Eating well

Eating for balance: Choosing foods for an ayurvedic diet
According to ayurveda, every individual has unique needs for balance. Since diet is one of the most important ayurvedic tools for achieving balance, ayurvedic healers generally design individualized diets for people they see, based on various factors such as age and gender, the doshic tendencies that need to be balanced at a given time, the strength of the body tissues and the digestive fires, and the level of ama (toxins) in the body. The place where a person lives and the season are also factors that affect dietary dos and don'ts. Notwithstanding the individualized approach to choosing foods for balance, there are some universally applicable principles that are important to follow if you are living an ayurvedic lifestyle: 1.Include the six tastes at every main meal. In ayurveda, foods are classified into six tastes--sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Ayurvedic healers recommend that you include all of these six tastes at each main meal you eat. Each taste has a balancing ability, and including some of each minimizes cravings and balances the appetite and digestion. The general north american diet tends to have too much of the sweet, sour and salty, and not enough of the bitter, pungent and astringent tastes. A fruit-spice chutney or a spice-mix can provide a little of each of the six tastes if you are in a hurry, but it is ideal to

choose foods from each category for complete, balanced nutrition. Just in the category of fresh vegetables and herbs, for example, you could choose fennel bulb or carrot for the sweet taste, fresh lemons for sour, arugula or endive for bitter, radish or white daikon or ginger root for pungent and cabbage or broccoli or cilantro for astringent.

The amalaki rasayana, made from the amla fruit, offers five of the six ayurvedic tastes--all except salty. 2. Choose foods by balancing physical attributes In ayurveda, foods are also categorized as heavy or light, dry or unctuous/liquid and warm or cool (temperature), and different qualities balance different doshas. A balanced main meal should contain some foods of each physical type. Within this overall principle, you can vary the proportions of each type based on your constitution and needs for balance, the season of the year and the place you live. To keep vata dosha in balance, choose more heavy, unctuous or liquid, and warm foods, and fewer dry, light or cool foods. To help balance pitta, focus more on cool, dry and heavy foods, and to balance kapha, try more of light, dry and warm foods. If you live in cooler climes, you'll want to gravitate towards warm comfort foods, and vice versa. Similarly, in winter, when vata dosha tends to increase in most people's constitutions, almost everyone can benefit from including warm soups and nourishing dhals, fresh paneer cheese and whole milk in the diet. In the summer, plan on eating more cool, soothing foods to help keep pitta dosha in balance.

3. Choose foods that are sattvic A third ayurvedic classification of foods is by the effect they have on the non-physical aspects of the physiology--mind, heart, senses and spirit. Sattvic foods have an uplifting yet stabilizing influence, rajasic foods stimulate and can aggravate some aspects of the mind, heart or senses, and tamasic foods breed lethargy and are considered a deterrent to spiritual growth. Everyone, whether actively seeking spiritual growth or not, can benefit by including some sattvic foods at every meal because they help promote mental clarity, emotional serenity and sensual balance and aid in the coordinated functioning of the body, mind, heart, senses and spirit. Almonds, rice, honey, fresh sweet fruits, mung beans and easy-to-digest, fresh seasonal vegetables and leafy greens are examples of sattvic foods. To get the full sattwa from sattvic foods, prepare and eat them whole and fresh. 4. Opt for whole, fresh, in-season, local foods Authentic ayurvedic herbal preparations are made by processing the whole plant or the whole plant part, not by extracting active substances from the plant. Similarly, from the ayurvedic perspective, the most healthful diet consists of whole foods, eaten in as natural a state as possible, the only exception being when removing a peel or cooking helps increase digestibility and assimilation for certain types of constitutions. If the digestive fire is not strong enough, even wholesome foods can turn into ama (toxic matter) in the body. Foods that are frozen, canned, refined so as to denude the food of its nutritive value, processed with artificial colors, flavorings, additives or preservatives, genetically altered, or

dairy. lentils and pulses. flavors and aromas. When your plate reflects an appealing variety of colors. fruits. your digestive juices start freely flowing in anticipation and your body. For the above reasons. textures. any diet that is exclusive in nature is by definition incomplete in its nutritive value and ability to balance all aspects of the physiology. and foods that are organic. each meal should be a feast for all of your senses.grown with chemical pesticides or fertilizers are not recommended by ayurvedic healers. foods that are in-season. because such foods are lacking in chetana--living intelligence--and prana--vital lifeenergy--and will do more harm than good in the physiology. . spices and pure water all have their roles in the balancing process. nuts. mind and heart are all fulfilled by the eating experience. 5. healthy oil or ghee. vegetables. or you gravitate towards the same produce or foods every time you shop. it's best to choose foods and produce that is locally grown or produced. According to ayurveda. If you find yourself eating the same dishes several times a week. try at least a few new foods or fix familiar foods in new ways. resolve now to start making your meals an adventure. Every week. Eat a wide variety of foods for balanced nutrition--whole grains. natural and whole. so that your taste buds and your digestion are constantly exposed to some new stimuli in addition to the familiar. Rotate menus and experiment with a variety of foods The sages that wrote the ancient ayurvedic texts would be horrified by our current fascination with the low-carb diet or the no-fat diet or the juice diet--from the ayurvedic perspective.

