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The Ayurvedic Diet: Ancient Food Ideas for Modern Day Health?

Ayurveda – literal meaning, the science of life (“Ayur” = life, “veda” = science) – is a highly evolved medical science that was developed in ancient India centuries ago. Ayurveda evolved into its modern form based on the detailed knowledge passed down in ancient treatises, especially the Atharvaveda – the so-called “knowledge storehouse of procedures for everyday life.” One interesting aspect of this ancient healing system are the principles of the Ayurvedic diet.

A Healthy Mind Leads to a Healthy Body

Ayurveda is not just another method of disease treatment. Practitioners describe it as an intricately conceived system of inner science that involves positive health and natural living. The goal of this healing tradition is to show how to harmonize ourselves with the greater Universe that exists within and around us.

Ancient Vedic literature clearly explains how we can maintain our health and wellbeing through the judicious use of therapies, massages, herbal medicines, diet control, and exercise.

According to this traditional system, a healthy mind leads to a healthy body. What we think affects how we physically feel – while what we eat and drink cannot fail to have a profound effect on our mind. Specifically, the ancient Vedic concepts of sattva (purity and balance), rajas (agitation), and tamas (inertia) are considered to be the three forms of mind-based consciousness (more on this later).

Why Food Is So Important in Ayurvedic Medicine

Interestingly, according to the principles of an Ayurvedic diet, food provides much more than physical sustenance for the body. Indeed, food is thought to shape and shift the mind, influencing both the ability to think and even deep emotions.

When food is consumed mindfully and with reverence, the body is believed to become filled with health, serenity, vitality, hope, and joy. This concept of spiritually charged foods is unique to Ayurveda and sets it apart from all other dietary systems.

Let’s take a look at how Ayurveda classifies different foods based on the effects they are believed to have in the body.

The 3 Food Types That Affect the Body According to Ayurveda

1. Sattvic Foods

So-called “sattvic” foods are pleasing to the senses and nutritious, along with having a soothing effect on the mind and nerves. Sattvic foods impart strength and stability and are believed to be full of “prana” (life force) and are typically light and easy to digest.

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of eating sattvic foods to support both physical health and a peaceful state of mind. For food to be sattvic, it must be eaten in the right quantity, be balanced in its qualities, and always fresh.

Food is said to take on sattvic qualities when it is mindfully sourced and cooked with attention to freshness and hygiene, and consumed with gratitude and awareness – without speed, greed, or waste.

According to Ayurvedic diet tradition, sattvic foods should be cooked in ghee (clarified butter), with just enough fragrant spices added to enable optimum digestion. In general, plant-based foods are considered to be more sattvic than eggs, fish, and meat. Similarly, simply cooked foods are more sattvic than overly processed and refined foods.

Nuts, seeds, raw honey, sweet whole fruits in season, and all-natural whole grains are all considered to be sattvic foods. In fact, seasonal awareness is very important in creating a sattvic diet.

2. Rajasic Foods

So-called “rajasic” foods overstimulate and irritate the body and mind, either due to their inherent or added properties such as excessive pungency, sourness, saltiness, heat (e.g. from chili peppers), sharpness (acidity), and dryness. According to Ayurvedic diet principles, garlic is a naturally rajasic food, as are chilis and other spicy peppers.

Processed, junk, and fast food as well as alcohol, caffeine, and recreational drugs are also considered to be rajasic in nature. Even an otherwise healthy vegetarian diet cooked with too much salt and spices that is consumed along with caffeine, alcohol, and soda in a hurried manner while in an agitated frame of mind is believed to have rajasic effects on the body.

3. Tamasic Foods

So-called “tamasic” foods are believed to be detrimental for both mind and body, because they lack prana or the life force. This category includes foods that are stale, putrid, or excessively fatty and heavy.

For instance, while eating meat is recommended in Ayurveda to improve physical strength, a diet dominated by meat is believed to increase tamasic qualities. This is especially true when too much of cold, canned, and frozen meats are consumed. Instead, the Ayurvedic diet advises to consume freshly cooked organic meats in moderate quantities.

How You Eat Is Just as Important as What You Eat

All this doesn’t mean that Ayurveda automatically classifies all vegetarian foods as sattvic and all spices and garlic eaters as rajasic, and all meats and meat eaters as tamasic. After all, people have historically eaten the foods they eat due to geographical-cultural reasons, based on what foods were available to them.

