Ayurveda is one of the varieties of alternative medicine that originated in India about 5000 years ago. The very word "Ayurveda" consists of two roots "life" and "knowledge". According to the system, properly selected food restores metabolic processes and health, gives harmony and excellent well-being.
Ayurveda nutritional rules
- The Ayurvedic diet assumes vegetarianism, since according to Vedic ideas, the life of any creature is sacred.
- Food can only be taken from dawn to dusk.
- The main meal should be at noon.
- You can't get up from the table immediately after a meal, you should just sit for 5 minutes.
- Food should be taken in a relaxed atmosphere, in good spirits, chewing each bite thoroughly.
- You cannot sit down at the table if you are out of sorts or if something bothers you.
- You only need to eat when you feel hungry.
- Breaks between meals should be at least 3 hours.
- You only need to cook as much as you can eat in a day. In the Ayurvedic diet, it is not recommended to eat hot food or yesterday's food.
- It is encouraged to use spices in cooking, but avoid too sweet and spicy.
Ayurveda constitutional types
According to the Ayurveda system, all people are divided into 3 constitutional types (doshas). A specific nutritional system is recommended for each dosha. In some people, 2 or even 3 doshas can be combined at once. Then it is recommended to follow the nutritional advice for each of them.
Cotton wool. They have a fragile constitution, tall or, conversely, very small. The bones are thin, the joints protrude. Difficulty gaining weight. Hair is generally dry and coarse, skin is dry, and nails are brittle. Rarely sweat, cold extremities. Creative natures, sometimes suffer from insomnia.
Pitt. Medium height, medium build. The body is generally proportional. They easily lose weight and get better just as quickly. They have a good appetite. Sweat often, good sleep. Such people are usually sharp-minded.
Kapha. Since childhood, they have a dense physique. The bones are usually heavy. Easily gain weight, but part with it extremely slowly. They are calm and reasonable people who prefer to do their job thoughtfully. Sleep is good, activity is low.
How to lose weight according to Ayurveda
Cotton wool. As a rule, they gain excess weight if sweets are overused. At the same time, in general, carbohydrates are shown to such people, but not simple, but complex (slow) ones.
- dairy products, apricots, bananas, plums, oranges, lemons, pumpkin, avocado, bell peppers, zucchini, rice, millet.
- Limit: legumes, nuts, apples, popcorn.
Pitt. Excess weight is due to banal overeating, as representatives of this type often have excellent appetite and digestion.
- oranges, pineapples, watermelons, pears, dried fruits, cabbage, herbs, legumes, pasta, rice, millet, cottage cheese, milk, almonds.
- Limit: meat, fatty foods, bread, spicy.
Kapha. People of this type are more likely than others to have hormonal disorders and slow metabolism. Excess weight sometimes accompanies them throughout their lives. However, everything can be adjusted with nutrition.
- : apricots, cherries, pomegranates, cranberries, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, hot peppers, celery, corn, legumes, tofu.
- Limit: bread, sweet pastries, dairy products.