I have been officially teaching Ayurveda for over a decade, and this is something that has been brought up in pretty much every Ayurveda class I have taught.
What type of diet does Ayurveda advocate?
There seems to be a widespread ongoing belief that Ayurveda says one should follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
This however is a misconception that commodity ayurveda has created and it could not be any further away from the truth.
The quick video below explains to you what type of foods traditional Ayurveda recommends. No prior ayurvedic knowledge required. 🙂
For your viewing pleasure, look for the CC button on the video, click on it and you will have subtitles. 🙂
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WEBVTT Kind: captions Language: en 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:06.109 Hi everyone. I have been officially teaching Ayurveda for over a decade. And 00:00:06.109 --> 00:00:11.280 this is something that has been brought up in pretty much every Ayurveda class 00:00:11.280 --> 00:00:20.250 I have taught. What type of diet does Ayurveda advocate? There seems to be a 00:00:20.250 --> 00:00:27.269 widespread ongoing belief that Ayurveda says one should follow a vegetarian or 00:00:27.269 --> 00:00:35.100 vegan diet. This however is a misconception that commodity Ayurveda 00:00:35.100 --> 00:00:43.469 has created and it could not be any further away from the truth. Traditional 00:00:43.469 --> 00:00:52.370 Ayurveda, the oldest form of medical science says that one should eat 00:00:52.370 --> 00:01:03.140 wholesome food. The term wholesome does not imply whole, raw, plant-based, 00:01:03.140 --> 00:01:11.090 ketogenic, or anything fashionable like that. It does not even refer to any 00:01:11.090 --> 00:01:18.420 particular ratio or combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and 00:01:18.420 --> 00:01:27.740 minerals. The definition of wholesome involves several factors that take into 00:01:27.740 --> 00:01:38.670 consideration three main components: The person who will receive the food, the 00:01:38.670 --> 00:01:51.450 food itself, and the surrounding context of the energy exchange. For example, in 00:01:51.450 --> 00:01:59.579 terms of the food itself: Traditional Ayurveda looks at the twenty qualities, the 00:01:59.579 --> 00:02:07.940 six tastes, and the method of preparation. When we say twenty qualities we refer to 00:02:07.940 --> 00:02:17.440 properties such as hot cold dry moist heavy light etc. In terms of the person 00:02:17.440 --> 00:02:23.530 that will receive the food traditional Ayurvedic takes into consideration their 00:02:23.530 --> 00:02:32.380 physical emotional and mental disposition and their main activity. Think 00:02:32.380 --> 00:02:41.730 age gender disease tendency lifestyle habits etc. In terms of the surrounding 00:02:41.730 --> 00:02:50.260 context traditional Ayurveda accounts for space and time as in geographical 00:02:50.260 --> 00:02:58.260 location time of day and season.Think desert versus seashore or high-altitude 00:02:58.260 --> 00:03:07.209 hot summer versus freezing winter. As you can see according to traditional Ayurveda 00:03:07.209 --> 00:03:11.890 there is no such thing as black and 00:03:11.890 --> 00:03:21.870 white. Everything is gray. Everything is about a dynamic balance between the 00:03:21.870 --> 00:03:31.600 individual and their environment. What works for one person at one context will 00:03:31.600 --> 00:03:40.320 not work for another person at a different context. The truth is personal 00:03:40.320 --> 00:03:50.440 contemporary and relative. What traditional Ayurveda teaches us is that 00:03:50.440 --> 00:04:00.280 food carries subtle energies. These energies interact with the energies 00:04:00.280 --> 00:04:12.370 within us to impact the quality of our experience, our own experience. In other 00:04:12.370 --> 00:04:24.310 words our own body our own emotions our own senses and our own mind. What this 00:04:24.310 --> 00:04:32.710 means is that whether the energies that we take in come from the animal kingdom 00:04:32.710 --> 00:04:42.600 the plant kingdom or the mineral kingdom we want them to be as wholesome as 00:04:42.600 --> 00:04:51.430 possible. What happened to traditional Ayurveda? Traditional Ayurveda got 00:04:51.430 --> 00:04:58.510 distorted during the medieval period of the Hindu culture, which lasted from 00:04:58.510 --> 00:05:07.990 about 500 AD to the early 18th century. This is when a lot of the systematized 00:05:07.990 --> 00:05:15.540 knowledge of traditional Ayurveda was forgotten and replaced by folklore 00:05:15.540 --> 00:05:25.720 superstition and personal opinions. Commodity Ayurveda. This non factual 00:05:25.720 --> 00:05:35.890 information, still fully unexamined is being passed on as truth from guru to 00:05:35.890 --> 00:05:44.410 student, who in turn becomes a guru and passes on the same false data to the 00:05:44.410 --> 00:05:49.680 next student, and so on and so on. 00:05:50.550 --> 00:05:59.950 Unfortunately repetition makes a "fact" seem more true regardless of whether it 00:05:59.950 --> 00:06:07.960 is, or not. To learn more about traditional Ayurveda, choose one of our 00:06:07.960 --> 00:06:15.250 online self-paced courses or in-person trainings. And if you enjoyed this, please 00:06:15.250 --> 00:06:22.690 hit the like button share and subscribe if you haven't already. Until next time 00:06:22.690 --> 00:06:31.000 much much love from both of us. Na'maste kala. May we all be well.
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