and the prevention of Aam accumulation (toxins), not on the amount of Vitamins and minerals present in the food. A correct and complete digestive process in turn guarantees the balance in the body’s doshas (constitution). Every food has its own characteristics and attributes. For example, according to Ancient Siddha-Veda Principles, Milk and Dairy products’ attributes are heavy, cold and mucus producing, or we can say that they create an imbalance of the Kapha dosha. Fermented and sour foods have the acidic characteristic, and therefore they create an imbalance of the Pitta dosha. Dry and raw food has inflammatory attributes and creates an imbalance of the Vata dosha. In other words the purpose of eating is that the attributes of the food must help to balance the Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and not add to the toxins accumulated in the body in the form of undigested food. Vitamin or mineral contents of the food could only benefit the body if the food is fully digested, metabolized and the elimination process is regular and successful.The following recommendations will help you to balance all three doshas and create a healthy digestion and a strong immune system. Even if you are able to follow only one or two of the recommendations at first, you will find that over time you can incorporate more changes. It is important to be consistent, but please remember to - enjoy your food - !
Common Rules to Follow for All three Doshas:- Eat only eat when hungry
- Do not eat large meals after the dark
- Enjoy lots of Moong/Mung soup (green whole moong/mung)
- Do not drink water with meals, leave a half an hour gap before or after eating (In case you feel the need to drink, enjoy warm or room-temperature beverages)
- Avoid icy cold drinks at all times
- Avoid milk and dairy products (except Ghee)
- Avoid sour and fermented food
- Avoid wheat in any form: white wheat flour, whole wheat flour, multi grains containing wheat, wheat flour as a thickener for sauces, as filler in ready-made food, etc.
- Enjoy local, seasonal, and organic fruits and vegetables
- Enjoy plenty of cooked, green, leafy vegetables
- Enjoy fresh-squeezed juices, and avoid bottled juices as a rule
- Avoid all soft drinks, flavored water, Red Bull, vitamin drinks, including sugar-free kinds
- Completely avoid artificial sweeteners and refined sugar, Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), Saccharin (Sweet’N Low), Sucralose (Splenda, Altern), Xylitol, Sorbitol, Acesulfame (found in diet sodas), Neotame (used in baked goods), etc.
- Enjoy natural sweeteners in moderation such as jaggary (gud), agave extract, pure Maple Syrup and Stevia. Honey should only be added when food or drinks are cool. Never heat up honey since it has a tendency to become toxic in high temperature
- Enjoy home-cooked meals using fresh ingredients
- Avoid fast food, ready-made food, chain restaurants, etc.
- Avoid multitasking while you are eating, such as: watching TV, reading, working at the computer or driving