Written by John Immel,
'' Exclamations in GeneralGenerally, exclamation points mean that a recipe or ingredient is contraindicated for a diet. Hold your mouse pointer over the exclamation icon to find out why. Contraindicated is just a fancy word for 'unhealthy' used in medical texts.
'' Fixing Recipes with Exclamation PointsSometimes the recipe fits your diet but many of the ingredients have exclamation points next to them. In this case, the synergy of the whole recipe overcomes the qualities of individual ingredients. Some ingredients balance each other out cancelling the bad effects. For example, the hot quality of black pepper in a vinaigrette can balance the cold quality of iceberg lettuce.
The result is that Ayurveda offers you greater freedom. You can safely enjoy forbidden ingredients as long as you create a balanced formula, the recipe. Most recipes, even healthy ones, have one or two ingredients with exclamations. For example, salt is kapha aggravating, but every Kapha person needs some salt in their diet. Check to make sure the recipe itself doesn't have an exclamation point on top.
If a recipe you like has an exclamation next to the title, you may be able to substitute contra-indicated ingredients and create a similar recipe that is balanced for your dosha. Simply look for an ingredient in the recipe with an exclamation point and click on the '' button.
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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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Check to see if the recipe itself has an exclamation point. If it doesn't, let me know. Since all the ingredients have an exclamation point, it is probably not good for you. But that is unusual for this recipe. What have you checked off from your diet page?
This is a great recipe to relieve sore throats with congestion. I recommend it highly. Question - does it matter what type of honey or where you get it? I have heard rumors that local honey even from grocery stores can be boiled first. Is this true?
Great explanation - so glad I found it! I was thinking I wouldn't be able to eat anything until I read about the balancing of foods in a recipe. YAY!!! Happy cooking :)
I have a mix of all three Dosha's, with the strongest being Kapha - it seems the majority of foods on my permitted list all have an exclamation mark next to them apart from Kale, Neem and Nettles! How on earth do I construct a healthy diet? Help!