Meat or not, sugar or not in my diet
Ayurvedic cooking is one of the simplest and easiest intuitive methods of preparing food. It doesn’t have strict rules, rather you cook what is local and seasonal, and pair it with a variety of aromatic herbs and spices.
Because the plants are grown from the same earth with the same magnetic power where you live.
Ayurveda and also Yoga pays much attention to food and is a whole Ayurvedic and Yogic science behind what to eat, how to eat and when to eat.
Let`s take the easy way.
Are some items that I recommend having always in your Ayurvedic kitchen :
* Organic, local, seasonal vegetable & fruits (do your best, these days is quite difficult, due to the “ all seasons “ productivity of all legumes & fruits).
YES, try to be organic, because your body doesn`t want GMO.
*Organic grains – yes, grains are genetically modified too.
*Garlic, onion (avoid eating every day) 1-2 times /week or eat when you feel tired, or want invigoration).
*Ginger – (fresh ginger with honey, mmm, for me is yummy)
*Seeds & nuts (most part due to your primary dosha needs)
*Herbs & spices – cinnamon, coriander, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, Kala namak (black salt), sea salt, Himalayan salt.
*Sweeteners – raw honey, coconuts sugar ( personally, just these two I use).
It is used in everything – pasta, bread, wine, juice, sauce etc. Personally, I consider it White Death, if you still consume, please don`t do it anymore.
The NO.1 “rule“ is everything you eat must“ be organic. But, in these days organic products are most expensive (What a world !!!), so if your budget is tight, spend money on those products which are a priority to you.
Should I Peel My Vegetable and Fruits before eating?
Non – peeled products contain higher amounts of minerals, vitamins, fibers, and antioxidants, most of them even more than pulp. Removing the peels of the plant, you remove the most nutrient-rich part. If are organics, the best way of eating is not to peel them.
But, for a long time, the products that we buy are no more organic or natural, the skin of the beautiful perfect apple is nutrient-rich, but the richest part is chemicals.
Personally, if I am not sure it`s organic, I peel everything that I can peel.
The difficult part comes with vegetables like Spinach, in this case, I boil it no more than 1-2 min (start with the roots), or put hot water on.
- Avoid as much as you can pesticide-contaminated fruits & vegetable by peeling them or boiling them or put hot water on.
Meat or not in Ayurveda – Can I eat meat?
There are several opinions of what we are, of what we should eat or not, a lot of different opinions and arguments from specialists in diets which sometimes take us to an imprecise/uncertain conclusion.
So, before Ayurveda says this or that, let’s take a look at our teeth structure and biology.
Well, start with teeth and intestines length which are the most important points for cutting meat and digest it.
A 100% carnivore have very defined canine teeth for eating meat in combination with fewer numbers of molars. A canine tooth is the long and very sharp one located on either side of the incisors.
The fewer molars that the carnivores have is mainly because all work is done by teeth in the front.
The intestine is from 1.5 to 3 times of body length, which means is not need a long time for the meat to digest and pass the system.
Omnivores have a combination of sharp teeth in front and molars for grinding, because they eat both meat and plants.
Herbivores have teeth specialized for eating plants. The molars are flat and wider to grid food. Incisors are sharp for tearing plants but are not present on both lower and upper jaw.
What we have?
We have canine teeth too, but not in that dimension and sharpness like carnivores and beside that our all work is not done by the teeth in the front of the mouth.
Our canines and incisors are for tearing or ripping, and molars for grinding. We need to prepare and cook our meat to can be cutting and digesting.
The intestine is 9 times of body length, which means that takes 3 times more than carnivores for meat to digest and pass the system. Imagine in this time in what condition is the meat in your body.
Therefore, if you take a look at Frugivorous are not so much difference between them and us, our construction seems to be the same.
Frugivorous animals are Owl Monkeys which are a primate group of herbivore/frugivore and live in Amazon, in a nonseasonal area where have a constant supply of fruits.
What does Ayurveda tell us?
Ayurvedic medicine does not recommend consuming meat unless it not necessary to sustain your life, and the reasons are:
- when the animal is sacrificed (he will know, like us, becomes scary, terrified), in that moment of agony will eliminate toxins that cannot be sweating out, so will be assimilated by us. Are toxins that our dear body don`t want.
- meat is extremely heavy and often sits in our gastrointestinal tract undigested. Our intestine is too long compared with carnivores to digest and pass all the system.
- NG leftover meals – are tamasic (lethargic, dull) because no prana (vital life force) will be there. When we cooking our food 80% -90% of the enzymes are destroyed, and our body is struggling to reconstitute theme.
*For meat can be completely digested and pass all our system takes more than 48 hours. Did you know this?
- our body can not endurance highly hydrochloric acid find in meat.
Now, the meat, and more than that, if it a leftover meat, can you imagine in what state it is in your body? To be more clear, put in a summer day a piece of meat, somewhere outside, and see after 48 hours what happen. Well, I think you got the point. Yes, becomes green or blue or another ugly color – is rotten meat.
The same thing happens in your body too, ama (toxicity) spreads throughout your body, causing imbalance.
- meat is extremely acid which makes your body more prone to unpleasant diseases.
What about fast- foods, it makes us sleepy?
Mmm…We generally order something fast at noon, time is pressing us or we do not have it at all, and the shortest way is a leap on the run. So, we choose the fast-foods.
We take the delicious burger, which usually has coffee as a drink set. Have you noticed?
Because they know already that after we eat our yummy and huge burger we will become lethargic and we need an `incentive` to awaken and continue our work. But this is the `good part`.
More than that, if you choose the perfect set of full sugar shake & burger, imagine what happens to you ……
Physiological foods (PS)- are more behavioral rather than a specific diet.
If you choose to eat meat be sure is organic, because you eat whatever animal eats, so if it was fed with GMO corn or antibiotics, in your body will be the same.
For Vata person, for example, 1 time/week or month is more than enough.
The best way is to try to listen to your body when you take a decision in your diet and be conscious of how you feel after a meal. You feel sleepy, dull, vigorous, heavy, lethargic?
The food that you eat should be energy for you, like fuel for your car (if you put the wrong fuel in your car, it will not run more then 2 miles).
*It is best that after a meal to feel good, vigorous not dull or sleepy or other negative symptoms*
If you are conscious of what you eat and how you feel after, you will start to know what kind of food fits you better.
Alcohol or not in Ayurveda – Can I Drink Alcohol?
Ayurveda does not recommend alcohol either with, an exception of a wine made from herbs, which is more medicinal drink rather than to be consumed for recreation. These wine are called arishtas or asavas, preparation of herbs fermented for a specific period of time.
Alcohol, yes I know is…goood, but also is dehydrating, acidic, full of sugar and bad for your digestive system.
Pay attention to your body, to your Dosha, (Kapha, dry red wine – Vata, sweet hot red wine – Pitta, cooling white wine) and if you drink be sure to be in a good mood, do not use alcohol expecting to change situations.
* To prevent dehydration drink in combination with warm water.