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Ayurveda and The Raw Food Diet

Written by: Laura Flanagan, Executive Contributor

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The word, Ayurveda, is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means "Knowledge of Life." The Ayurvedic approach to life involves listening to and addressing the unique needs of your body, recognizing and balancing your mental and emotional states, and deepening your connection with your spirit, your essential self.


The raw food diet is based on the principle that eating a diet high in raw food will normalize and alkalize your body. This, in turn, connects the mind with the body; thus, Ayurveda and the Raw Food diet are very similar.


This article will hopefully provide a brief guide on how you could connect the two in a way that is optimal for your health.


In Ayurveda, the idea is that you eat according to your ‘dosha’; vata, pitta and kapha.


Vata is composed of the elements of air and ether

Pitta is composed of the elements of fire and water

Kapha is composed of the elements of water and earth


Vata types are generally thin and find it hard to gain weight. Vatas need to get sufficient rest and not overdo things, as they can tire easily.


Pitta types are generally medium-sized and well proportioned. They also tend to be intelligent, with a sharp wit.


Kapha types tend to have sturdy, heavy frames. They are prone to gain weight easily. They often tend to have a positive outlook on life.


So, what does this mean, and how does it apply to you?

In Ayurveda, it is believed that each person is governed by one dominant dosha, and you should eat according to that dosha. However, this article is concerned with Ayurveda and Raw Food, so I will only mention the foods that coincide with both these diets.


Vata


Balances: Sweet fruits, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, grapes, melons, asparagus, beets, cucumber, garlic, radishes, zucchini.

Aggravates: Dried fruits, apples, cranberries, pears, watermelons, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, raw onions.


Pitta


Balances: Sweet fruits, avocado, coconut, figs, mango, prunes, sweet and bitter vegetables, cabbage, cucumber, okra, potatoes.

Aggravates: Sour fruits, berries, bananas, plums, oranges, lemon, pungent vegetables, garlic, onions.


Kapha


Balances: Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, mangos, peaches, pungent and bitter vegetables, broccoli, celery, garlic, onion.

Aggravates: Sweet and sour fruits, bananas, coconut, melons, papaya, sweet and juicy vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes.


There are many suggestions in Ayurveda, which are very easily translated to a Raw Food Diet.

Such suggestions are:


  • Eat mainly seasonal fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains

  • Eat according to your constitution, or dosha

  • Fast for one day every two weeks

  • Establish a regular eating routine

  • Eliminate or limit caffeinated, carbonated and alcoholic beverages from your life

  • Drink herbal tea, fruit and vegetable juices


As you think about your overall health, don’t forget the importance of meditation, exercise, and proper sleep! Now more than ever, we are being called to be proactive rather than reactive about our health. After all, no one can possibly care as much about how you feel than YOU!


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Laura Flanagan MS, RYT, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Laura Flanagan is a Scientist by education and career, but she recently left her corporate job and moved to Costa Rica with her horse to open an Equine Therapy Center. Concurrently with her career as a scientist, she has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for over 18 years. Laura is a Yoga Instructor, Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor, Meditation Teacher, and Director of the Socrates Center in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. She has helped thousands of clients with physical pain through her certification with Yamuna who uses a form of small ball therapy. She has used her Yoga, Body Rolling, and Meditation practices to assist in her own recovery from breast cancer. She is also enrolled in the Functional Nutrition Counselor program through the Functional Nutrition Alliance. https://fxnutrition.com/


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