Joyful Belly makes it easy to create and follow your Ayurvedic diet. Joyful Belly is not only a food encyclopedia; it is more personal and has more variety than you can get in a generic cookbook. You can research any recipe, ingredient, or symptom. You can also take assessment quizzes to figure out your dosha, or request a private consultation. Try us out!
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Introduction to Ayurveda
The practice of Ayurveda began in ancient India more than 5,000 years ago. It teaches that health, wealth, and happiness come from balance. The first and most important tool for balance is a good diet, which is the foundation for emotional and physical health. Ayurveda contains a very sophisticated knowledge of the effects of food, around which we've organized this website. Read these introductory articles to discover Ayurveda.
Recipes, Ingredients & Spices
Ayurveda harnesses the power of food to heal. Food can make us light or heavy, dry or oily, hot or cold, etc. We call these properties of food digestive effects. Western medicine uses the nutritional effects of food, but Ayurveda goes beyond that in believing that good digestion is the first step to good nutrition. Every recipe, ingredient, and spice on Joyful Belly is keyed by digestive effect. Find out how to use food as medicine..
Ayurvedic diets use dosha, guna, and taste to describe the types of foods that are healthy and unhealthy for a person. Joyful Belly is designed to help newcomers to Ayurveda keep track of all these qualities. We also provide advanced practitioners with fresh, new recipes to introduce variety into their own diets. Joyful Belly makes searching for recipes, ingredients, and spices easy (for the beginner and the expert) because we can match food to your diet using the technology built into the website. Find out more.
About the search tool
The search box is a powerful research tool that can access our entire food encyclopedia. Find out why your practitioner told you to drink pomegranate juice or avoid wheat. There are multiple filters you can add to refine your search. For example: conservative eaters, filter recipes for the Western palate; adventurous, spice-loving people, filter for Indian recipes. You can use the search tool to compare ingredients and doshas side-by-side as well as use it to learn more about Ayurveda. Click here for a step-by-step guide to the Search Tool.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
Good Morning John,
How do I order things on paper to read ?
On CD disc to listen to ?
I do not have capability to up/download due to shared electronic equipment and it is not my right.
I need CD disc or books.
Is this possible for the variety of items offered upon completion of my testing ?
it seems it is only electronic ?