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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Bitter Melon Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Momordica charantia
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Bitter Melon:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
View Other Ingredients for SpringBitter Melon is recommended for Spring. Check out these other Spring foods here.
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Just bought a bitter melon; started nibbling on it on my way home from the grocery store as I had a really strong urge to eat it. At home ,washed and sliced it in to sticks- like celery sticks- and ate it as is with artichoke and asiago dip (I do realize it is a bad choice). I am Pitta, overweight. Am I in trouble? My friend, who is (skinny)diabetic, drinks bitter melon/green apple/celery juice -freshly squeezed -every day. Thank you.
Cut them into small slices. Pour in generous amount of salt and mix it. Leave it for 2-3 hours. Squeeze them and then wash in water. Pour oil into a pan and fry them till they turn brown. Add diced onions and keep cooking. Add turmeric, grounded black pepper and salt. Enjoy eating with roti (Indian bread). Both Vata and Pitta types can do with this recipe especially in Spring season.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSBitter Melon may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
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. 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.