Ayurveda Nutrition

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Our Earth and our Bodies as a Whole System

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Within Ayurveda, the Earth is seen to be an interrelated whole, a vast living organism. We share the same atomic and molecular structures and the same building blocks as all life forms and what happens to one part affects the whole. Our world is a wonderful living entity; the atmosphere that we live in, the oxygen, the weather systems, the natural resources, the earth and the sea, the animal and plant life are all connected. Changes to the seasons, to the natural and built

We are made from the same stuff

As humans we are an integral part of our earth - We share the same atomic and molecular structures and the same building blocks as all life forms and what happens to one part affects the whole. Our world is a wonderful living entity; the atmosphere that we live in, the oxygen, the weather systems, the natural resources, the earth and the sea, the animal and plant life are all connected. Changes to the seasons, to the natural and built

Our world is a wonderful living entity; the atmosphere that we live in, the oxygen, the weather systems, the natural resources, the earth and the sea, the animal and plant life are all connected. Changes to the seasons, to the natural and built

Changes to the seasons, to the natural and built environment, create cross currents of influence that affect all around us. Loss of this sense of connection to our environment has led to the malaise that is damaging the planet and most human relationships.

Ayurveda is a natural system based upon creating harmony through nature. 

Unique and whole

Ayurveda recognises the unique difference of every individual, and also understands that we are not separate from the universal energy that supports all living things.  This wise attention to each and every one of us, in the changing seasons, the earth's growth and its resting time offer us the opportunity to align with the principles that enable us to work with our own unique body type, our Dosha.

People come in so many shapes and sizes, colours and weight that it seems obvious that we shouldn’t all eat and do the same things to make us healthy and happy. We are all individuals with different tastes and experiences and there are more variations in people-types than there are Atkins Diets and GI diets and all the other fashions and fads.

We suffer from all kinds of ailments yet despite this wide range of people-types, the differences in how we react to food, to our surroundings and to each other are treated by the mainstream health industry in broad brush strokes. Even a headache is usually dealt with by a very limited range of options centred on paracetamol or aspirin, blanket-bombing the symptoms and avoiding the cause which could have been anything from anxiety, tiredness, dehydration or reaction to food just to name a few possibilities that could all be treated by holistic methods.

Prakriti

Prakriti  means 'nature' and refers to the primal matter which you were born with, your Prakriti has within it three different innate qualities, which for simplicity we call Doshas, the main function of your Doshas is to remain in balance . not necessarily in equal balance, but in equilibrium according to the proportions of each Dosha within your innate nature.

It is our Dosha's that become, out of balance, throughout our lives, when we are not taking care of ourselves. They become 'faulty' within our Prakriti. Our Prakriti is the beautiful innate nature of who we are, and when we are balanced, well and happy, our innate 'selves' will shine.

Our work is to know and understand our Prakruti and we can do this by understanding and educating ourselves, on the Elements of nature and learning how this corresponds with our Doshas.

Ayurveda looks at how we can build a healthy existence and offers us a way to preventative health and well being of body mind and spirit. Ayurveda seeks to encourage us to find the cause, the underlying condition of the disease.

Although Ayurveda shows us the intricate ways for bringing about healing, it gives us beautiful, experiential guidelines that we can follow every day, that are simple and easy universal natural ways for a healthy, connected life.

'Let food be thine medicine'

The first principle behind Ayurveda as it relates to food is to eat nature. That may sound simple but walk into an ordinary grocery store and you will be hard-pressed to find real food – i.e., food that is grown by the forces of sun, soil, wind and water. So, start by eating nature’s produce, as fresh and as close to the source as possible so that it retains its living intelligence and energy, what we call Prana or life force.
Look to “eat nature” then, as close to its source as possible. When you eat food that is locally grown, you benefit from the intelligence in nature that sustains seasonal balance.  For instance, in Autumn we harvest root vegetables which help build our strength and immunity for winter.  In the Spring, bitter and pungent greens sprout to help us detoxify and lighten winter’s load. So the second principle is to eat according to the seasons.
A third principle and important general rule it is to maintain a strong Agni. Agni, meaning digestive fire, is the Sanskrit root for our word ignite. For optimal health you have to have optimal fire in the belly. Heavy foods, too much food, cold food, old food, frozen, canned or processed food, even cold water taken with your meal, contribute to reducing the digestive fire.
Nature gives us exactly what we need. For this, we bless our food. We give thanks for the nourishment. Let’s remember that food is what we are made of. Your next breakfast, lunch, dinner will soon become an arm, a nerve, a brain cell, or a heart muscle. Choose wisely and give thanks. It is a miracle, and you are a part of that miracle. Ayurveda is the reminder of that truth: You are a miracle living in a miraculous world! Ultimately there is no end to this elegant, natural and synergistic method of healing. It continues to unfold inner potential, inner intelligence and inner power that motivates and encourages us to greater and greater self-expression. Through Ayurveda we become the master of our own lives, living its wisdom artfully.

This Ayurveda Nutrition section gives you ideas for recipes for each dosha, practice some of the recipes and go back over the areas on this site to learn more about your own individual dosha type.

Here is a questionnaire to help you to understand your specific Dosha, do remember that questionnaires are guidelines if you wish to understand fully you should consult with an Ayurveda Practitioner. You can do this with me on Skype or at my clinic in Cheshire. You can contact me here for booking an appointment.