SERVING SIZE: 1/2 whole
SPECIES: Solanum tuberosum
How Can Potato Make You Feel Great?
Causes Weight GainThe abundance of starch in potato and their high glycemic index cause weight gain.This heaviness puts you to sleep and can slow digestion.
Cools InflammationPotatoes, un-remedied by spices and cooking, cause gas and weight gain. They are naturally astringent, a unique quality among starches. Potatoes are also soothing and demulcent, making them useful for cooling inflammation in the GI tract.
Digestibility of PotatoesThe fiber content of potatoes aids regular elimination, while their astringency binds overly loose stools. The heaviness of potatoes, un-remedied by spices, makes them difficult to digest for Vata. In that case, add spices like turmeric, cumin or black pepper. Salt and lime juice can help, as well as pureeing potatoes with water for a thin potato soup. As with all members of the nightshade family, eat sparingly if you have a weak liver or arthritis.
BUYING & PREPARATION
COOKING POTATOBrowse Recipes
Be sure to cook until slightly mushy all the way through. Undercooked potatoes are very difficult to digest.
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WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your 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 Potato Good for Me?
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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
Lung and Sinus:
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
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.
Makes you tired,
MAKES-YOU-TIREDInduces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW 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 was reading in the Ayurvedic Cookbook that the tamasic potatoes quality of potatoes can be nullified if it is eating with adequate amounts of fats (e.g. ghee) and / or protein foods. Also, the Glycaemic Index research has found that potatoes can typically have a GI as low as 57 (in the case of baby potatos, and steamed potatoes). Also Satiety Index research has found that potatoes are one of the most satiating foods you can eat (in terms of the hours following the consumption of that food).
I've found this from bouncing between sattvic diet and diet including potato: While they are heavy, this can be partly remedied by using the spices black/long pepper, cumin, and cinnamon, as well as turmeric and some herbs like oregano and thyme. Rob (previous commenter) is right; fats help also, especially ghee, which makes a natural combo in my opinion! I usually bake my taters and use powdered black pepper - lots - and add ghee. This is one of the best things I've found for an upset stomach or as a sick food... very filling, warming, and satisfying! For those of you who think you may have a problem with fermentation, taking the potato with just a little hydrated (medicinal) clay will keep it from "souring." (Thanks to the natives of the Andes for that tip!) Potatoes are a great way to ween people off of meat when they've been abusing it, and they're awesome for days of emotional breakdown and over-stimulation. Careful with the salt; potatoes are actually used in professional cooking to soak excess salt from dishes. They love salt and you'll taste less of it if you choose to use it on them - almost like they eat it themselves! Great with any steamed or baked vegetable, like asparagus and squash! But it's a sin they taste so good with bacon bits and cheese... no can do!
I had an upset stomach today and without looking up anything I went straight for a baked potato with lots of freshly ground black pepper. Yay!!
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Mind Stress SleepAnxiety, fear, uncertainty, Conflict makes me restless, Epilepsy, Hyperactive, quick, Light sleeper, Short bursts of energy, Talks quickly
SkinInflamed skin, Itchy skin
Blood and CirculationStinging Eyes
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.