They are particularly revered in ayurveda for their ability to enhance digestion and assimilation. tissues and organs. . Fresh herbs such as cilantro or mint are generally added at the end of the cooking process. please consult your physician. Ayurveda recommends spices/herbs to stimulate the digestion before a meal.6. cure or prevent any disease. Sauté spices in a little olive oil or ghee (clarified butter) and pour the mixture over cooked foods. Triphala rasayana helps tone and cleanse the digestive tract and helps nourish the different tissues. during a meal and after a meal. in ayurveda. or simmer spices with foods like beans or grains as they cook. If you have a medical concern. Note: this information is educational. Eating a bit of fresh ginger and lemon about 30 minutes before a main meal helps kick-start the digestion. helps balance the production of stomach acid and nourishes the body tissues. Spices. Include spices and herbs in your daily diet: Spices and herbs are concentrated forms of nature's healing intelligence. help cleanse ama (toxins) from the body and their yogavahi property--their ability to transport the healing and nutritive value of other components of the diet to the cells. Eating dishes cooked with a variety of spices and herbs helps the process of digestion --absorption--assimilation--elimination. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal helps digestion and freshens the breath naturally as well. and is not intended to diagnose. Ayurvedic rasayanas such as amalaki and triphala offer additional ways to help nourish and cleanse the digestive system. Amalaki rasayana helps enhance digestion. just before serving. are generally eaten cooked. treat.

Today. the centers for disease control and prevention. gesturing with wonder. mom." he blurts. people who are not overweight are in the minority. even our pets are packing on the pounds: 25 percent of cats and dogs are overweight. including the prediction that obesity might soon overtake smoking as the no.s. 1 cause of preventable death in the united states. Two-thirds of americans are carrying around too much weight. Last year. obesity rates have doubled. and the percentage of pudgy kids has tripled. medical authorities like the surgeon general. In my memory. In the last three decades. are so tight that their buttons are about to pop off). history. But one woman stands out in the crowd: a thin. the national institutes of health. it¶s a stenciling of pedestrians ambling down a metropolitan street.Ayurveda & natural healing Ayurveda weighs in on the obesity epidemic I was paging through the new yorker recently when a cartoon caught my eye. "look. They are almost spherical. A tubby boy and his mother are standing across the road. The fat boy tugs on his mother¶s pant leg. like blimps about to lift into the air. incidentally. Our nation¶s weight problems are draining . and the american heart association released ominous warnings about the future of our country¶s health. watching the herd of roly-poly people (whose clothes. "a skinny lady!" The cartoon is a twist on last year¶s breaking news: for the first time in u. leggy young lady striding along in high heels and a pencil skirt. and half of those are obese.

Chitosan). teachers. you may be able to use the plethora of stem cells embedded in your midriff¶s "spare tire" to help treat the medical complications caused by obesity.a. the situation has become so bizarre that stem cell researchers at ucla and the university of pittsburgh predict that in five or ten years. They¶re eating ungodly amounts of bacon on atkins. Robert svoboda.both our economy (racking up an annual $117 billion in medical bills) and our lives (killing 365. They¶re paying $30. and vasant lad are the trailblazers who. And in the field of genetics. and i¶ve contemplated the purported causes. have introduced ayurveda to a wider audience around the world and have collectively written more than 15 books on the subject. over the past few decades. searching for greener (less fattening) pastures. overweight americans who are sick of the consume-fewer-calories-and-exercisemore equation are darting in other directions. They¶re popping bogus "fat-trapping" pills full of shellfish skeletons (a.k. knowledgeable experts in the field. In an attempt to reverse this trend. i began to wonder: what would ayurveda say about our eating imbalances? In search of answers. and practitioners who are grounded in the ancient texts and in the lineage-based tradition of ayurveda²reveal the real . These developments are disturbing. i spoke to three of the most articulate.000 people a year). david frawley.000 to get their stomachs stapled. After a while. These experts²scholars. the proposed solutions. the people and the industries nominated for blame. How²and when²did we get so out of control? So far removed from nature? So complicated and high-tech and absurd? I¶ve been following the media hype about our nation¶s weight problems for more than a year.