Rather, Ayurveda states very clearly that it is the manner in which food is procured (ethically or not), cooked and consumed (mindfully or not) with other ingredients – whether old or fresh, calming, exciting, or dulling – that has the most impact on the body and mind.

Keeping Your “Inner Flame” Burning Bright Through Diet

According to Ayurveda, the sun, which dominates our daily lives, is also situated in our body, where it is known as agni, or the inner flame. If the sun were to disappear, all life would come to an end. Similarly, Ayurveda says that if our inner flame were to be extinguished, we would also die.

Not only our body, but even our mind is “fed” by the essence of the foods we consume, after they have been processed by agni. Physical and mental strength, enthusiasm and courage, and especially longevity and overall health are all said to be directly related to the health of our agni.

According to Ayurveda, when our inner agni flickers and is variable, our health is affected. However, when this life-giving flame is steady and burns bright (but not too bright or out of control), we too become stable in both body and mind.

Ayurveda seeks to show how to maintain and protect the inner agni via the proper consumption of food and drinks in the right quantities and at the right times, keeping the seasonal effects of foods in mind.

The 6 Food Tastes of the Ayurvedic Diet

According to Ayurveda, the sense of taste is a natural guide to proper nutrition – if we are prepared to pay attention to it. Historically humans have long relied on their taste buds to discover healthy foods in nature and avoid toxic and poisonous foods. Not only that, our taste buds are essential for unlocking the nutritive value of foods and sparking the entire digestive process.

One way to find out what effect a particular food will have on the body is via its flavor or taste. Everything we eat has a specific taste, known as “rasa” in Sanskrit, which Ayurveda says affects the mind and body in specific ways. This concept of taste applies not only to the perception of taste buds located on the tongue, but to the final reaction of food in the stomach.

The 6 Rasas (Tastes) in Ayurveda

  1. Madhur rasa (sweet) – starting with mother’s milk, this rasa tends to dominate our lives and our food culture. Ayurveda states that if we master the sweet taste and don’t allow ourselves to be mastered by it, we will have understood how to enjoy and engage with life without undue attachment.

This rasa calms our nerves and mind, along with helping to build our body’s tissues. However, when consumed in excess, it induces a feeling of fullness and dulls our inner flame. It can be used to slow down and safely manage an out of control inner agni.

  1. Amla rasa (sour) – according to Ayurvedic diet principles, the body needs this rasa to stimulate and energize the body, but only in carefully measured quantities. Digestive stomach acid is an intrinsic aspect of our own inner agni. This rasa therefore stimulates digestion, along with cleansing the body and helping to absorb minerals and other micronutrients from our foods.
  2. Lavan rasa (salty) – when used in moderation, this rasa promotes the tastiness of our foods. In excess, salt is believed to harm the body’s tissues and cells, triggering harmful aging processes. According to Ayurveda, this rasa is both an appetite and digestive stimulant, along with lubricating the body’s tissues.
  3. Katu rasa (pungent) – this rasa is considered to be aggressive and combative, inflaming the inner agni and helping to cleanse the body when consumed in small and judicious quantities. However, pungent foods should ideally be consumed along with a sweet taste as a moderator, so that they do not inflame the inner agni too much, or too quickly, damaging health in the process.
  4. Tikta rasa (bitter) – dry, cooling, and light, this rasa is reputed to alleviate fevers and infections, remove toxins, clear out parasites, and heal the mind and body. When consumed in moderation, it is believed to support the inner agni.
  5. Kashaya rasa (astringent) – very rarely found in nature, this rasa is believed to prevent excessive secretion and leakage of bodily fluids – for example, during bleeding, diarrhea, and vomiting. In very low amounts this rasa counteracts excessive salivation, dries the body’s tissues and fats, and dampens the inner agni.

With an Ayurvedic diet the idea is to include all six tastes in every meal, if possible, since each taste feeds the mind, body, senses, and spirit in its own unique way. By including all six rasas in every meal, it is believed you can avoid food cravings and overconsumption of certain foods.

At the same time, there is no set formula on how to do this. Your unique constitution is the sole factor that determines the proportion of tastes you should consume. Ayurveda says that if you simply follow your natural inclinations, you will naturally be led to the proper foods that nourish you and keep you healthy.

