School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
Digestion Takes a Lot of Work.We use up to 60% of our daily metabolism on digesting our food. That means by the end of the day your intestines have run a marathon. We have a special word called 'agni' in ayurveda for the strength of digestion.
Give Your Digestion a BreakWhen you are sick, taking the burden off your digestive organs gives your body some extra energy to heal itself. Giving your organs a rest improves your agni! Easy foods pull less blood into the digestive track, keeping the mind light. That leaves more blood for the brain. Heavy food causes "food coma" or sleepiness after eating.
What Kinds of Foods are Easy?Generally cooked, soft, and soupy foods. Foods that are like baby foods are easy to digest. No one gives a baby steak or a salad to wean it from mother's milk. Instead, babies get mashed bananas and carrots. The idea is to get maximum nutrition with the least amount of digestive effort. Rice soups with steamed carrots is ideal!
Ayurveda's SpecialtyDigestion is Ayurveda's speciality and gift. Ayurveda has a straightforward approach to treating conditions like IBS and Crohn's.
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.