The Vata, Pitta, & Kapha food lists are meant to be suggestive areas for exploration, not a treatment plan. Start by picking your favorite foods on the list and getting curious. Try them out. How do they make you feel? Chances are 1/3 of the foods on the list will feel great, and 2/3's will have minimal impact, but they won't hurt you either. A few of the foods on your 'yes' list may actually make you feel worse. That's normal.
When you feel imbalanced or out of sorts, take an inventory of foods you've eaten in the last 24 hours. Check to see if anything you've eaten is on your 'no' list. Check your poop and your tongue. Then, do some further research on the offending ingredients. Use the Joyful Belly ingredients section to aid your research. Try to figure out why Vata should avoid popcorn, for example. This technique brings you into relationship with the foods in your daily regimen, giving you insight into your body as well.
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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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