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What you eat, when you eat, and how you combine your food are some of the key notes of an Ayurvedic approach to diet. Remember, Ayurveda is not a diet model but a path of self-awareness on all levels; body, mind, and soul.
Ayurveda focuses on attaining healthy digestion ( gut health) through proper attention to one’s constitution, time of life, season, time of day, and food combinations. Take coffee for example; coffee with cream ( dairy) can cause indigestion while coffee with cardamom, ghee or coconut oil, and cinnamon can stimulate digestion in a good way.
These are just a few common foods that we never think of as poor combinations. They might surprise you.
Eggs with fruit, especially melons; beans, cheese, fish, kitchari, MILK, meat, yogurt
|BANANAS, cherries, melons, sour fruits; bread containing yeast, fish, kitchari, meat, yogurt
Melons with EVERYTHING – especially dairy, eggs, fried food, grains, starches. Melons more than most fruit should be eaten alone or left alone.
cucumbers, milk, tomatoes, yogurt
Here is a good one:**According to ancient Ayurvedic literature, honey should never be cooked. If cooked, the molecules become a non-homogenized glue that adheres to mucous membranes and clogs subtle channels, producing toxins. Uncooked honey is nectar. Cooked honey is considered poison.
Unhealthy food combinations causes toxic buildup in the body. Some Useful Tips to Aid DigestionEat ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger with a pinch of rock salt before each meal to kindle digestion. Ghee stimulates agni and improves digestion. Small sips of warm water during a meal will aid digestion and absorption of food. Do not drink iced water as it slows agni and digestion. Indeed ice water should not be taken under most circumstances, as it is too shocking to the system. Proper chewing is essential to good digestion, ensuring food gets thoroughly mixed with saliva. A cup of lassi at the end of a meal also aids the digestive process. Make by blending ¼ cup yogurt with 2 pinches of ginger and cumin powder in 1 cup water. Ideally, one should fill the stomach with one-third food, one-third liquid, and one-third should be empty.