Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion School
Healthy Comfort Food that Soothes StressWith its unctuous silkiness and rich enticing aroma, coconut oil may be the ultimate 'neuron' comfort food. Its high content of quality fats nourish a sizzled nervous system, helping you meet daily challenges with less struggle. Your neurons are coated in a fatty layer called the myelin sheath, which guides nerve impulses and insulates the neuron from hyperactivity. When his fatty layer is dried out or deficient, your nerves will be easily agitated and anxious.
On the MendThis dish is excellent for someone who feels depleted by the hustle & bustle of the work week, or even late nights of insomnia. If you are fatigued, or have had a rough day emotionally, this recipe is a cushion for your nerves and is restorative to your liver. Coconut oil contains healthy fats that are quickly and easily absorbed, digested, and metabolized by your body, making them ideal for nourishing the elderly, anyone with a delicate constitution or who feels fragile, and those recovering from a recent illness.
Build Stamina, Feel WarmHearty oats, sesame, and coconut build strength and stamina - and who doesn't want to `feel their oats?' Sesame restores your vigor and vitality on a chilly autumn morning. Its naturally warming and stamina building properties stick to your ribs and keep you feeling toasty. For those of you who are sensitive to cold, the addition of sesame seeds will warm you from your core.
1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, reduce heat and add the oil and the sugar. Let simmer while you prepare the oats.
2. Grind the oatmeal in a coffee grinder.
3. Dry roast the sesame seeds and coconut shavings on medium heat until they start to brown. Take care to stir frequently as they easily burn once they start to turn brown.
4. Mix the oatmeal with a cup of cold water. Add salt. Then add the oatmeal to the boiling hot water. Return to a boil stirring constantly. Cook until it reaches a soft, even, creamy consistency and has absorbed all of the water. Top with toasted coconut flakes and sesame seeds.
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.
The 6 Tastes
Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.
The Three Doshas / Body Types
Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
OJASOjas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after lon-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
SATTVICSattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
GLUTENA constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
EARTHResembles earth (prithvi) in quality - heavy, dense, solid, stable, hard.
CRUNCHYMakes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.
BLANDBland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
NUTRIENT Soluble Fiber, Carbohydrate, Insoluble Fiber
PLASMAPlasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.
REPRODUCTIVEReproductive tissue (Shukra/Artava Dhatu) includes male and female reproductive organs.
MUSCLEMuscle tissue (Mamsa Dhatu) includes muscles and ligaments.
DOWNWARDDownward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
|Bone & Joint|
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
WARMS-ABDOMENWarms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.
|Energy Vitality Strength|
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
|Heart & Circulation|
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
|Liver & Gall Bladder|
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
|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|
RELAXES-MINDReduces mental agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
RELAXES-EYESEases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
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.
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
|Skin Care & Beauty|
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
RAISES-THYROIDAn herb that increases thyroid function.
RELIEVES-BURNINGHerbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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.
(4.73 out of 5 stars) 11 reviews, 229 likes