As I have already announced on my Instagram account I am excited to try out a completely Ayurvedic week. Which means I will have to apply some „rules“ to the way I am eating, though this has nothing to do with dieting or even worse, losing weight. Haven’t heard of Aurveda yet?
What is Ayurveda?
Translating the term from Sanskrit Ayurveda means „The Science of Life“. Thinking about it, this could include everything and actually it does, it’s all about the body and mind and its symbiosis with the nature around us.
To say it from my own experience and knowledge, Ayurveda is an Eastern way of living which includes especially medicine, awareness and balance of the self. It originates in India and its neighbour countries, so most of the needed ingredients for an Ayurvedic diet are also part of the Indian cuisine. The focus is mainly on healing and nourishing the body with everything it needs to work properly and help attain a stable mind and body connection. When achieving a state of inner balance of the body and soul we find a deeper connection with ourselves and are able to start discovering our qualities and our Self in general.
"You are what you eat"
Describes this perfectly.
First thing to know is, that there are three different types of „doshas“ – Vata, Pita and Kapha. You can quiz yourself and check out what kind of type you are
However, it is very unlikely that only one dosh will apply to you. After doing the test I linked above it resulted that I am Vata-Kapha, which are two quite opposite doshas. On the website of Ayurveda Experience you can get a broader idea of what your dosh means and what kind of needs you have.
Depending on your dosha, you have different advices in terms of nutrition and lifestyle. Though there are some guidelines that apply to every dosha and any individual who also doesn’t want to do get very deep into the experience.
It is a strong shift, I notice after reading some literature.
General Ayurvedic advice
- Meditate regularly
- Eat when you are hungry (simple but hard in reality, because oftentimes we aren’t actually hungry)
- Stop eating when you feel full ( also simple, though we tend to overeat without noticing)
- Eat in a peaceful place without distractions
- Activate your senses
- Have a good night’s sleep (for many harder to achieve than thought)
- Tune in with your body (massage, exercise etc)
The Ayurveda claims that the body and the mind are two inextricable things. We see that very well when patients suffering of depression or other diseases are feeling better when they change their diet and their body treatment. The guidelines are simple and logical but quite hard to maintain If you think of a normal day in Western culture. We go to bed late, eat while we accomplish some work or talk with someone, after we rush to the next appointment. Oftentimes we forget to listen to our body, what it wants until we find ourselves following our cravings in the kitchen.
I noticed that the way we eat, consume and drink and what we eat and drink has a major effect on how I feel in my body and how well I am to accomplish what I wanted.
In my week of Ayurveda I will have to change some of my eating habits even though I consider myself as a very healthy eater.
- Eat warm foods – NO cold drinks, no mixing of cold & warm foods
- Eat your biggest meal before 2pm
- Eat in a specific order of tastes – sweet, sour, spicy,
- Don’t drink too much while eating but also not too little
- Fresh fruits shouldn’t be mixed with anything, raw vegetables shall also be cooked for better digestion
- Milk shouldn’t be mixed with fruits, citrus,
- Protein sources shouldn’t be mixed with carbohydrates
- Animal products shall be avoided
Stay tuned for more information to come! And of course ask and tell whatever is on your heart!