The Ayurvedic diet does not prohibit any food, but provides information on the correct ratio, amount and time of intake.
The principles of the Ayurvedic diet can be divided into several main groups of recommendations, namely:
Water and fluid intake
It is recommended to drink warm water every day, immediately after waking up.
For people of the Pitta type, the water should has a temperature of 35-36 ° C, and those of the Vata or Kapha type – 38-40 ° C.
In case of digestive problems, the water temperature can rise to 45 ° C.
Tea and other beverages are always taken after a meal.
Eating in different parts of the day
Breakfast should be before 8:30. Includes fruit, with tea or coffee taken afterwards.
Lunch must be before 1:30 p.m. Includes meat, vegetables, dairy products, spicy and sour foods.
Afternoon breakfast consists of roasted nuts or dried fruits and should not exceed 100 g.
Dinner must end by 20:00. Includes leafy vegetables and soups made with vegetable fats.
Eating according to age
- Children from 0 to 12 years old should follow the natural needs of their body in response to the feeling of hunger.
- Adults aged 12 to 60 can eat without restriction in quantity, subject to discipline as to when and with what they satisfy their hunger.
- Adults over the age of 60 should start limiting the amount of food they eat.
Eating according to the season
- In winter and spring, more foods rich in protein and fat can be consumed, not every day, but every other day.
- In summer and autumn, the amount of protein and fat intake should be less, and foods containing them should be taken once every two weeks.
Eating according to the feeling of food
To determine if a food is right for you, you need to answer a few questions:
When you look at the food, does it cause eye discomfort?
Does your food smell bad?
Does it have a special taste?
Does it cause discomfort after eating?
Do you feel heaviness one hour after eating?
Do you lose consciousness after eating?
Does your sleep interfere?
Does it cause stomach problems?
If you answer “No” to all the questions, it means that the food you eat is right for you and helps maintain your body’s energy balance.