Problem #1: material abundance often adds pounds. because only the rich had the luxury of becoming fat. people are not trained to evaluate for themselves what is the best way for them to live. When you add all of these . As a result. How could this happen? Is the old ayurvedic principle outdated? Yes and no. while high-quality food is expensive and harder to find. there¶s too much leisure. there¶s too much of everything. it¶s a little ridiculous to say that you¶re poor because you can¶t afford high-quality food. . even though the former promotes weight gain and ill health. the kind of poverty that we have here is much richer poverty than there is in other parts of the world." but interestingly. On one hand. . for example. but still. So poor people often get more bang for their buck in weight-producing junk food than in fresh whole foods. "although there are a lot of poor people in this country.causes behind america¶s weight problems and offer natural solutions (that don¶t cost $30. This is a land of milk and honey." he says: "there¶s too much food. bad-quality food is cheap and readily available. there¶s too much entertainment. says svoboda. On the other hand. Thousands of years ago. and nobody teaches them. the food that is available to poor people in america is often undesirable." Svoboda thinks that america¶s obesity problem is mostly "a problem of excess. Granted. say lad and svoboda. which slows down our metabolism and makes us even heavier. ayurveda classified obesity as a disease of affluence. when you compare them to poor people in india. We¶ve tried to compensate with erratic dieting. As lad points out.000). . one out of every four adults who live below the poverty level is obese. "the fact that two-thirds of americans are overweight shows that there is great prosperity in this country.

as he explains. they would eat one-fourth less than normal. too. they burn off fewer calories and store more fat than they did previously.factors together it¶s surprising that anyone in this country is thin." Standard american behavior²overeating (especially junk food) and underexercising²makes you fat. and on the fourth to sixth days eat only one fourth as much . he says. Ninety percent of dieters return to their original weight or even add pounds. In the old days. svoboda says. That¶s because. Crash dieting therefore increases the body¶s fat ideal and makes you fatter. "so you need to be patient about reeducating your body. overweight patients would slowly eliminate unhealthy foods over the course of seven days. and their bodies are now wary of starvation and want to store even more just in case such an episode is repeated. [see "problem #6: emotional eating" for more." which is very common in our culture. "on the first day. Crash dieting does. on the second and third days eat one-half less. Their metabolic rates have dropped.] Solution Your body has adapted to your eating patterns²even if some of them are unhealthy. dieting also disturbs or increases the vata dosha and aggravates "nervous-type obesity. "when dieters go back to their normal eating habits at the end of the diet. instead of shocking your body by going on a strict diet for a short period of time and then reverting back to your old ways because you can¶t maintain the austerity." explains svoboda. "and it tends to hold onto its habits tenaciously. As svoboda explains." frawley says that in addition to suppressing your agni (digestive fire) and slowing down your metabolism." ayurvedic texts recommend reducing the amount of the unhealthy foods you eat by fourths.

and beans that have been ripened by the sun and harvested as recently as possible. . is this: "we¶re overeating food that is too heavy. As he explains. . lifeless food." Ayurveda¶s list of "dead foods" includes frozen. cold-turkey method. unripe or overripe food. We have a diet that according to ayurveda increases not only kapha. too greasy. These whole-foods . And we don¶t cook anymore. we microwave processed food. refined flour. says frawley. . fast foods. it makes us heavy and sedentary. If food doesn¶t have prana in it." nowadays. too processed. processed foods that come in a bag or a they were accustomed to eating. but also ama." Problem #2: we overeat poor-quality. and too weight-producing. and microwaved foods. veggies. rice. but the principle of gradual removal is. because of its lack of freshness and its lack of prana. Another problem. svoboda says. or toxins. canned. it doesn¶t have a vitalizing effect on the body. too oily. and often contribute to the buildup of toxins in the body. This food tends to be heavy and tends to accumulate as fat instead of being built up into better-quality tissues. We use poor-quality oils and eat too much refined sugar. "the modern body often needs more than a week to adjust. far better for the system than the sudden. "the goal of eating is to absorb the prana of the food. These foods have less prana than fresh food. according to frawley. when feasible. like arthritis." Solution The yogic rule of thumb is to eat "living" food: fresh fruits. which can lead to diseases of ama. Instead. overcooked or undercooked food. stale or burned food. so that by the seventh day they are free of the addiction.

says frawley. healthy body weight. page 00. see "phony foods" by dr. vitalizing effect on the body and mind. and not exercising enough) and very few things that strengthen it. Strengthening this area will kindle your digestive fire. and a sense of energy and vitality. is one of the keys to healthy body weight (and to vibrant health in general). in the form of digestive fire. Solar work In the human body. But when agni is weak. properly functioning agni. Solution Stoke your digestive fire with these simple ayurvedic techniques. or ama. According to ayurveda.ingredients have a more nourishing. and energy throughout the body. we do a lot of things that suppress agni (overeating. When we¶re unable to rid ourselves of these wastes. include abdominal . we¶re blessed with efficient digestion. ama accumulates and can lead to weight gain and. Unfortunately. eventually. So in addition to regular exercise. minimal toxic buildup. Carrie demers. digestion is incomplete and leaves behind toxins that interfere with the flow of blood. eating too much heavy or cold food. lymph. When agni is balanced and burning brightly. [for more. Agni helps us assimilate nutrients and eliminate wastes.] Problem #3: our digestive fire is weak. disease. eating too frequently. the seat of agni is the solar plexus. offering more satisfaction in smaller quantities and fewer calories than the more conventional fast foods. sleeping too much.

