Your Ayurvedic Diet
Diet & nutrition information is confusing nowadays!
It doesn't have to be. Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old science of how the body is affected by an individuals diet.
Not only is the food you eat important but the time of day, the season, how it was prepared, how you enjoy it, and what your current body-mind imbalances are effect the physical assimilation of your meals.
Each food has a taste, a quality, and a heating or cooling property that when combined correctly with each other, with spices, and with cooking fat will act as medicine for all ailments. If used improperly your meals could literally be building toxins in your body.
I offer 120 minute cooking classes and nutritional help in order to better understand a more holistic perspective on what and how to eat for your body. We will customize it to going over what you have in your kitchen, what you need in your kitchen, what level you are on with cooking your own meals, or simply having a better understanding of how to choose the right dish at a restaurant. These can be done at Alexa's Ayurveda or in your own home. You will take away lists of foods and spices to favor and avoid as well as cooking techniques unique to Ayurveda. Contact me for more information!
Your Ayurveda Diet
Feeding the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Having the right diet and eating the right foods is key to sustaining your health and stopping many diseases. At Alexa’s Ayurveda, I offer cooking classes, recipes, and a diet guide for people who want to get optimal health and well-being.
If only we listened when our parents told us, "You are what you eat." A disease is always a result of poor dietary choices as all disease according to Ayurveda starts in the gut. Fortunately, diet can also be an amazing tool for removing disease and bringing our bodies back into balance. While it is best to have a complete health assessment with me for specific dietary recommendations, with my Ayurveda cooking classes, I provide tips for preventing disease and keeping up your health, as well as some golden Ayurvedic wisdom.
One of the original texts of Ayurveda, Charak Samhita, lists a few reasons how we can accumulate toxins in the body and wouldn't you know... most of them have to do with food!
- eating too much or too little
- eating too early or too late in the day
- eating inappropriate food for your constitution
- emotional eating
- incompatible food combining (such as fruit with meat)
- eating before your previous meal is digested
- eating the wrong foods in the wrong season (such as ice cream in winter and spice Mexican food in summer)
- unclean preparation of food (includes modern day chemicals, toxins, parasites e.t.c.)
- eating hot food while drinking cold beverages
"Agni" is the fire in our bellies. Agni gives us strength from the earth's bounty when we digest our food. The quality and amount of strength or nutrition we receive is regulated by the quality of our food and the might of our digestion. The strength of our agni decides the strength of our bodily tissues. If your agni is impaired and you have built up ama or toxins, you are probably experiencing some of the following symptoms:
- body aches
- foul breath
- bloating, gas, or painful digestion
- constipation or diarrhea
- low appetite or lack of taste in the mouth
- mental confusion
- feeling of stagnation or uncleanliness
- unintelligent cravings (craving foods that make you feel sick or craving ice cream after three days in a row)
- a thick white or yellow coating on your tongue
Our agni is the crucial factor that determines the quality of our mind, body, and spirit. Impaired agni is at the root of all imbalances and sickness. If we can restore and correct your digestive fire, we can not only boost assimilation of food, we can give your body the fire to prevent and even reverse disease.