A Closer Look at “Tikta” Rasa – the Bitter Taste

According to Ayurvedic principles, this rasa is dry, cooling, and light in its properties, and supports the inner flame by imparting the quality of dryness. In general, bitter tasting foods are cleansing for the body in moderate amounts. They soothe itching and burning sensations, reduce water retention, detoxify blood, and support liver health.

They also cleanse the taste buds and fight off parasites and other infections – which is why they are considered to be digestive tonics in Ayurveda when taken in moderation. They are also believed to relieve heaviness and dullness of body and mind.

However, if consumed in excess, these foods dehydrate the body and create gas and constipation.

Bitter tasting foods include bitter melon, barley, grapefruit, olives, most leafy green and yellow vegetables including kale, brussels sprouts, dandelion greens, nettle, jicama, spinach, endive, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, eggplant, neem, and the spices turmeric and fenugreek.

Turmeric is a Therapeutic Agent of Ayurveda

Along with eating leafy green and yellow vegetables, one simple way to get the bitter taste into your diet is to add a pinch of fenugreek seeds (according to taste preferences) – after first sautéing them in a little ghee or oil – to cooking vegetables, a stew, or a bean or meat dish.

Similarly, the golden yellow root spice turmeric (known scientifically as Curcuma longa) is considered to be both bitter and astringent in the Ayurvedic system. Originally native to India and Indonesia, turmeric is used in India not only as a spice, but also as a therapeutic agent. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric have been exploited by Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years.

According to Ayurveda’s ancient healing traditions, turmeric helps to:

  • Maintain healthy levels of gut bacteria
  • Disinfect cuts, burns, and wounds
  • Detox the liver and increase the flow of bile, which is necessary for breaking down dietary fats during digestion
  • Manage blood sugar within safe levels
  • Lower inflammation levels

How to Source and Consume Turmeric

Either fresh or dried turmeric can be used in the diet. For instance, fresh turmeric can be used in sautés and smoothies, while ground (powdered) turmeric can be conveniently added to any foods, including roasted vegetables, stews, and curries. As a general rule of thumb, one inch of fresh turmeric is equivalent to a tablespoon of freshly grated turmeric or a teaspoon of ground turmeric.

Fresh turmeric rhizomes or roots look very much like ginger roots and can usually be found in Asian and Indian grocery stores. Fresh roots should be firm to the touch while their bright orange flesh – after peeling – is typically earthy, peppery, and slightly bitter in taste.

Like ginger, fresh turmeric can be cut and chopped into any shape, grated, or juiced. It can be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or airtight container for a couple of weeks, or frozen for several months at a time.

Dried turmeric loses some of its essential oils and pungency. However, it can still provide plenty of warmth and color to food. It’s bright yellow orange color is the reason Indian and South Asian curries (not to mention mustard), are all yellow in color. Asian stores and specialty spice shops will typically have fresher and better quality stocks. Dried turmeric can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to a year.

Two Simple Ayurvedic Diet Tips for Healthy Eating

In closing, here are two simple Ayurvedic diet tips that you may wish to employ in your own eating plan or style:

  1. Eating for your inner agni (flame) – a cardinal rule in Ayurveda. You should eat at all times according to the status of your inner agni. If you’re not hungry, there is no compulsion to eat simply because it is your regular mealtime. Also, the quality, quantity, and frequency of your eating habits can be varied to suit your inner rhythms, which is a matter of trusting your instincts.
  2. Eating for the season – Simply put, Ayurveda advises to eat warming foods in winter, and cooling foods in the summer and fall. All animal species know how to eat according to the season. Ayurveda, having studied this inborn intelligence found in Nature, has written down these eating laws for your convenience and health.

 

Turmeric 3D from Organnixx provides you one of the most “bioavailable” forms of turmeric due to its unique fermentation process; this means your body experiences the maximum benefits of the purest, most potent turmeric available!

 

Sources:

  1. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy
  2. Ayurveda in daily life
  3. The Six Tastes: Our Guidemap to Optimal Nutrition
  4. The Importance of Bitter and Astringent Tastes for Balanced Nutrition
  5. Turmeric: How This Spice Can Potentially Improve Your Health
  6. What’s the Difference Between Fresh and Dried Turmeric?

