Eat Right According to Your Ayurveda Element: Air
Today, as the world looks at newer ways to get fitter and stronger, India’s ancient science of holistic eating and wellness, Ayurveda, serves as the perfect alternative to chemical-based, harmful products which weaken our immunity system and provide us benefits for only a short period.
Moreover, the ancient science also advocates specific foods for specific persons, since each person has a different constitution and form of energy (dosha) which means that they have different nutritional needs.
These energies or doshas are divided into three categories – vata (air), kapha (water) and pitta (fire). Find out your dosha and consume foods as per your needs to lose weight quicker and stay healthy and happy.
Today, we look at some quick and easy tips you can follow in your diet, as advised by the Vedic masters and twisted as per modern needs, to suit people with the vata (air) dosha.
If you are prone to dry skin, bloating, constipation, stress, anxiety, insomnia and arthritis, then your dosha is certainly vata (air). To prevent such health problems, avoid foods which are cold, dry, light or bitter. Consumption of foods which are warm, sweet, salty, pungent and sour are best to calm the nerves, boost digestion and immunity and moisten tissues.
Breakfast: Begin your day with almond milk tea or smoothie, cumin, coriander and fennel tea, lemon and spice tea, cinnamon almond oatmeal with milk, roasted coconut sesame oatmeal, or Chickpea with Coconut Pesto.
Lunch: Follow up with carrot ginger soup, kale and carrot soup, cabbage soup, red lentil dal curry, coconut rice, moong dal khichdi, asparagus saffron lemon risotto, asparagus mushroom rice with black pepper, quinoa with mint, red onion and cilantro, lemon rice with nuts and ghee (clarified butter) or plain rice with ghee for lunch.
Dinner: Stick to a light meal which includes soups, bread and salads to avoid bloating and indigestion.
Beverages: Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee or cola and opt for smoothies and shakes which are loaded with any of the following ingredients: apple, dates, banana, honey, sweet lime and spices and condiments such as ginger and cardamom, or a ginger basil limeade.
Munchies: During your snack time, indulge in sweet potato and spicy pecan crisps, sweet potato with ginger and kale and almond coconut fudge and enjoy your break in a healthy and tasty manner!
Following a healthy diet is not difficult. All it takes is a few changes to the way you approach food and nutrition and you’ll automatically find your way to higher energy levels, metabolism, immunity and strength.