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Manda: Rice WaterManda means liquid. When sick, most people lose their appetite. Manda is the first meal to be taken when the appetite returns (four hours). It is basically water in which basmati is boiled. Use 14 parts of water to 1 part of Basmati rice. Strain and drink the water. It should be served lukewarm with a tsp of ghee and a pinch of black salt.
Peya: Rice SoupPeya means soup. Two to three hours later the patient should feel hungry again. Peya is a thin, light porridge. Make with eight parts water, one part rice. Cook until very soft.
Vilepi: Thick Rice SoupVilepi means thick soup. It should be served for the third and fourth meals. Cook with four parts water to one part rice. Add black salt, a pinch of raw sugar, and sauted spices in ghee such as ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and fennel.
Odana: Cooked RiceOdana means cooked rice. It is rice as we know it normally. It should be served at the fifth meal. Odana is cooked 2:1 water to grain.
Yusha: Mung Lentil SoupOf all lentils, mung daal is the easiest to digest. Yusha is rice with yellow mung dal added served as a soupy mixture for the 6th meal. Akrita yusha is without spices, fat and salt. Krita yusha is with spices, fat and salt. Use four parts water to 1 part basmati and 1/2 part split mung lentils. Recommended spices are black pepper, dry ginger, ghee, and salt.
Kichari: Rice and Daal MixtureA kitchari is any dish of rice and beans. Rice and beans together provide all twenty amino acids. Fats, carbohydrates and proteins are the building blocks of ojas. Cooked with ghee, kitchari is ojas building. Kitchari may be eaten for many meals and is very cleansing. It helps with recuperation and rejuvenation.
Mamsa Rasa: Meat JuiceMeat based soups provide more ojas but can also create more ama. Ayurveda recommends wild animals from a warm, watery climate such as a duck. There are three kinds of meat soups: liquid, medium, and heavy. Four to one mixture of water to meat is liquid. Two and half to one is medium. And two to one is heavy. Akrita rasa is without spices and krita rasa is with spices.
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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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Is there a recommended vegan substitute for sauteing with ghee, that would be easy on the system - digestion, liver, etc? I've heard conflicting things about coconut oil, and that olive oil should not be heated.
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Hi, Can a person heal gastroparesis, along with gastritis and ulcers? My digestion suffered greatly after the birth of my 4th child. Whats more of a mystery is, after I ingest food, once it hits my stomach, my blood pressure rises. I don't know if my gastroparesis is from weak/tired adrenals. Feels like food just sits in my stomach irritating my stomach gut. I am also having low ferritin problems. I tried eating more meat & vegetables, but my ferritin keeps declining. I don't know if it's from malabsorption (low stomach acid) or from the gastritis/ulcers? I've purchased some teas from you such as bitters. I hope these help my stomach issues. Thanks.