Ayurveda diet: Type appropriate food!
Healthy and vital through proper nutrition
An Ayurveda diet consists of healthy, wholesome food, which aims to restore the body's balance and stimulate the body's self-healing powers. It's not about counting calories or taking in special nutrients and vitamins. According to Ayurvedic teachings, nutrition is more individually tailored to people and their needs.
- Element: wind and air
- Characteristics: small and petite; characterized by lightness, speed and changeability
- Avoid: cold, spicy, dry and bitter foods and too much raw food
- Balancing effect: warm, moist and nourishing foods
- Example: Dairy products, spices with clove, ginger and cinnamon, rice, oils, nuts and wheat
- Element: fire
- Characteristics: very active, rather aggressive and purposeful
- Avoid: tomatoes, citrus fruits, meat and alcohol
- Balancing effect: cold, sweet and bitter foods
- Example: leaf salad, bitter herbs, spices such as turmeric, coriander and cardamom, as well as a lot of raw food
- Element: earth
- Features: stamina, strength and serenity; tends to be overweight
- Avoid: breakfast and greasy, fried, sweet and salty foods
- Balancing effect: light, hot, dry, hot and bitter foods
- Example: chili, mung beans and barley
At the Ayurveda diet, the heaviest meal of the day should in general be around lunchtime because around then the digestive fire, Agni, is at its strongest. The nutritional rules continue to only eat when you are really hungry and avoid snacks. When eating you should not eat until fully sated, but fill the stomach only three quarters. The Ayurveda diet is always supplemented with plenty of water and herbal tea.