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  1. Most digestive problems can be treated with the following tea’: one tsp ginger-garlic paste ( made with one-inch piece of skinless ginger and 8 cloves of garlic; can be refrigerated for one month), one heaped tsp of turmeric powder, about 6 black pepper corns crushed, a handful of fresh or dried curry leaves (stem can also be used), one heaped tsp holy-basil (tulasi), 1/2 tsp green-tea leaves(optional)–boil over slow fire with 5 cups of water for 10 mins. strain; store in a glass bottle or covered stainless-steel vessel (avoid plastic containers); consume 1/2 cup every hour. Always use black pepper with turmeric for best result.

    • Just a concern. Why is it that in India they have such an array of all these exotic spices and herbs and the children are dying of starvation, and all kinds of gastrointestinal diseases, when the cure is right at hand?? If these remedy diets are so good for cancer would it not be good for them as well.

      • You could say the same for our country (USA). Just because we have the knowledge doesn’t mean we are using it. The difference is that here in the USA of many of us can afford to eat this way and still don’t. In India many people can’t even afford food let alone to eat in this fashion.

  2. OK intro article, but does not mention the 3 body DOSHAS, which are the cornerstone of Ayurvedic diet, ie Pitta Dosha should minimalize eating spicy food, Kapha Dosha should minimalize eating sweet food, Vata Dosha should minimalize eating sour food~ this follows the principle of BODY TYPES, or the idea that every body is different, & so should eat differently. Doshas are connected to the dominant Elements found in the individual’s body & determined by physique, constitution, personality, habits, likes & dislikes, etc. Also there is no mention of Ayurvedic food being taken with ghee (clarified butter) or milk (cow, almond, soy, oat, rice). to enable the healing properties of the food to better enter the body & penetrate the tissues. Also why do you mention the eating of meat & leave out the eating of the many beans (such as lentils in the classic dahl) & grains that are used in Ayurvedic healing diets? Finally one of the cardinal rules of the Ayurvedic tradition is not to drink cold drinks or eat excessively cold food, as this can put out the inner Agni (or digestive power) & this will cause Amla (toxins) to accumulate in the body.

    • Would you please advize what s there to eat ..
      Exactly – br, lunch and dinner .. as it seems so confusing 🙂
      Thank you so much !

    • Response to sarasvati

      You must’ve missed this part it was under number one of the three Food types and I quote

      “According to Ayurvedic diet tradition, sattvic foods should be cooked in ghee (clarified butter), with just enough fragrant spices added to enable optimum digestion. In general, plant-based foods are considered to be more sattvic than eggs, fish, and meat. Similarly, simply cooked foods are more sattvic than overly processed and refined foods.”

    • It sounds like their theory is mind over matter. As a former flight attendant, you learn to eat standing up. It’s too bad that all these “NEW” menus from many organic, vegan, juicing, etc are not as available as Wendy’s or Dunkin Donuts; especially eating & preparing food for more than one is work. I’m trying to go vegan- I have cancer so I lean on the carriage grab some organic stuff, then to the butcher for my husband & others. My husband has bad arthritis flares & I have a compression fracture in my lower back –so shopping, bringing food in, wash it, chop it,
      take pain mess, cook the food
      Then at the very end of the recipe says to eat it raw–I’m tired. I’ve tried honey- can’t find sour honey from Brazil, garlic, turmeric (just came out with a warning–DO NOT CONSUME more than 1/4 teaspoon daily)
      There is some type of oxide or acidic enzyme that is okay to digest but more than 1/4 teaspoon of the organic turmeric can be lethal) Would you opt for the Vitamin C infusions or just eat fresh fruit?

      • Annie – I’m healing from cancer as well and I do both the Vitamin C infusions and eat lots of fruits and veggies. I would recommend doing both instead of choosing one or the other; however I would also say try the infusions and see if you get any benefits from them. I have.

        • Tarryn, I am doing chemo and leterozole everyday and also doing the cancer diet. I juice everyday with a lot of carrots. Is this ok? My doc says that vit c infusions would counteract the chemo. what do you think? I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, so I am doing it all.. ANdrea

  3. Thank you for that insight into the 6 Rasas taste examples. I had heard this info. some time ago and now will aply what you have shared. Thank you again

  4. What you say is very true. Turmeric especially is especially good for your body and reduces inflamation and looks after your heart too.

