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Eating Healthy According to Your Body Type

Eating Healthy According to Your Body Type

Be aware of the foods that contain the six tastes. The Ayurvedic diet focuses on creating meals around the six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. The idea is to include all six tastes in every meal so every major food group is present on your plate and you are consuming enough nutrients. Foods that contain each of the six tastes include

· Sweet: These include foods such as whole grains, dairy, meat, chicken, fish, honey, sugar, and molasses.

· Sour: These include foods such as cheese, yogurt, alcohol, vinegar, pickled foods, tomatoes, plums, berries, and citrus fruits.

· Salty: These include foods such as seaweed, salted meats, fish, soy sauce, and any food that contains added salt.

· Bitter: These include foods such as green vegetables (leafy greens, celery, broccoli, sprouts, spinach, kale), endives, chicory, beets, and tonic water.

· Pungent: These include foods such as onions, garlic, chilies, peppers, cayenne, black pepper, cloves, ginger, mustard, and salsa.

· Astringent: These include foods such as dried beans, lentils, green apples, cauliflower, figs, pomegranates, and tea.

· The six tastes are ordered in the order you should digest them at every meal. Start with sweet foods and move down to astringent foods.

1.) Eat warm, oily, and heavy foods if you have a Vata mind-body type. Vatas should consume more sweet, salty, and sour foods and limit their consumption of pungent, bitter, and astringent foods. As a Vata, you have a light, dry, cool nature so you should counteract this with warm, oily, and heavy foods. If you are looking to lose weight, you can minimize foods high in sugar or fat and have more natural grains, and fruits and vegetables.

· Consume more natural grains like barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, and rye. You should also have cooked rice, wheat, and oats every day.

· Go for sweet fruits like bananas, avocados, mangoes, plums, berries, melons, papaya, peaches, cherries and nectarines. Make it easier for your body to digest these fruits by stewing or sautéing them. Avoid dried and unripe fruits, as well as apples, cranberries, pears, and pomegranates.

· Have more cooked vegetables, using olive oil or ghee, such as asparagus, beets, green beans, sweet potatoes, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and carrots. You can use spices like cardamom, cumin, ginger, salt, cloves, mustard seed, cinnamon, basil, cilantro, fennel, oregano, thyme, and black pepper, but avoid bitter herbs and spices like coriander, parsley, turmeric, and fenugreek.

· Avoid eating beans as this can aggravate your stomach as a Vata. If you must eat beans, have chickpeas, mung beans, pink lentils, and soybeans (such as tofu). If you are not vegetarian, you can have organic chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs, and reduce your intake of red meat.

2.) Have heavy, cold, and dry foods if you have a Pitta mind-body type. Pittas should focus on sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes and avoid pungent, salty, or sour tastes. Heat can affect Pittas negatively, so you should eat heavy, cool, and dry foods and liquids. Though you can have most sweeteners, avoid molasses and honey.

· You can have dairy such as butter, milk, ice cream, and ghee but you should avoid sour dairy products like yogurt, sour cream, and cheese. When cooking, you should use coconut, olive or sunflower oils, as well as soy sauce, but avoid almond, corn, and sesame oils.

· You can have dairy such as butter, milk, ice cream, and ghee but you should avoid sour dairy products like yogurt, sour cream, and cheese. When cooking, you should use coconut, olive or sunflower oils, as well as soy sauce, but avoid almond, corn, and sesame oils.

· You can also have sweet fruits like grapes, avocados, mangos, cherries, coconuts, pineapples, apples, oranges, and figs. Avoid sour fruits such as grapefruits, cranberries, lemons, and persimmons. Pittas should consume more cool fruits like asparagus, potatoes, leafy greens, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, zucchini, lettuce, okra, and green beans. Avoid hot, pungent vegetables like hot peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and radishes.

· When cooking with spices, go for seasonings that are cooling and soothing like coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, and fennel. Use hot spices like ginger, cumin, black pepper, clove, salt, and mustard seed sparingly. Avoid pungent seasonings like chili peppers and cayenne. You can chew on fennel seeds after meals to help your stomach acid cool down.

3.) Consume dry, light, and hot foods if you have a Kapha mind-body type. Go for foods that have a bitter, pungent, or astringent taste and avoid foods that have a sweet, sour, or salty taste.

· Have very low amounts of dairy products and only have low-fat milk or low-fat yogurt.You should only have honey as a sweetener and avoid other sources of sugar, as Kaphas are prone to issues like clogged sinuses, allergies, colds, and weight gain. You should have two to three cups of ginger tea a day to help with digestion and overall health.

· You can have all types of beans as a protein in your diet, but limit your consumption of kidney beans, soybeans, and soy-based foods like tofu. Go for natural grains like corn, millet, buckwheat and rye but have less oats, rice, and wheat.

· Go for lighter fruits like pears, apples, apricots, pomegranates, and cranberries and have less heavy fruits, such as bananas, melons, dates, figs, avocados, coconuts, and oranges. Do not have any dried fruits.

· Kaphas can consume lots of vegetables in all varieties except for sweet and juicy vegetables like sweet potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes. When cooking, use small amounts of extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, mustard oil, and ghee and use a variety of pungent spices like pepper, ginger, cayenne, and mustard seed.

Practicing Ayurvedic Eating Habits

1) Do breathing awareness meditation when you feel a craving for unhealthy foods. As part of the Ayurvedic diet, you can use breathing awareness meditation to distract yourself from an emotionally based craving for unhealthy foods or to prevent food binging. Practice meditation whenever you feel a craving coming on.

2) Eat according to your appetite, not your emotions. Your body will send messages to your brain to indicate when it is hungry and requires food. Focusing on your body’s natural need for food, rather than your emotional desire for food, will ensure you are eating enough every day. Only eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are satisfied. However, when you are feeling really hungry eat until you are comfortable full but not stuffed or overly full. This will allow your digestive system to process the food and not be overwhelmed by food.

3) Drink a cup of warm milk or hot water and honey to reduce your sugar cravings. It can be difficult to suppress a craving for sweets while on the Ayurvedic diet. One way to stave off sugar cravings if to have a warm cup of milk or to have hot water with honey and a little bit of lemon.

4) Consume more fresh foods and avoid pre-packaged foods. In the Ayurvedic diet, fresh foods are associated with energy, vitality, and health, while pre-packaged foods are associated with imbalance, fatigue, and staleness. Avoid canned, frozen, and pre-packaged foods to ensure you are only consuming foods that will add to your overall health. Go shopping every day or every other day at a farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

5) Have a larger lunch and a smaller dinner. The Ayurvedic diet encourages a shift to smaller meals at night to improve overall well-being and to also aid in weight loss. Your digestive system is the most alert in the middle of the day at lunch time so try to shift your portions so you have a larger lunch and a smaller dinner. This can also improve your sleep, as your body will not need to process a large meal at night, and give you more energy during the day.

It helps you a lot to lose your weight and make you healthy. Shubhpuja aim is to make their clients healthy from body, mind and soul.

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