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Ayurveda and The Raw Food Diet

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

The term Ayurveda literally translates as "Knowledge of Life" and comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit.

The Ayurvedic way of living entails paying attention to your body's individual needs, harmonizing your mental and emotional states, and strengthening your relationship with your spirit, or your true self.

The foundation of the raw food diet is the idea that an abundance of raw foods will normalize and alkalize your body. Ayurveda and the raw food diet are quite similar since this in turn links the mind and body.

Hopefully, this post will offer some quick tips on how to combine the two in a way that is best for your health.

According to Ayurveda, you should eat to balance your doshas of vata, pitta, and kapha.

Air and ether make up the element of vata. Pitta is made up of the elements water and fire. Earth and water make up the element of Kapha.

Vata types tend to be lean and struggle to put on weight. Vatas should avoid overdoing activities and obtain enough sleep because they rapidly become exhausted.

Pitta kinds are often well-proportioned and of a medium size. They frequently have a quick wit and are clever as well.

Kapha personalities typically have strong, substantial frames. They are more likely to put on weight quickly. They frequently have a more upbeat attitude on life.

How does this apply to you and what does it mean?

According to Ayurveda, each person is said to be controlled by one dominant dosha, and you should eat in accordance with that dosha. I will just discuss the foods that go with both the Ayurvedic and raw foodie diets since those are the topics of this essay.

  1. Vata Sweet fruits, avocados, bananas, berries, grapes, melons, asparagus, beets, cucumbers, garlic, radishes, and and zucchini are all good sources of balance. Dried fruit, apples, cranberries, pears, watermelons, broccoli, cabbage, and raw onions all cause irritation.

  2. Pitta Sweet fruits, avocados, coconuts, figs, mangoes, prunes, as well as bitter and sour vegetables like cabbage, cucumber, okra, and and potatoes, provide balance. Aggravating foods include sour fruits, berries, bananas, plums, oranges, and lemons as well as sour vegetables like garlic and onions.

  3. Kapha Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, mangoes, and peaches, along with sour and bitter vegetables like broccoli, celery, garlic, and onion, serve as good balancers. Fruits and vegetables with a sweet and sour flavor, such as bananas, coconut, melons, papaya, potatoes, and tomatoes, can be aggravating.

There are numerous recommendations in Ayurveda that can be simply adapted to a raw food diet.

Some examples include:

Generally speaking, focus on seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains.

Eat in accordance with your dosha, or constitution.

Observe a one-day fast every two weeks.

Create a consistent eating schedule

Limit your use of alcoholic, carbonated, and caffeine-containing beverages.

Enjoy fruit and vegetable juices and herbal teas.


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