    I have just ordered some turmeric capsules which I shall be having daily. Next time I shall order Organixx capsules. Many thanks for your useful advice, as always.
    Regards Linette

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  6. I follow a plant-based diet, free from harm to all creatures, including cows. There is terrible cruelty in the dairy industry. A mother and her baby should never be separated, and we do not need to steal the milk of another species to be healthy !!! I have a lot of respect for the ayurvedic system, except for the inclusion of dairy foods.

    • It is fine for you to eat as you like, and more power to you in that.
      It is not fine to condemn the industry and the people who enjoy consuming dairy products.
      There is nothing cruel about separating a calf from its mother after a time. Obviously you do not hail from a farm & have no idea that after a time calves lose interest in milk only diet, which can leave the mother cow in pain from too much milk left in her udder if not stripped at least twice daily.
      Let us remember that animals were placed on God’s beautiful earth to benefit mankind, not visa versa.

      • yes- but separating the two early on is difficult- they holler and cry for each other……….all depends on when you separate them- and usually it is too early.
        I grew up next to a diary farm and worked there from age 10-17

    • I agree with you 100%!!! There has been a terrible misunderstanding in the old time tradition of using cows and cow’s milk. In the very old time, it was known that cow’s products are really dangerous to human. And only in 1985 the first study of our time came out confirming this fact. In 1985 in Kuopio University, Finland, a scientist (Olavi Kajander) stumbled to a fact that cow’s milk and meat contain one type of nanobacteria that is building calcification everywhere in human body, but is harmless to the cow. Calcified arteries, calcification in Alzheimer brain, diabetes lesions, hard dental plaque, all are from those nanobacteria from cows, and they are not destroyed with pasteurization. So in the olden times, that science was known and cows were rendered dangerous to humans. But then, the knowledge got lost and forgotten, and it turned to religion. No touching the cows, they are holy! But, as always with religion (without knowledge) it turns many against it, and rebellion came in picture. The cow’s milk became very popular among the rebellious ones, and over time, cows’ products became a staple food. The rest is history, the cows are still “holy” in India, and the whole world is now suffering from all those diseases that cow’s milk products with their nanobacteria are causing to people.
      So, this is the strory why Ayurvedic science still is using cow’s products.
      We need to wake up and leave them alone, they are dangerous!

    • ayurveda uses diary foods when you need it, pe after illness to recover. also different types needs different foods, some need it more, others dont need it at all.

    • Dear K. Lavell. Milk is a natural product which is produced in a cow naturally so how can it be stealing? Have you seen the cows at Milking time? They can’t wait and so happy to have the milk taken away from them. By drinking milk it’s doing the cows a favour. It is also rich in calcium, good for our bones. I think the way we kill some animals needs looking into ?

    • I AGREE! We are the only species that drinks milk from another animal. Cows milk is too acidic and now is found to cause illnesses!!! 😳
      The Elephant is the Strongest animal upon our earth and consumes plants. As humans, our bodies weren’t meant to consume animal products.
      WHAT THE HEALTH presentation gives a Great Explanation of how our Colin wasn’t designed to consume animal products even. And CHEESE is a culprit.

    • thank you for all the good tips. I used turmeric over my dogs food along with parsley and her growth ( not cancerous), has minimized!
      Just tried it and it worked. She hesitated at first and now she loves her food with the turmeric and parsley !
      I drink each morning a glass of warm water with two teaspoon of combined turmeric , ginger and cinnamon , one tsp of honey and lemon.
      Am a cancer survivor since 6 years…

  7. good work…….I will go to the ayruvedic doctor in the same office as my naturopath.

    Thanks.

  8. Ayurvedic point of view is clear as well as diet is a vital role to keep our body fit and free from different disorders.

    • I am grateful for the information as it reinforces my belief that we are what we eat. Furthermore, that being attentive to our bodies does Indeed guide us with regard to when we eat. It’s all about being mindful.

  9. Wonderful and concise information, Well written and explained in a powerful way.

    Much appreciated.
    pb

  10. Thank ypu SO much/ I think this might just help to solve my longstanding excessive saliva problem which can be very embarrassing at times.
    Once again

    THANK YOU

    Jackie Volkov
    Kiev
    Ukraine

  11. Feeding the body nutritious balanced food is the first sign of awakening to respect. Once awake we respect all Life. Respectful eating gives the body LIVE messages. Cooking nutritious meals daily supports life. Fact based –the majority of the food industry & “fast food” – is not invested in LIVE energy. And we buy into this!! Because we have not bought into our own LIVE energy. We buy for our health or not.

