Nutrition and Maharishi Ayurveda
Maharishi Ayurveda sees nutrition as a choice based on an individual's unique tastes and imbalances. The logic is simple. We are all made differently, and one size does not fit all. Energy levels, emotions, actions, and reactions are unique to us. Even in the same family, one person may love to eat one type of food, while another has absolutely no taste for it. Similarly, one person can't tolerate cold weather, while another enjoys it completely.
Are our bodies naturally resistant to disease?
Our bodies have an innate intelligence of their own, which decides what kind of clothing they favor, what kind of food is suitable, what kind of activities they pursue. A healthy body is blessed with plenty of natural intelligence — you could also call it strong natural immunity — and will pursue what is good for it. But if there is an imbalance, then the body — or rather, the senses — will crave things that are harmful rather than healing to us. For example, a person prone to Pitta-related imbalances like skin eruptions should ideally avoid hot, spicy foods. But if that person's physiology is ridden with dosha imbalances, then he or she will not be able to resist eating spicy foods.
So it is important to listen to our bodies, so to speak?
The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends that your diet be somewhat intuitive based on a good solid understanding of your tastes and of foods that bring you both good taste and good nutrition. To start on that path, consult a Vaidya — a Maharishi Ayurveda expert who can not only determine your body's basic ayurvedic constitution, but also help teach you how to maintain balance, naturally, every day of the year.
As mentioned in another article in this month's newsletter, the best way to ensure you get a "complete" diet is to try to get all six flavors on your plate — sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, and astringent, and eat and prepare foods to preserve and enhance their high levels of intelligence.
Can I get all the tastes in one food?
Add flavor and healing nutrients to your food by cooking them with Maharishi Ayurveda's Churnas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). Blended in precise proportions to ensure dosha balance, these spice mixes are both delicious and versatile.
Remember, in Maharishi Ayurveda, one size does not fit all. Maharishi Ayurveda recognizes that each constitution is different and has its own unique needs. Ultimately the balance of tastes ideal for your individual constitution depends on your basic nature — your constitution or prakriti or original combination of doshic energies, and vikriti — the imbalances you are trying to correct at any point in time. Consult a Vaidya or a physician trained in Maharishi Ayurveda for guidance on foods that would work best for you; then browse our recipes section for hundreds of recipes and tips on what to eat and how to cook an ayurvedic meal.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.