and then allow your stomach to rest until the sun comes up the following day. That¶s why it is wise to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. according to ayurveda. the body is programmed to direct its energy toward cleansing and assimilation in the hours just before midnight. eat a lighter dinner as the sun is waning. is especially recommended for people with kapha imbalances. They suppress agni and increase weight in the body. To support this process. The 12-hour fast also respects agni¶s daily waxing and waning cycle which. crunches. ayurvedic physicians recommend refraining from late-night snacks and going to bed around 10 p. and cellular cleansing in a more concentrated way. prevents ama accumulation. learn the hatha yoga kriya practice of agni sara.m.strengtheners such as sit-ups. And under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher. emotional.. This fast supports metabolism. or coke with your meals. They recommend fasting for 12 hours every night²between dinner and breakfast (7 p.m. and. The 12-hour fast According to ayurveda. according to frawley. for example).m. . normalizes weight. Other quick tips ‡ avoid taking cold drinks like ice water. eat your largest meal at noon when the sun is the strongest. when agni is the weakest. To 7 a. milk. corresponds to the rising and setting of the sun. This frees the body from the burdens of meal-related digestion so it can conduct mental. or leg-lifts for 5-10 minutes a day.

‡ make sure that your right nostril is open. Don¶t fall asleep. We eat while we are watching tv. do 5 minutes of diaphragmatic breathing. walking down the street. driving to work. According to the ancient texts. Lad points out that most americans eat anywhere but at the kitchen table. nostril dominance has subtle effects on your energy and can help or hinder your digestion. and ideal for digestion. When the right nostril is dominant. ask yourself. This activates the body¶s rest-and-digest response. Before you eat. "before eating. This gives the body time to digest most of the previous meal before it begins digesting a new meal or a snack. relaxing the nervous system and enhancing blood flow to the . How can you digest your food if you¶re not paying attention to it? Solution It is much healthier to sit down at the table and give full attention to your meal. Problem #4: mindless eating. ‡ fast for at least three hours after eating. and clove to your food. he says. keep your right nostril open for a bit longer by taking a stroll for 5 to 10 minutes. This will also kindle agni. This is a bad idea.‡ add some mild spices such as ginger. checking our e-mail. or by lying on your left side in a quiet room. When you finish eating. garlic. cinnamon. Here are a few more tips to bring you into the present moment with your food. the energy in your body is warm. active. or not?¶" lad advises. though² napping after a meal will impede the digestion process and encourage weight gain. talking on the phone. black pepper. µam i really hungry.

an offering made into the internal digestive fire in much the same way that offerings are made into external sacrificial fires. Why. "eating is a sacred act. and chew each bite of food 32 times." [for more about food and prayer. "we don¶t have enough physical or mental movement in our society.digestive organs. "some people will sit on the couch with a big bucket of popcorn drenched in salt and butter and a large can of coca-cola and watch a football match²and that¶s their . Problem #5: we have become couch potatoes. even though everyone knows that regular exercise is one of the main keys to weight loss (and to optimal health in general). It also helps you tune into your body so that you eat only what your body needs." he says. pay attention to the sensations of eating. of all living beings. then." Lad agrees. Say a prayer of thanks. Only 24 percent of americans work out vigorously at least three times a week. It shows a basic lifestyle imbalance.] Eat in solitude or in pleasant company with a cheerful mind. Strong emotions distract your attention. page 00. "we¶re too dependent upon entertainment and stimulation. Efficient digestion will take place when you eat at a relaxed pace. he writes. Svoboda believes this is the most important of all the ayurvedic rules of eating (and there are many) because "food is the prana." in ayurveda for women. see points of practice. and we have many. People are becoming more passive. don¶t we exercise more? Frawley believes our couch potato habits reflect deeper social problems. the life force.

