Ayurveda– Or is there anything better? Tips on nutrition and diet

The week is over and I should have accomplished my week of Ayurveda, a healing lifestyle that includes meditation, mindful eating and living. All the guidelines and my starting point, you can find here (The picture you see above is „Korma“, one of my favourite meals – a curry made of cauliflower, tofu and carrots. A recipe I used as a sample you can find here. )

As I moaned in the last blog post , I haven’t gotten any better afterwards. However, I realised that this kind of diet is especially useful when you suffer from an illness. Thus your digestive power (Agni) isn’t strong enough to digest everything properly. This diet is perfect when you feel weak or just want to fasten without fastening.

I couldn’t keep it up for the whole week, nor for the whole day but this challenge taught me that my eating behaviour is not as I wished it would be. There have been moments when I took time to eat and really enjoyed every bite, but there have been times when I rushed through a meal or talked while eating, simply because it is rooted in the Western culture. Surely, it is not a sin but a pleasurable time spend with people you like eating together. The disadvantage of it – You don’t feel what you are eating and how much. Even a friend of my agreed with me about that when I explained the difficulties to her.

"Absolutely, I mean, I have eaten a peach while we were talking and can't remember that I have actually eaten it, not talking about the taste!" 

It is good to include some rituals from the Ayurveda into your daily life, maybe you can breathe some moments before each meal in case you don’t forget and say out loud that your hunger is satisfied when you have finished, so your brain and nervous system get the message clearly.

I just couldn’t fry my cucumber

Lessons I have Learned

Eat what feels right

Don’t pressure or condemn yourself if it doesn’t work like you wanted

Be aware of what you eat

Don’t abolish certain foods

This last one is also considered to foods that actually shouldn’t be eaten like I wanted to. For example avoiding raw fruits and vegetables or not mixing dairy products with fruits or vegetables. Sometimes I could do that but sometimes I just really wanted a fresh apple or banana with some yoghurt. Using plant based products made it very much easier though I had lots of yoghurt in my fridge left.

However, I noticed that I really don’t feel good after having mixed up certain foods. Melons that are just wonderful in summer, shouldn’t be eaten together with anything. Combining hot foods or beverages with cold ones isn’t such a good idea, either. In general, avoiding super cold drinks will make you feel much better and your Agni will thank you for it.

The general advices that everyone knows ( avoid processed meals/food, don’t drink and smoke, don’t overeat, drink plenty of water, etc.) have reasons why they are the most crucial points for everyone. If you stick to them and your gut, you can then take a level further and see what is best for you. If you have some points in mind while you go for groceries or prepare meals, you cannot fail.

Keep in mind that your diet should contain at least 60% of vegetables.

Raw foods are digested better in the morning.

Proteins and fibre should be eaten over the whole day, not only in the evening.

Carbs should not be avoided in the evening.

Everyone is different, that’s why nutrition is different for everyone.

Watch my short video for a delicious breakfast smoothie bowl