Ayurveda diet

The Ayurveda diet acts in accordance with the different Doshas, which are important for the balance of the human body. The Doshas are the energies Vata, Kapha and Pitta, who are responsible for different spirits that have to be kept in balance.

An imbalance can lead to overweight; every Dosha has different requirements on nutrition. The Ayurveda diet needs an intensive preparation and some soul-searching. Ayurveda is conceived as a holistic cure.

Dosha and seasons affecting the diet plan

To undertake an Ayurveda diet, one should first know the dominating Dosha, as this is very important for creating the right diet. As the seasons have certain effects on Doshas, this must also been involved in the diet. In principle, an Ayurveda diet is not difficult to follow, as the Ayurvedic dishes are vegetarian and do not need many specific ingredients (1). One must only concentrate on the food's composition to eat according to the Ayurveda diet.

Ayurvedic cuisine

The basic components are fruits and vegetables; the food is normally prepared with Ghee, a very digestible kind of fat, made of butter. As the Ayurvedic dishes generally are very balanced, the Ayurveda diet can be carried out as a long-term diet. But one has to take care that one gets enough mineral nutrients. These may have to be applied additionally, e. g. by dietary supplements.

The balanced nutrition is very alternative and also has the effect that one feels comfortable again with his / her body. Meanwhile, cookbooks are available, in which favoured dishes have been converted in terms of Ayurveda, to make it easier to eat according to the principles of the Ayurveda diet.

1) "Ayurvedic cooking according to the seasons" (80 vegetarian recipes with domestic products)