Why Ayurvedic food doesn’t have to be Indian

Anyone who has ever come across something about Ayurveda in a wellness magazine or during a yoga holiday can quickly get the idea that Ayurvedic food consists of an Indian meal. But, is this true?

Because Ayurveda has its origin in India, people sometimes come to the conclusion that the whole of India eats, lives and poops Ayurvedic. And that if you want to benefit from Ayurveda, you have to say goodbye to the Dutch stamppot, Mexican specialties or Italian delicacies. The good news: Ayurvedic food doesn’t have to have anything to do with Indian food.

Ayurveda is a comprehensive health system and medicine* for physical and mental well-being. Ayurveda is in line with current medical developments and, in addition to solutions, also offers many handles and inspiration for a meaningful and enjoyable life.

Ayurveda pays a lot of attention to diet and lifestyle. Attention to what someone can do themselves, in order to reduce the risk of illness and to enable people to lead a long, healthy and happy life.

However, if someone becomes ill, Ayurveda has a range of treatments and protocols for treatment or support.

Ayurveda looks beyond averages: very specifically to the person himself. Health, well-being and the choice of treatment are approached from the personal constitution of the individual, in order to use a suitable method for that person.

That personal approach also applies to your food. A recurring question is: can you digest it? And how can you optimize your digestion? How can a meal actually be nourishing for you?

For example, Ayurveda distinguishes 6 flavors, which are important for a fulfilling and nourishing meal that digests well. The qualities and effects of foods are also examined. Is something cooling your system, or is it heating up just a little too much? Do you live in a warm and dry climate, or in a cold and wet climate? These are all factors that play a role in choosing the right food for you: for your balance at that moment.

What about Indian cuisine? So it may or may not be Ayurvedic as well as any other culinary movement. It just depends on how a meal is composed. By gaining a little knowledge about Ayurveda, however, you can more and more look through an Ayurvedic lens and make balanced choices that are right for your body and life.

And you can turn every meal into a party. Both during the meal and after.

*Ayurveda was officially recognized as a medicine in 1977 by the WHO (World Health Organization), with the remark that it often provides solutions beyond Western medicine.

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Why Ayurvedic food doesn't have to be Indian

A recurring
question is:

“Can you digest it?”