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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 butt ayurveda believes good digestion is the first step to good nutrition. Every recipe, ingredient, and spice on Joyful Belly is keyed by digestive effect.
Let's look at the example to the right for pumpkin. The first row gives dosha, the second row guna, and the third row taste. The slash through the V means pumpkin provokes Vata. Cold means that pumpkins have a cooling effect on the body for several hours after digestion. Sweet means that pumpkin has sweet taste.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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This article about the exclamation points explains it in detail.
This is a fantastic demystification of the qualities and doshas - I can't wait to start your course soon and have my consultation with you, John. Thank you so much - you clearly live and breathe ayurveda and it will be wonderful to be finally enlightened on a subject which has fascinated me but always seemed tricky to grasp. Bless you and wishing you joyful and abundant new year.
Very interesting. I would just like to ask one question please. The exclamation mark on the recipes for my Dosha, what do they mean? They appear in the recipe for Mung Dahl kichari (Kapha reducing)that is beside the word - Basmati rice. Then on the same line there is a (K) with a dash through it - I take it that Basmati rice is aggravating for the Kapha Dosha, yes. I just need to clarify this. Many thanks Agnes
I think I am mostly Vata, but enjoy Pumpkin very much, in a soupsoup or a pasta sauce. It does not upset me at all.Amanda Walker, Portugal