Written by John Immel,
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Introduction to AyurvedaThe 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 & SpicesAyurveda 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..
About Diets on Joyful BellyAyurvedic 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 toolThe 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.
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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. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
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.
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.
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I am unable to decipher the various charts on Hot/Dry food to avoid or the charts referring to foods to seek?....the 3 symbols at far right are not explained? Thank you
Dear Robyn, When there is a slash through the V, it means the foods aggravates Vata and should be avoided by those with a Vata imbalance. The same is true for slashes through a P or K... -John
The three symbols at the right V,P,K stand for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. A V means it balances Vata. A V with a slash through it means it aggravates Vata.
Just a comment The new website is excellent. Thank you, John. It is my intention to be more active. Mary Anne
Hi John. I just LOVE this website. So very helpful. Awaiting my e-handbook with great anticipation! Have a great day
Hi John, I love this summer recipe for lemonade rose water drink!!! I wonder if you have a good resource or might know about a recipe for making rose water? Would love to try...Thank you.
Claudia- Just Google "making rose water" and you'll find a wealth of good recipes.
Is it possible to get a sample recipe for Kapha type from the e-handbook for your personal type that is $19.95. Not sure if I would use the ingredients though I know it is the way I should be eating.
Good Morning John, How do I order things on paper to read ? Or... 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 ? thank you, Pam
Amazing! So full of very useful information and resources. Thank you for all you put into this. Avis Lyons, Louisiana