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Nutrition and Diet

“Health and fitness are better than any Gold, and a robust body than countless riches. There is no wealth better than health of body, and no gladness above joy of heart” (Sirach 30:14-16).

“Food is your medicine, Kitchen is your Pharmacy and You are the Healer”.

In Ayurveda, food plays a prominent role in promoting health and is therefore considered as medicine. What you eat directly affect your whole body, mind and soul. Ayurveda has its own unique approach to diet. Food nourishes not only the body but the mind and awareness as well. In Ayurveda food, drinks, and spices are categorized according to their taste (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent), the energetic effect they have on the doshas, as well as their post-digestive effect on the tissues.

Many of the spices used in Ayurvedic diet such as turmeric, ginger, cumin, fenugreek, coriander and cardamom etc are also medicinal herbs used in Ayurvedic Herbology.  Daily using of those spices in your Ayurvedic diet can greatly enhance digestion, absorption and assimilation of food, improve one’s appetite and elimination, nourish the internal organs and prevent doshic imbalance.

Ayurveda Diet by Dosha

Ayurveda can provide great insight about which foods will suit and balance you according to your constitution, dosha imbalance, and season. 

Vata Balancing Foods

  • Always eat warm and cooked food, more of sweet, sour and salty foods.
  • Sweet fruits like cooked apples, grapes, banana, figs, melon, apricots, cherries, avocado, papaya, strawberry and orange. Avoid dry fruits.
  • Vegetables like Carrots, beets, asparagus, cucumber, cooked cabbage, coriander, garlic, cooked onions, sweet potato, zucchini, spinach, sprouts, leek, lettuce, lemon, lime, okra are good and avoid vegetables like cold, raw or frozen, broccoli, eggplant, horseradish, kale, mushroom and white potato.
  • Grains like cooked rice, wheat, oats, quinoa are good and avoid barley, millet, granola, bread and uncooked oats.
  • Red lentils, mung beans, black Chana daal, toor dal, uradal(black gram) are good and avoid black and white beans, brown lentil, kidney beans and soya beans.
  • Seeds like sesame, Chia seeds, Flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are good.
  • Warm cow’s, milk, warm goat milk, yogurt curry, cow’s and goats cheese, butter milk, ghee are good and avoid frozen yogurt with fruits.
  • Nuts like cashew, almond, hazelnut, walnut, peanut, pistachio, brazil nut, coconut, pine nuts are good.
  • Sesame oils, almond oil, castor oil, olive oil and Ghee are good.
  • Avoid cold drinks, frozen foods, alcohol and junk foods.
  • Spices like black pepper, cumin, cardamom, coriander, dry ginger, garlic, pippali, holy basil, bay leaf, garam masala, asafetida. Fennel, fenugreek, turmeric, rosemary, thyme and vanilla are good and avoid extra hot chilli powder.
  • Herbal teas like chamomile, fruit teas, lemon and ginger tea, peppermint tea, licorice tea, fennel tea, warm golden milk and elder flower tea are good.
  • Non Veg: prawns, sardine, salmon, egg, duck, chicken, beef are good and avoid rabbit, pig, venison.

Pitta Balancing Foods

  • Cool and warm food are good.
  • Sweet fruits like apple, avocado, apricot, coconut, grapes, dates, cherries, papaya, pine apple, melon, mango, orange, strawberry, fig and pears are good and avoid most of the sour fruits.
  • Vegetables with sweet & bitter taste like carrots, asparagus, broccoli, bitter guard, cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, greens, celery, kale, okra, mushroom, olives, peas and parsley, pumpkin, Squash and Zuccini are good and avoid pungent vegetables like green chili,  garlic, leek, horse radish, tomato and  mustard green.
  • Grains like cooked rice, barley, couscous, bulgur wheat, cooked oats, quinoa, granola, and pasta are good and avoid Bread (with yeast), millet, corn and buckwheat.
  • Red lentils, mung beans, black Chana daal, kidney beans, and peas are good and avoid Toor dal and ura daal (black gram).
  • Ghee, unsalted butter, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, cow’s milk, goat milk and goat cheese are good and avoid sour cream and salted butter.
  • Non Veg: prawns, egg, duck, chicken, rabbit, venison and buffalo are good and avoid lamb, pig and beef.
  • Nuts like coconut and almond are good and moderate cashew, hazelnut, walnut, peanut, pistachio, brazil nut and pine nuts.
  • Seeds like Flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are good and reduce chia and sesame seeds.
  • Ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil is good.
  • Spices like black pepper, mint, cumin, cardamom, coriander, ginger, holy basil, bay leaf, garam masala, asafetida. Fennel, fenugreek, turmeric, dill, cinnamon, neem leaves, rosemary, thyme and vanilla are good and avoid extra hot chili powder, mustard and garlic.
  • Herbal teas like pepper mint, jasmine, hibiscus, fennel, chamomile, fruit teas, lemon and ginger tea, licorice tea, aloe vera juice, coconut water, coconut cream are good.

