha, you must eat and drink hot. Favour spicy, bitter and astringent tastes, avoid sweet and salty flavours and cook with little fat, and water should be your food base. It is advisable to divide your diet into several small meals.
- If you are Vata, you should favour the warm, consistent, rather sweet, sour and salty flavours. You should neither eat raw, nor cold or iced. Respecting meal times is also essential.
- If you are Pitta, you must avoid excesses: food and drinks that are too hot, too acidic, too salty, too sweet, too spicy, alcohol, cigarettes. Skipping meals and eating too fast is to be avoided. Bitter, astringent, sweet flavours are suitable.
Ayurvedic Diet: respecting your digestive capacities
Within the Ayurvedic regime, there are several rules to be observed:
- Eat 5 to 6 meals a day instead of 3. Breakfast and dinner are light. Other meals are fruit snacks. The main meal should be lunch, as digestive capacity is at its highest level.
- Take the fruit outside of meals (30 minutes minimum distance).
- Vary the menus.
- Sugars and salts should be replaced by herbs and spices.
- Introduce the favorite herbs of ayurveda to lose weight such as green tea for example.
- Ideally, do not keep leftovers for more than 24 hours after cooking, 36 hours maximum. Do not combine them with fresh produce.
- Do not overload the digestive work by waiting between 3 and 6 hours before eating again.
- Avoid cold, prefer warm or lukewarm. This helps the digestion process.
- Eat quietly and chew your food well.
- Organic should be favoured; empty calories and stimulating products (caffeine…) should be avoided.
- Reduce consumption of animal protein and saturated fatty acids.
Warning: this diet must absolutely be supervised by a health professional, trained in Ayurveda. Also, you can get Deepak Chopra’s book, Losing weight with Ayurveda.
The limits of the Ayurvedic diet
- Within the framework of an Ayurvedic diet, there are risks of allergies and possible contraindications to certain plants.
- Moreover, the Ayurvedic way of life is very far from the benchmarks indicated by the PNNS (national nutrition and health plan). In order not to lose any benchmark of dietary balance, one must be determined to turn to Ayurveda definitively and not to switch from one diet to another.
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