The nutritional system that goes along with yoga is called ayurveda. Its force is to work in preventing illness instead of fighting it. It combines nutrition, exercises, massages, herbology and a life style philosophy. All of this, aspiring towards a state of total well-being.
Ayurveda believes that the universal energy is composed of three energies called Gunas. There are the following: Sattva, which means "purity". Raja, which is defined by action, changing processes and passion. And finally, Tama, which is more like inertia, or nothingness.
We find these elements in foods too.
Ayurveda believes in the healing properties of food and that we are what we eat. Cooking ayurvedic food doesn't need to be limited to vegetarism or veganism.
Tamasic foods create a heavy sensation in the body, dullness or a certain boredom psychologically. The body needs long time and lots of energy to digest them. A diet that is predominantly tamasic acidifies the body chemistry ( it makes the body and inmune system weaker)
In this category we find drugs, alcohol and everything that represents death. So meat, eggs and fish (we'll find them later on in another category) but also everything cooked in advanced, in cans, or kept too long in the fridge.
Rajasic foods bring us into action. Raja means "can do". It encourages action, production but it also can cause lots of mental activity.
Among this food category we will find bitter, acid and sweet tastes. Everything that really work your taste buds.
We will also find here eggs ans fish (this depends on your personal constitution or pakriti)
These foods contribute to the feelings of sensuality, sexuality, greed, anger, egoism, etc. Spices and condiments are in this category.
Sattvic foods bring us clarity and calm. Approching us to joy, happiness, serenity but at a pure level not in a intense level like rajasic food do.
Among sattvic foods we find: fresh raw milk (non treated) and ghee (clarified butter) excellent for cooking, fresh or riped fruits, almonds, nuts in general, bean sprouts and fresh and non treated cereals.
A balanced association of sattvic, rajasic and tamasic foods should create a predominantly alkaline body chemistry.
Some of the effects of food vary depending on your body composition (doshas), the seasons ans the state of your health.
The ayurvedic medicine is very complex and always work in synergy between the body, mind and soul.
Ayurveda's approche to health takes into account individual body types called doshas, all of which have specific correlating elements (ether, air, water, fire, earth)
your dosha is your own unique inherent physical constitution given to you at birth.
There are typically three different body type categories or doshas that people fall into. Vita, Pitta and Kapha.
When they are in balance one can achieve optimal health, inherent energy levels and well-being.
Understanding and finding your pakriti or body type is important for tailoring a dosha-balancing diet with a list of foods and ayurvedic herbs recommended for your unique constitution.
It is adviced to seek a qualified ayurvedic practitioner who can further evaluate your individual constitution and unique health
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