SERVING SIZE: 1 tbsp
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Walnuts look like brains and they are brain food in Ayurveda. They contain lecithin which is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neuortransmitter. Lecithin is our favorite ingredient for eggless emulsions as in 'Eggless Hollandaise Sauce'.
Protein deficiency causes weak digestion and sweet cravings. Nuts processed with digestive spices and ground into smoothies or sauces are an important protein source for Vata type vegetarians who have trouble digesting beans.
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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.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
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Energy Vitality Strength:
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
CONSTIPATIVEAn herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.
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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.
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Lightly toasting the walnuts at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or less will reduce the astringent taste of walnuts.
We chose the dosha classification based upon the high content of tannic acid in unroasted walnuts. The heat of walnuts, among nuts, makes them comparatively less kapha aggravating. What are your thoughts?
I was eating 1/4-1/3 cup of walnuts daily with breakfast. They seemed to be the key to remaining regular in my elimination. I recently became infected with HSV 2 and have read, and discovered through experience that nuts and seeds are aggravating to the virus due to lysine/arginine ration. I have become constipated now that I had to eliminate walnuts from my diet. Could you recommend an alternative source of fiber/oily that will help with regularity? I am a vata constitution.
I agree that walnuts are one of the most bitter, astringent nuts (unroasted). I love them raw when I'm feeling a bit heavy due to water retention.
You might experiment with avocados as a high fiber, oily food.
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.