Food & Nutrition

According to Ayurveda, nutrition has to balance our physical body, our vitality and our mind. Good nutrition is not only about eating nutritious food but is also about creating a harmonious environment to support a focused and peaceful mind as well as strong vitality, strong prana.Fruits.jpg

An individual’s constitution plays a great role in their nutrition, as not all foods act to balance or give good nutrition to all constitutions. Eating foods that are nutritionally balancing to your body, vital and mind, will give prana to your particular constitution and create tremendous healing power within you.

Ayurveda places considerable emphasis on good digestion where the food we eat is converted into energy, tissue and other building blocks. When we experience low energy, the body’s capacity to turn food into energy is low. Therefore it is important to help the body to increase its digestive power, called agni.

When the digestion power or 'agni' is strong we are able to absorb the nutrients from our food into our tissues and expel toxins, which can accumulate as 'ama' in the body. According to Ayurveda, the accumulation of ama in the tissues, is one of the main precursors to illness.

To improve your digestion:

  1. ayurveda spices 2.jpg Observe your digestion system by paying attention to your bowel movements and energy levels and observing how you feel after eating different foods.
  2. Choose to eat as much as possible, fresh, clean, whole foods that are unprocessed. Use Ayurveda knowledge to choose what is appropriate for your constitution.
  3. Act on what you instinctively feel is right for you and your digestive system. Act on what you have learned from your observation.

Our 'agni' digestive power can be improved by a number of simple methods:

  • Eat only when you are hungry.
  • Add spices and herbs to balance and pre-digest the food.
  • Eat more raw foods to maintain agni in your body, being careful not to consume an excessive amount, which in the long-term can imbalance agni and the vata dosha.
  • Drink less liquid with meals. 

The food of my eyes is scenery. The food of my nose is fragrance. The food of my ears is spiritual teaching. The food of my mind is clarity. The food of my heart is purity. The food of my soul is Liberation.
- Sri Chinmoy