Start small. Little changes accumulate over time to big effects. Not sure what to eat for breakfast? Start with something familiar. It's okay if you're diet isn't all organic, whole foods. Start now, but start small. It will take about 5 years to figure out your diet. Give yourself some space to experiment.
There is no such thing as a perfect diet. In the real world, your diet choices may also be limited by time, circumstance and location. You might not have access to organic food or goji berries. When faced with all these limitations, you can simply give up altogether, or make the most of the foods available.
Even more confusing, one great food tip seems to contradict another. One expert claims tomatoes are healthy because they are high in antioxidants. Another ad warns to stay away from tomatoes and all nightshades. Who can you trust? How do you resolve these contradictions? Ayurveda says to trust your experiences. Instead of memorizing nutritional facts, qualify your food by how it makes you feel.
Science makes it seem like food choices are universally good or bad. The statistics seem pure and in-debatable. Reality and your body, however, paints a different picture. The fact is, it's normal for food choices to have positive and negative qualities. Which quality will prevail? The answer depends on you, and the health of your organs. If your liver is weak, nightshades could aggravate it. Otherwise, your liver will easily process any of the toxins in tomato. Then, you'll benefit from the antioxidants.
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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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