Nutrition can often seem complex and overwhelming. There is a lot of information available and each “expert” contradicts the other one. Ayurveda provides some advice that takes health back to basics and the natural way of being, and can be super helpful when trying to understand the body.
Back to Basics
I often write about the benefits of following an Ayurvedic-inspired lifestyle. I find that the principles of Ayurveda are very simple and just make so much sense in terms of wellness. Ayurveda has been around for centuries so we know that this knowledge is not just a quick fix or fad diet.
Today I want to explore 3 nutritional rules that Ayurvedic teachings recommend.
- Don’t combine raw and cooked foods.
Raw food is harder to digest than cooked food. Combining the two means that the one food will digest faster and leave the other food lying in the stomach. This will cause indigestion and bloating, among many other digestion ailments. In the process of cooking, the enzymes in the food are broken down, making digestion easier. Try not to over-cook food as this will destroy the enzymes.
- Eat fruit on its own.
This is a similar principle in that fruit is the easiest food to digest. The fruit will digest last, meaning that it will also lie in the stomach and ferment will the other food is breaking down. Common meals often make a mistake with this principle – yoghurt and fruit, or fruit for dessert. Fruit is best eaten as a snack 30 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after. If fruit is cooked, however, it is then easily digested. An example of this is cooked blueberries in oatmeal or stewed apples for dessert. Fruit is also easy to digest (and therefore can be combined with other foods) when it is blended, for example in a smoothie.
- Don’t combine dairy with protein-rich foods or foods that are acidic.
If dairy products, for example milk or yoghurt, are combined with protein, such as fish or eggs, the chemical reaction causes a lot of trouble for our stomach. Dairy shouldn’t be combined with beans or anything acidic, like fruit, either. This is another principle which is often overlooked – eggs in a cheesy omelette, beans with sour cream in burritos, yoghurt and with fruit salad (again!).
In Ayurveda teachings we learn that some people have a stronger digestive fire that others. This is referred to as our Agni. People with a stronger Agni are able to worry less about food combinations as they can digest all food quite simply. At the end of the day, it is about learning what your body tolerates and doesn’t tolerate. Be aware and mindful of what you are eating and the effect it has on your body. Over time you will learn your body’s individual preferences.
Have a great day.
Lots of light and love xx