proteins." it also improves immune function. he writes. and increasing stamina. and carbohydrates. . ‡ exercise alone or in pleasant company. and longevity. you have to do rich exercise. Exercise that causes discomfort or strain is considered harmful because it gives your body extra repair work to do. watching tv. Stop here. A few other ayurvedic principles: ‡ exercise outdoors when possible. "exercise . and you become chubby. one or two predominate. under the arms. Solution Ayurveda recommends that you exercise daily until sweat forms on the forehead. you¶re less likely to overdo and injure yourself. destroying fat. Ayurveda urges us to be mindful when we exercise. ‡ don¶t distract yourself by listening to music. In ayurveda: life. ‡ choose enjoyable activities that are suited to your nature. or prakriti. As lad points out. he says. says svoboda. pitta. and along the spine. health. promoting circulation and the excretion of wastes. the unburned calories add to the adipose tissue. when you¶re grounded in your body. exercise has countless benefits. But to digest rich food. This signals your breaking point. ." From an ayurvedic point of view. Your prakriti is composed of three doshas (humors): vata. and kapha. or talking excessively while you exercise. . improving lung efficiency. fat. In most of us. "american food is rich in calories. which comes when you reach 50 percent of your capacity. Otherwise.exercise!" but people who want to lose weight can¶t afford to be sedentary. Enables more prana to reach the tissues by« clearing all channels.

According to svoboda. Because they tend to overdo it. the organism experiences a sensation of danger. and metabolize what they eat.Vata types need exercise that is low impact (to protect their joints) and stabilizing. Unease creates anxiety. sustained exercise that makes them break a sweat. Problem #6: emotional eating. they may try to seek love through food. When individuals are missing love." so according to . they need to pay particular attention to their bodies and stop before they reach their breaking point. "we live in a very unstable world. absorb." he explains." he says. and love is the food of the soul. digest. and anxiety creates vata." Svoboda has another take on the underlying causes of emotional eating. Pitta-dominant people will reap more benefits from activities that cool their fiery nature (like swimming) and encourage them to enjoy themselves instead of competing against others (like hiking). "there is a very important relationship between love and food. One way to create a greater sensation of stability is to increase the amount of mass in your system. and this tells the mind to encourage the body to do all sorts of things to make it feel more stable. Kapha types gravitate toward laid-back sports like golf but they benefit most from hard. but if their agni is not strong enough to assimilate. When there is plenty of vata. Lad has a similar opinion. "food is the food of the body. loneliness and fear can make you gain weight because these emotions will drive you to overeat. "political and economic forces are encouraging us to be uneasy. they gain weight.

"they will help you drastically lose weight. no flawless surgery to make our excess flab disappear. a one-pot meal of seasoned rice and mung dal. "ki also means µspace." An empowering way to lose weight Ayurvedic experts have always been skeptical of quick-fix weight-loss tactics because there is no magic pill.¶" lad explains. they will need to re-create a sense of stability for themselves through activities other than overeating. balancing food that promotes cleansing and detoxification. Also. according to lad. and it . kitchari improves clarity of perception and promotes a calm. pranayama. Lad recommends a regular routine of asana. This leads to more desire to eat. loving.¶ and chari means µmove.¶ so kitchari helps you move into the inner space. the foods they choose don¶t satisfy their cellular needs. It¶s a wholesome. Kitchari. These basic yoga practices are the best remedies for loneliness and fear. gives the body cellular satisfaction. It takes a long time to become clinically overweight." Lad also recommends including an ayurvedic dish called kitchari. which leads to bingeing and other eating disorders. "kitchari is the sanskrit word for µfood of god. on the other hand. "when people are eating emotionally. and compassionate state of mind. quiet. and meditation. sattvic. people overeat in an attempt to create a sense of stability and calm their fears. in your diet.svoboda. no perfect diet. and. says svoboda. Solution If emotional eaters want to lose weight. the inner sky of consciousness.

eating pranarich food. and build muscle effortlessly and become healthy. Half of all herbs sold in the united states are geared for weight loss. If you¶re struggling with your weight or know someone who is." but selling the dream is not the same as offering a solution. crash dieting. happy. For that. you may want to consider the weight-loss strategies that frawley. stoking digestive fire. Exercise facts ‡ people who walk for 30 minutes a day are healthier than those who opt for high-intensity workouts. and able to handle life¶s challenges than those who don¶t. eating with full attention. Yet in spite of all this. While pill popping. capable. and gastric bypass procedures may produce dramatic. and the federal trade commission estimates that annual revenue from sales of diet foods and beverages is a whopping $40 billion. and practicing yoga²can help us shed pounds in ways that enhance our health instead of harming it. and sexy. lad. burn fat. Entrepreneurs everywhere are selling the new american dream: "lose weight. .takes a long time to whittle our way down to a healthy weight again. the risks are high and the benefits illusory. the demand for quick fixes continues to skyrocket. ‡ studies show that people who exercise regularly feel more confident. These low-tech solutions²making gradual dietary changes. short-term weight loss. But the excess weight will gradually melt away²never to reappear. exercising regularly. we need to look to the wisdom of ayurveda. and svoboda offer here.

