What is Ayurveda?

If you’re looking for a way to balance your body, mind and diet, look no further! We have a tried and tested, traditional practice that you can adapt to easily. Ayurveda. What is Ayurveda? We hear you ask.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine used long before scientific practices. The practice tailors itself to three different body types, also known as ‘doshas’. These are: Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas

The Vata body type likes to move, by being flexible and creative. A Vata dosha is normally quick and irregular, as well as usually having a thin and light body type. The Vata’s hair and skin are normally dry and cold, however, these types are quick to forgive and are lively and outgoing.

Pitta doshas are usually of a medium build and weight, as well as having thin, vibrant hair or baldness in some cases. They are usually able to digest food in a timely manner and have a vibrant, balanced complexion. Pitta doshas are intellectual and driven but can sometimes become argumentative and feisty.

Kapha types are radiant and strong. They sleep well and are patient, loyal and caring. The Kapha dosha can be stubborn and can sometimes suffer from illnesses such as diabetes or depression.

Ayurveda is built upon the idea of full-body balance. The practice focusses on a diet, herbal treatments and yoga to achieve its main goal. Those who practice Ayurveda believe that the mind and body are inexplicitly connected, and nothing can heal the body as the mind can.

One of the main principles that Ayurveda teaches, is how to fulfil a balanced and colourful diet.

Ayurveda and Veganism

An Ayurvedic diet must be colourful and limit the intake of processed foods, with the aim of making your body stronger and healthier, inside and out. This is no surprise that Ayurveda and veganism fit together so well. All you need to do is “eat the rainbow”, this can be done by consuming 6 different flavours in every meal.

–    Sweet- fresh fruit

–    Salty- mixed nuts

–    Sour- spinach

–    Pungent- sun-dried tomatoes

–    Bitter- broccoli

–    Astringent- tofu

When it comes to tailoring your diet to your dosha, it is important to bear in mind how much of each taste you need. Vata types need carbs, fruits and little meat (easy if you’re vegan). Pitta doshas need a large number of vegetables, as well as carbs and sweet fruits. Kapha’s should focus on eating lots of vegetables with spices but should stay away from foods that are too rich.

An Ayurvedic diet helps to improve your digestive system and speed up your metabolism. As well as highlighting other Ayurvedic tips, such as only eating when you are hungry, drinking hot water with ginger throughout the day and sitting down at a table to eat.

Some of your favourite vegan foods can fit in with an ayurvedic diet, such as parsnip and leek patties, vegan Cornish pasties and sweet potato and bean soup.

Gain some inspiration from this bestselling cookbook:

–    The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen: Finding Harmony Through Food by Talya Lutzker, as well as visiting our vegan recipes page to see if you can incorporate an Ayurveda focus into your favourite meals.

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