Kapha Balancing Foods

  • Warm, astringent and pungent food are good.
  • Fruits like apple, apricot, cherries, strawberry, dry fig, lemon, pomegranate and pears are good avoid banana, dates, papaya, pine apple, plums, mangoes, oranges and figs.
  • Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, green chili, garlic, leek, horse radish, tomato and mustard green are good and avoid pumpkin, potato, cucumber and squash.
  • Grains like barley, buckwheat. couscous, rice, oats, quinoa, granola, millet, corn are good and avoid pasta and bread.
  • Red lentils, mung beans, black Chana daal, black eyed beans, kidney beans, and peas are good and avoid Toor dal and ura daal (black gram).
  • Goat milk and goat cheese, skimmed or semi skimmed milk, unsalted law fat butter, butter milk are good and avoid heavy and sour cream, salted butter, full fat milk and yogurt.
  • Non Veg: prawns, egg, duck, chicken, rabbit, are good and avoid lamb, pig and beef.
  • Nuts should be avoided or taken very little quantity.
  • Chia Seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are good and reduce sesame seeds.
  • Mustard and sunflower oil are good reduce sesame use.
  • Almost all Spices are good like black pepper, clove, garlic, mint, cumin, cardamom, coriander, ginger, holy basil, bay leaf, garam masala, asafetida. Fennel, fenugreek, turmeric, dill, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and vanilla are good and avoid extra hot chili powder, mustard and garlic.
  • Herbal teas like pepper mint, jasmine, hibiscus, fennel, chamomile, fruit teas, lemon and ginger tea, fenugreek tea, green tea, ginger tea with cinnamon and clove, turmeric tea are good.

Ayurvedic diet is unique for its emphasis on making sure each dish is cooked and spiced so as to achieve maximum digestibility to avoid the formation of toxins (which is a result of improperly digested food).

AyurVeda teaches us that vital energy is present in fresh vegetables and fruits. Fresh vegetables contain Prana energy which helps to boost the immune system and sense of vitality. AyurVeda states that it is best to have different types of food every day, in order to keep your digestive system healthy.

Tips

  • Try to include different grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins and flavors.
  • Always include six flavors in your daily diet:
  1. sweet
  2. sour
  3. salty
  4. bitter
  5. astringent (harsh)
  6. pungent
  • Flavor your food with Chutneys or fruit based sauces.  Use turmeric, black pepper, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, dill seeds, fennel seeds in food preparations when possible.
  • Drinking lot of coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks creates Dosha imbalances. It affects the liver and increases toxin levels in the body. Drink more fresh milk, herbal tea, and energy drinks with herbs and spice to increase your energy levels.  When thirsty drink hot water rather than cold water, as it cleanses your digestive tracts.

The following contradictory food combinations is said to weaken one’s immune system, and should therefore be avoided:

Milk and fish
Milk and sour fruits
Milk and eggs
Ghee and honey
Milk and pickles
Milk and yogurt
Hot water and honey
Banana and yogurt
Hot milk and honey

Green Ayurveda cooking classes

 Green Ayurveda cooking classes can provide great insight about which foods will suit and balance you according to your constitution, dosha imbalance, and season. Our Ayurvedic cuisine is unique for its emphasis on making sure each dish is cooked and spiced so as to achieve maximum digestibility to avoid the formation of toxins (which is a result of improperly digested food).

Cooking Class Includes:

  • Learn how to choose foods for your constitution, emotional patterns, and environmental fluctuations.
  • You will learn a practical, simple way of cooking balancing foods.
  • Learn about the energetic effects of different foods
  • The role of taste in Ayurveda, their effects on the doshas, and their actions on the body and mind.
  • Learn to choose a suitable diet to bring balance, harmony and health into your life, based on Ayurvedic principles and your body type.
  • Learn some of the basic concepts behind Ayurvedic cooking
  • The importance of agni (digestive fire) and taste for digestion
  • The qualities or attributes of food.
  • Six taste theory (shad rasa)
  • The importance of cooking with respect and love.
  • Learn the basic Ayurvedic concepts of Rasa (taste), Virya (action), Vipak (post digestive effect) and Prabhav (specific action) as applied to foods and spices.
  • Learn about the fundamental spices of an Ayurvedic kitchen.
  • Understand why certain eating habits can disturb your health by deranging the doshas, and much more!

Green Ayurveda Freshly Homemade Retreat Meals          

Our AyurVedic Lunch is based on recipes from Kerala, India. The recipes will use herbs and spices specially imported from Kerala to enhance the holistic value of your personalized retreat programme.

Enjoy delicious & tasty Green Ayurveda retreat foods with balanced nutrients and Indian spices. Our Ayurvedic food are Holistic and Sattvik, that are pure and wholesome, low in fats and calories, easy to digest and give you maximum Prana – the life energy. After eating our ayurvedic food, you will be satisfied and content, feel much lighter and energetic, your mind will be at ease, stomach will be quiet and your body will respond readily.

Authentic Ayurvedic Freshly Homemade Indian Meals Available on request (Vegetarian)    

£28 per Person.

Menu includes:
Ayurvedic Rice, 2 Vegetarian curries, 2 Side dishes and Poppadum.

Our Ayurvedic foods are freshly home made with balanced Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Which are Holistic and Sattvik, that are pure and wholesome, low in fats and calories, easy to digest and give you maximum Prana – the life energy. After eating our ayurvedic food, you will be satisfied and content, feel much lighter and energetic, your mind will be at ease, stomach will be quiet and your body will respond readily. Enjoy our delicious & tasty Green Ayurveda foods!!!

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