Rinse the rice and mung dal until the water is clear. In a saucepan over medium heat. uncovered. Add the rice. Boil for 5 minutes. stirring occasionally.) Will increase your obesity risk by 6 percent. rollerblading. mung dal. . Add the water and bring to a boil. Stir a moment until the seeds pop. turmeric. biking. How to make diet kitchari (serves 4) 1 cup basmati rice 1 cup mung dal 1 tablespoon ghee 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon brown mustard 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon rock salt 4 cups water 1. etc.‡ every additional daily hour that you spend in a car (instead of walking. 4. and salt. and stir until well blended with the spices. heat the ghee and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. 3. 2.

According to ayurvedic expert robert e. and until the ends of their lives they will find it easy to gain weight and difficult to take it off again. while commercials for fruits and vegetables remain in short supply. ‡ 86 percent of kids who are obese get that way before their 6th birthday. Researchers estimate that up to 70 percent of those ads are for food. about 20±25 minutes. ‡ 30 percent of kids between 6 and 19 years old are obese. or in danger of becoming overweight.5. Today they see about 40. ‡ american teens drink nearly twice as much soda as milk." ‡ in the 1970s. (adapted from ayurvedic cooking for self healing by usha lad and vasant lad) Did you know? ‡ although 64 percent of americans are overweight or obese. "children who are overfed poor diets are sure to develop a large number of fat cells. ‡ 25 percent of all vegetables eaten in the united states are french fries. kids were exposed to about 20. According to time.000. Turn down the heat to low and cover. the ratio was reversed. high-salt foods have more than doubled since the 1980s. Twenty years ago. Svoboda. Cook until tender. leaving the lid slightly ajar.000 tv ads a year. Fat babies make for fat adults. overweight. only 30 percent realize they are too heavy. "ads for high-fat." .

‡ for the first time in history. overweight people in the world as those who are underfed and underweight. Hot water or herbal tea is good to sip when eating and if your digestion is sluggish you could make a simple ginger tea by grating some fresh ginger and adding it to a cup of freshly boiled hot water. Playing with fire Mid-day is the time when your digestive "fire" is at it's most potent and that's why ayurveda advises making lunch the main meal of the day. This is very good for digestion. thirst quenching and cleansing to the deeper tissues of the body. Milk doesn't mix with meals either. According to ayurveda. there are as many overfed. Get water wise Sip room temperature water with meals. ice cold drinks weaken the digestion. Allowing 4-6 hours between lunch and dinner and eating a light evening meal helps reduce acid reflux because you're not settling down for the night on a full stomach. Eating habits .

sour. The gap between two meals should not be more. clear skin.y y y y y Food should be full of nutrients having an ideal mixture of all the six tastes (sweet. Hence. It should be masticated well before swallowing. After eating a full course of meal. Healthy food should be taken regularly twice a day only. medicines and weight loss ayurvedic ayurvedic medicines are designed. bhibitaki (terminalia chebula) and haritaki (terminalia bellirica). improved digestive system. ayurveda recommends that one should fill-up his belly daily at least twice with small quantities of snacks so as to remain active. It contains antioxidant . pitta. According to ayurveda. imbalance of vata. It means as long as we are active during the day we should take something at an interval of 4 to 5 hours. detoxification. neither should we allow our stomach to remain empty for more than 6 hours. Triphala: triphala benefits include weight loss. etc. bitter and astringent). salty. Different ayurvedic body types are treated with different medicines. improved eye health. and kapha systems leads to health problems which include being overweight or underweight. nor should we fill it up again before at least 3 hours are passed. taking into consideration mind-body relationship. Such a small meal is known as antarbhojan. spicy. Here are some of the best ayurvedic medicines for weight loss. improved heart health. Triphala means three fruits and the triphala choorna (powder) is a mixture of amalaki (emblica officinalis). A meal should neither be taken too hastily nor too slowly.

trikatu (a combination of equal parts of black pepper. Guduchi (tinospora cordifolia). It stimulates the production and release of bile. aloe vera. . Mint promotes weight loss. alcoholic drinks. eating oily and greasy foods. It enhances the function of liver as well as thyroid gland. Herbal medicines are prepared by mixing various herbs. Take a look at the following tips if you want to take ayurvedic medicine for weight loss. Are some of the main reasons of excessive weight gain. consuming highly processed foods. Guggul helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels and ensures heart health. you need to follow a weight loss diet and improve your eating habits. Guggul: guggul extract benefits include improved rate of body metabolism and healthy weight loss.vitamin c. sodas. According to ayurveda. To achieve desired weight loss. Herbal medicines: doctors and dietitians recommend natural herbs for weight loss. shilajit. etc. barberry are used to make weight loss medicine in ayurveda. improper mixing of food items in one meal can result in several health problems. It helps lower excessive water content of body tissues and it also lowers hunger pangs. Include mint tea or mint chutney in your diet. and pippali or indian long pepper). Sedentary lifestyle. This helps improve the rate of metabolism which in turn leads to weight loss. Ayurvedic weight loss: tips y y Use hot water for drinking. genetics. lack of exercise. A number of herbs help get rid of obesity but you need to follow an ayurvedic diet and yoga exercises regularly. ginger. gotu kola. Avoid caffeine.

