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Ayurvedic Diet: What You Need To Know

You may have heard of Ayurveda and the Ayurvedic diet, but do you know what it is? Ayurveda is a holistic medicine practice from India. “Ayu” means life and “veda” means science, therefore it technically means “the science of life.” Ayurveda has been around for over 5,000 years and basically promotes a more natural lifestyle that subsequently makes you feel better. In the West, many have adopted an Ayurvedic lifestyle that includes local, seasonal foods chosen for an individual’s unique set of biophysical needs, practicing stress-management techniques, and drinking herbal teas.

When it comes to cooking, essentially all cooking is Ayurveda. Choosing fresh produce, whole grains, sustainable protein sources and spices promotes Ayurveda. Whether you want to adopt an Ayurvedic diet or not, these Ayurvedic cooking techniques will help to make your meals healthier.

Think Seasonal
Start with your local farmer’s market as it is a helpful resource to inform you what’s growing in your region. You can chat with farmers to understand how their fresh produce can be incorporated into your cooking. Remember, Ayurveda promotes keeping it simple and local.

Spice It Up
Spices support digestion, provide other health benefits, and are key components in Ayurvedic cooking.
Even in small amounts, they support the entire system.  For example, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, ginger supports the immune system and digestion, and cardamom can lower the acidity of coffee.

Plan Ahead
Meal prep is an easy way to save time and energy. Planning ahead eliminates the need to ponder your meals daily and prevents you from ordering takeout. You can try soaking beans and rice in the morning so they cook faster when you get home. Or you can make spice blends on the weekend so they’re ready for you whenever you decide to meal prep.

Cook A Little Everyday
Preventable health issues are on the rise, thus it is imperative that we start cooking healthy food at home. If you eat out for a majority of your meals, start by cooking one meal at home each day. Then you can increase this at a steady pace so that eventually you are making most of your meals at home. Cooking at home is rewarding as saves time and money and is a great way to bond with your loved ones.

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