SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Stay GroundedMushrooms have an earthy taste like the dark, rich loamy soil itself. This earthiness is a sign of mushrooms' ability to keep you grounded and calm your nervous system. They are considered tamasic in Ayurveda meaning they make your consciousness sleepy.
Remedy for Late Summer InsomniaIn late summer, as the temperature starts to drop at night, your mind wakes up and sleep feels like a far away wish. You might notice bouts of insomnia this time of year. The remedy is, as always, in nature. Mushrooms suddenly become abundant as the thunderstorms of August dump heavy rains. If you have noticed insomnia with increased frequency, try including some sauteed mushrooms in your favorite dish for a rustic and satisfying meal.
Always cook mushroomsRaw mushrooms are a popular salad item. However, raw mushrooms are nearly indigestible. We suggest you always cook mushrooms to avoid these digestive difficulties.
Mineral RichMushrooms are highly absorbant of minerals in the soil, often containing a rich utritional profile, as their earthy taste suggests. As much as mushrooms absorb minerals, they also absorb whatever toxins they are grown in, and have even been used to clean up toxis waste sites. For that reason, always eat organic mushrooms.
Wild Mushroom HuntingFrom wooded trails to the front lawn, Mushrooms seem to pop up as if by magic in late summer. Just the other day I was hunting herbs in the woods and stumbled upon mushroom after mushroom, brilliantly colored, wildly shaped, exotically enticing, and a touch scary. I was reminded of a quote my herb teacher taught me:
"There are old mushroom hunters, and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old bold mushroom hunters."
Mushrooms have a wide spectrum of effects on the body. They can be delicious, medicinal, hallucinogenic, and deadly poisonous. If you go wild mushroom hunting, be sure to positively identify any species before eating, or you may lose your chance to become an old mushroom hunter. Boldness in this particular field is not an advantage. The range of wild edible, rich, meaty, earthy mushrooms to serve over risotto or wild rice include chanterelles, boletes, honey mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, shitakes, chicken of the woods and many more. Destroying angel mushrooms are an example of the deadly.
The part of the mushroom you pick and eat is the fruit. The living part of the plant, which looks like roots embedded in the soil or a tree, is called the mycelium. When you pick a mushroom you are not killing it. On the contrary, by picking them you are actually helping the fungus to spread its spores. But be sure not to disturb the root system beneath the mushroom when picking. The mushroom thanks you!
Many mushrooms are used in herbalism for their medicinal properties, such as the famous reishi mushroom of Chinese medicine, a strong immune tonic. Other mushrooms have been used to improve vitality and fight cancer. We suggest you allow herbalists to select medicinal mushrooms, and old mushroom hunters to divide the deadly from delicious.
Are Mushrooms from Planet Earth?Many western herbalists entertain the notion that mushrooms come from another planet. While this opinion has no basis scientifically, it definitely captures the pure strangeness of the mushroom. Something about a mushroom feels distinctly alien to the human world. One mushroom I passed was bright red, with slime oozing out beneath it. Whether fluorescent orange, eerie opaque white, spotted, striped, tiny and delicate, or enormous and sprawling, mushrooms look like a dream-scape under the sea or in outer space. The largest organism in the world is a single mushroom whose mycelium extends over several mountaintops. Often the inspiration for creatures and features of fantasy and science fiction novels, mushrooms allow your imagination to run wild.
Another fact we haven't proven scientifically is that many mushroom experts we've crossed take on a gnome-like appearance. Mushroom hunters tend to be somewhat short and stocky with a slightly mad hatter personality- an effect we believe comes from eating too many odd, tamasic mushrooms. In order to avoid this mad tendency, we suggest you stick to familiar mushrooms - portobello, crimini, the occasional truffle, and familiar edibles & medicinals. These tried and true mushrooms, when cooked, give your meals a hearty, grounding feel, with no threat of turning you into a gnome.
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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.
Are Crimini & Button Mushrooms Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Bone & Joint:
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Energy Vitality Strength:
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
ANTICARCINOGENICHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
IMMUNE-STIMULANTStimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
GROUNDINGEncourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
ANXIOLYTICHerbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.
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Eat Well for Life With Ayurveda: Balance Your Dosha
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.
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I've been strict about avoiding mushrooms due to their tamasic quality as per Ayurveda. But if I've learned one thing from Joyful Belly it is "moderation in all things," and they are almost irreplaceable in certain dishes. So thank you for this helpful, interesting, and humorously entertaining profile. Enjoyed it a lot.
I am curious, how can mushrooms be 'grounding' and 'calming to the nervous system' when they are Vata aggravating? Seeme.
Mushrooms are Vata aggravating because they are difficult to digest.
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.