I hope you find the above information regarding the best ayurvedic medicines for . herbal teas. Avoid too much of salt also. Read more on amla juice benefits. Some of the medicines may exhibit laxative properties. Avoid foods rich in fat. etc. Traditional ayurvedic medicines are being used in india. butter. or astringent spices and herbs in your diet. Opt for a juice fasting plan or a liquid diet once in a week.y y y y y y Drinking amla juice regularly is beneficial if you are thinking of losing weight naturally. You may take ayurvedic medicines with honey. Avoid rice. meat products. It is better to consult a doctor before opting for new medicines. Bitter gourd and bitter variety of drumsticks promote weight loss. Benefits of cinnamon and honey are well known. These medicines are available in various forms such as juice. potato. ginger. light soups. powder. Both promote weight loss. and black pepper. for example. Keep a list of low calorie fruits and vegetables handy. Medicated ghee and oils are also taken internally or applied externally (massage therapy) to attain desired weight loss. For example. tablet. since six thousand years. infusion. Include more number of pungent (spicy). bitter. You may read more on cinnamon and honey diet. cheese. cumin. Regular intake of carrot juice promotes weight loss. turmeric. sugar which are high in simple carbohydrates. cayenne. mustard seed. decoction. etc. warm skim milk. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. paste. You can have fruit or vegetable juices.

Nancy lonsdorf. medical director of the maharishi ayur-veda center at the raj in fairfield. Do not forget to follow the instructions provided with medicines. To make that happen. If you're longing for something sweet. This .d. m. douillard has observed. Seasonal eating means separate menus for spring. douillard and other ayurvedic practitioners say you need to follow these four golden rules. But she recommends that you try to interpret your cravings and give your body what it really needs. summer. When you're synchronized with nature's cycles. you ask? Ayurveda divides the year into six seasons. Eating foods when they're in season helps your body connect with nature. Douillard combined those six into three main seasons to simplify matters. (what happened to fall. Golden rule #1 Eat foods appropriate to each season.. and to bring your body back to balance. says it's okay to give in to unhealthy cravings sometimes. The best way to beat your cravings and lose any extra weight is to train your body to burn fat instead of carbs. you reduce the chances that your body will go into emergency mode and burn carbohydrates instead of the nonemergency fuel. fat. and winter. iowa.) The idea is that you can eat whatever you want and as much as you want as long as the food comes from the correct harvest.weight loss. You'll also start to yearn for healthy foods as they're ripening and will be less likely to crave chips or soda. try a juicy pear instead of a candy bar.

which emphasizes warmer. but douillard says you'll lose them easily . Practitioners classify foods according to the way they affect your body. heavier foods. for example. and others cool you down. Chicken and fish are warming. But to figure out when to eat foods like fish. which are harvested in winter in other parts of the world. Foods like rice are naturally balanced. don't grow much produce in winter months. you can supplement with foods harvested around the world in that same season. The summer season stretches from july to october. Sixty to 70 percent of what you eat should be carbohydrates. In november. but northerners can eat grapefruits. including good fats from nuts and cold-water fish. for example. meaning they fall somewhere between hot and cold." page 126.doesn't mean you're restricted to locally grown foods. and rice (which don't have an obvious growing season). Dairy products. so you should eat them most often in winter. it helps to understand some basic ayurvedic principles. Foods like these may lead you to gain extra pounds in winter. and the rest should be split evenly between fats and protein. and one way they arrange them is by their warming or cooling energy. Northern states. naturally cooling fruits and vegetables should make up the bulk of your diet. The carbs will give you energy for the last of summer's long. so right now. so you can eat them in more than one season. begin the winter diet. For more examples. are considered cooling foods that are best eaten in the summer to balance the heat of that season. poultry. Some foods warm you up. Knowing a little about growing seasons makes it easy to choose the right fruits and vegetables for each time of year. busy days. see "the right foods for each season.

