My journey to Ayurveda begins with my gut.
I dealt with bloating, gas, and stomach cramps , which made me became suspicious of anything i ate. I was in a mindset of "I'm allergic to everything." Is it seafood, acid, lactose, gluten, grains or am I just getting older? Then I began to avoid food altogether, and just ate chicken soup for a whole month. I figured,"It is also good for my soul." as they say.
Well, chicken soup made my stomach feel better (or at least there was no bloating), but it still didn't answer my question as to why i feel the way i felt after eating? and I would like to enjoy going to restaurants and eat different meal. Not until i landed on the Ayurvedic Cooking School in Bhagavat Life, could I eat food that makes me feel good.
I took a Vegetarian Cooking class that day and learned to cook based on Ayurveda tradition.
Ayurveda translates into “knowledge of life” and is a 4,000 year old system of well-being that originated in India. The philosophy of Ayurveda focuses on health, and understanding people's mind-body type to make optimal choices about diet, exercise and healthy life style. Your mind-body type is known as your “dosha”. Once you determine your mind-body type, you can structure your Ayurvedic diet around your dosha.
So here are three types of dosha:
VATA (wind energy)
Vata dosha is predominantly composed of space and air elements. Vata is dry, light, cold, mobile, and clear. They are usually creative, quick to learn, flexible, and restless. Vata people are usually lean, have dry skin and easily feel cold (and this sounds a lot like me) so when it comes to food, Vata people are suggested "heavier food" such as warming soups, stews, and food with lots of spices. Avoiding raw salad, cold smoothies and drink ice water will help balancing Vata energy.
PITTA (fire energy)
Pitta dosha is the energy made up of fire and water elements. It is hot, sharp, and subtle. They are typically have toned and athletic bodies, and they are also intelligent, competitive, and driven. However pitta people can also be judgmental and hot headed. Pitta people need "calming food" to balance their dosha, their bodies will benefits more when they eat foods that are sweet, astringent, and oily such as salad, vegetables, fruits, and coconut water.
KAPHA (water energy)
Kapha disha composed primary of earth and water elements. It is heavy, slow, smooth. and dense. Kapha individuals are typically calm, wise, grounded, and reliable. Kapha people tend to have slower digestion, which is a result of a larger build and easily gain weight. For them, light, dry, warming and well-spiced food are suggested. Pungent and bitter tastes will help keep Kapha dosha well-balanced. So raw vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes with milder spices like cardamom, cumin, and ginger will all benefit their digestive systems.
I also learned to toast spices to bring out the flavor before cooking, to eat more fresh whole foods, to include six ayurvedic senses in cooking (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) each meal, and most importantly to enjoy our meal with gratitude.
The class ended with the ten of us sitting around community table, giving gratitude, and enjoying vegetarian kitchari with cilantro chutney, roasted beets and root vegetables salad, and warm apple cobbler as dessert. It was truly to most delicious meal I had eaten in a while for my gut.
These are some useful information about Ayurveda I visited and enjoy reading.