Prana Pranbhrutamnnam Tadayuktaya Nihanntyasun,
Visham Pranaharam Tachcha Yukti Yuktam Rasayanam...
(Ayu is life and Veda means knowledge. Knowledge of Life is Ayurveda)
Everything absorbed by five senses like Mouth (food, water), Nose
(Breath), Ear (Chanting, sweet music), Skin (Sunlight), Eyes (Nature)
is Food. When we consume food in adequate amount, it gives us long life
and youthfulness. When consumed in inadequate amounts, it increases
production of toxins which is harmful for life. Having right food is
the initial step towards achieving healthy life. But just having right
food is not enough. Right combination and proportion of food is also
important for an individual.
Most of the diseases are a result of inadequate foods or not having
food in a proper manner. Specific food's nutritive value and its effect
are decided, depending on its taste and attributes.
Ayurveda has three main focuses: healing, prevention and health
care. This medical science is a method of personalizing food for each
person's healing process. Ayurvedic style cooking is a rational way to
prepare food keeping in mind the dietary need of an individual based on
different body types.
Ayurveda categorizes food in to three categories: Satvic, Rajasic
and Tamasic. These types of foods have different effects on the body
and the mind.
Sattva is a quality of mind which induces clarity, harmony and balance.
The following food promotes Sattva.
fruits and vegetables, salads, fresh fruit juices, cereals(red rice),
herbal tea, fresh cow milk, dry fruits, nuts, honey,jaggery,
all spices and freshly cooked Food
A quality of mind which induces energy and action. The need to create.
The following food promotes Rajas.
to eat canned food, basmati rice, sour cream, paneer, ice-cream, yeast,
sugar, pickle, vinegar, garlic, onion and salted food.
Tamas is a quality of mind which evokes darkness, inertia, resistance and grounding.The need to stop.
The following food promotes Tamas .
Alcohol, Beef, Chicken, Fish, Pork, Eggs, Frozen food, Microwaved food,
Mushroom, Drugs, Tea, Coffee, Fried food, Fried nuts.