    LIVE stock are raised – fed chemicals/toxins – not allowed to graze/eat natural substances. The pain of being raised inhumanely and killed is in the muscles of the meat we eat! Love and fear cannot co-exist. Read Diet for a New America by John Robbins, once heir to the Baskin Robbins ice cream chain.

    Our inner beliefs reflect as the outer. To heal Cancer we must heal our own inhumanity to self that reflects on mass as man’s inhumanity to man/beast/vegetable crops (GMO, pesticides, etc.) Heal the source of disrespect – frees All to LIVE FREE.

  12. Loved the article. It’s good to reconfirm the things I’m doing right and plenty of new information to contemplate. You are completely right about tumeric! I have osteoarthritis in both knees and my neck and it helps tremendously.

  13. Thank you once again for all the interesting and useful information! You are a never ending source of inspiration and selfless help. THANK YOU!

  14. Thank You, Ty, for all the research you do to help us stay healthy and moving in the right direction. Am 70 and feeling pretty good Thanks to TTAC and all the great information you share with us. I started following you in 2011 when I found out that I had Breast Cancer. After I returned home from my mastectomy and as able to get on the internet, I started the H2O2 treatment. Which I still used if my numbers get high again. Now I share you and some of my research with family and friends. I still find that many people just do not believe they can control their health.
    I advise them that Doctors are advisors and that each person needs to do their own research on their own illness.
    Anyway
    Thanks Again
    Respectfully
    DJ Rourke
    Pahrump, Nevada

  15. I really found this to be very interesting. I really believe that you are what eat. We all need to get on board with a better life of what we live.

  16. I cannot tolerate the slightest bit of fenugreek — upon hitting my stomach my heart starts to race and I feel dizzy, as though my blood sugar was instantly crashing and the floor was falling through. Turmeric is not much better, although its detrimental effects take a few hours longer to develop, namely, an extreme tightening of my stomach, so that I can hardly digest anything for a couple of days afterwards and am also susceptible to hypoglycemic attacks during that time, as though my pancreas were overly stimulated. Both bad news for me, along with other “yellow bitters” herbs, such as goldenseal, gentian, grapefruit seed extract, wormwood, barberry (anything containing the compound berberine).

  17. Americans teaching the rest of the world about ancient medical philosophies, based on their motivation to incur revenues.
    Ayurveda does not and never has been a supporter of ingestion of meat or fish. NEVER, so you can continue with manufactured untruths and lies to entice the ignorantm and unsuspecting members of the public.

  18. Excellent, since becoming a vegetarian, I apply this diet and feel wonderful. I use a lot of spices, it seems that I cannot stop using them. Now with your article I discovered that’s
    Ayurvedic.

    Thank you
    Viviane
    Italy

  19. I highly recommend the book The Prime by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, whose personal story and testimonials of her patients with neurological disorders help inspire and share the common sense application of Ayurvedic diet to promote wellness in a highly toxic world. Its practical science should be considered as it follows the mantra of Hippocrates “Let food be your medicine. “

  20. Elsie Gallant
    This is a very interesting article and make a lot of sense relating our food to our internal needs and state of mind. It makes perfect sense also to eat warming foods in winter and cooling foods in the summer. Thanks for this article.

  21. Thank you so much for the interesting read. I have always followed a healthy eating plan
    but have still had many problems with auto immune disease. I live in France where most people grow their own fruit and vegetables, so this helps.

    We can all try to help ourselves and our families eat naturally.

  22. thanks for talking ayurveda. not often it is mentioned and it contains a wealth of information, not only for foods but how to live a healthy life till you are 100 years.

  23. Thanks to those of you who have added much needed information and view points on a diet plan that seems to elude most of us unless we go to our libraries, bookstores, or visit India for recipes!
    I like the common sense to eat when you are hungry. School systems, work places do not always allow for this choice. What is offered in cafeterias is not always as healthy as what we would like or prefer to try. Finding the foods in our local areas is also a factor in eating healthy as well as affordability which determines a lot of our choices sometimes. I believe the less meat we eat, the better it is for our bodies. It’s all about finding what’s good for us and being able to find a recipe that will help our minds and bodies to flourish. Thank you.

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