because the spring diet ignites your body's ability to burn fat. sleep habits. and kapha. and 30 percent from protein. adhere to the winter diet for just four to six weeks and move to the spring diet sooner. followed from march to june. each of us has one of three doshas. leading to more weight gain. for example. Golden rule #2 Adjust your diet for your body type. but douillard prefers to think of them in terms of seasons. or spring type. and bitter greens. Pay attention to the length of each season in your area.) . or body types. These types are based in part on your body shape. 60 percent from carbs. If you live in the southwest. he says. is low-fat and low-calorie to detoxify your body and help you shed winter's excess. but one or two usually predominate. he says you can be a winter. and 30 percent carbs. The spring diet. According to ayurvedic teaching. where winters are short. 30 percent fat. you'll crave inappropriate foods the rest of the year. (if you skimp on heavier foods in winter. take the quiz "what's your type?" next page. Plan meals around foods like sprouts. berries. pitta. but they also take into account your temperament. and dietary preferences. Ayurvedic practitioners know these types as vata. These dates for the seasons are approximate. Which of the following profiles best matches you? (for more help determining your dosha. Douillard says you should shoot for about 60 percent of your diet from fats. Most of us possess characteristics from all three types. summer.) Your diet should be 40 percent protein.

you need to fine-tune it according to your body type. A driven competitor. Kapha/spring if you tend to retain water. You tend to have a thinner build and to perform tasks quickly. Golden rule #3 Eat your biggest meal of the day at lunch. easy-going. If you're a winter type. even in winter. and less vulnerable to stress. You have a larger frame and are sociable. The second way to fine-tune is to extend the diet for your personal season. you need to pay close attention to the winter diet and try especially hard not to eat out-of-season foods in winter months. . douillard adds. "one of the best ways to end cravings is to have a full tank of gas. The same goes for summer and spring types. you appear self-confident and are a good public speaker. You usually move slowly. you haven't eaten enough lunch. and you're prone to worry when under stress. Pitta/summer you often feel hot. To get the best results from the seasonal diet. but you have high endurance. this could be you. with a slower metabolism. Stress makes you irritable or angry. That's where douillard's names for body types come in handy. If you're voracious at dinner. You're intellectual." douillard says.Vata/winter you feel cold even when the mercury rises. You're a go-with-the-flow type. Ayurvedic experts recommend eating your big meal at midday. which will give you long-lasting energy to power past prime craving time in the mid to late afternoon. You have a medium build and perform most tasks at a moderate speed. starting it a month early and ending it a month late.

2001). and on both days of the weekend. a process that should occur around midnight. He uses an appetite scale of 0 (empty) to 10 (what you might feel on . your body will be so busy digesting that it won't be able to detoxify.d. not working on a crossword puzzle or watching television. Douillard recommends starting your day with a light breakfast so you're ready for a big meal at lunch." says virender sodhi. Your body digests food best when you relax. Dinner should also be a light meal. Douillard adds that if you sit quietly for 10 minutes after you eat to aid digestion. and co-author of grow younger... an ayurvedic physician and naturopath in bellevue. Relaxation and mindfulness have other mealtime advantages. medical director of the chopra center for health and well-being in la jolla. but he suggests practicing the 51 percent principle: eat this way most of the time and you'll benefit.d. too: you will notice when you're satisfied and be less likely to overeat.. Ayurveda teaches that when you eat a meal. calif. you should be doing just that. n. m. "make mealtime a ritual." says david simon. And if you eat too much at dinner. "in ayurveda.Ayurvedic practitioners believe your body digests a big meal better in the afternoon than at night. you won't get sleepy. live longer: the 10 steps to reverse aging (harmony books. like a bowl of soup or a salad. we encourage people to honor those signals by not putting anything in their mouth unless they are getting strong hunger signals from the body.d. Create an inviting atmosphere and prepare your own food when possible. Try to have a large lunch twice during the work week. so eat slowly and make an effort to use your entire lunch break.. m. Douillard acknowledges that a big lunch isn't always possible. wash.

and kaphas as springs. According to john douillard.. beets.. and melons * light white rice. bananas. and sweet potatoes * warming whole grains like brown rice and wheat * filling fruits like avocados. an ayurvedic physician in boulder. here are some of the foods ayurvedic practitioners say you should emphasize in each season. d.) Summer (july through october) * cooling summer vegetables like asparagus. and ice cream Winter (november through february) * sour citrus fruits like grapefruits and lemons * autumnal root vegetables like carrots.c.. cucumbers. soybeans (including tofu). colo. sweet summer fruits like cherries. The right foods for each season To ward off cravings and weight gain. and dates * healthy-fat foods like nuts and cold-water fish (such as salmon) .d. and zucchini * juicy. (fall is divided between summer and winter.thanksgiving) and suggests that you stop eating at about level 7. grapes. ph. especially basmati * wheat. pittas as summers. vatas can also be thought of as winters. lettuce.

* protein-rich and warming tofu and chicken Spring (march through june) * detoxifying bitter greens like kale. and mung beans * warming whole grains like buckwheat and millet * dried fruits such as apricots and raisins . lentils. and spinach * all legumes. mustard greens. parsley. including chickpeas.

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