Vegetarian foods often leave fewer residues than animal products after digestion and for some help increase vitality. A vegetarian lifestyle is more environmentally friendly, and can help a person advance on their spiritual journey. But vegetarians have to be careful. Many vegetarians becomes anemic and protein deficient. Adopting a vegetarian lifestyle needs to be a good fit for the individual. In general, Vata types have the hardest time staying healthy with a vegetarian diet. However there are exceptions! Pitta Kapha people, on the other hand, often need less meat than they think.
Some recommendations for vegetarian based proteins sources include sunflower seeds, hemp seed, quinoa, mung beans, and tofu. Beans are an excellent source of protein in general but may provoke Vata. Cheese is a great protein source but is more difficult to digest and Kapha provoking.
Transitioning to a Vegetarian Lifestyle
Suddenly adopting a vegetarian diet can cause irreparable damage to intestines, and may cause nutritional deficiencies depending upon your body type. The transition to a vegetarian diet can take years, even generations. Forgive your body for these shortcomings. Even if your intentions are perfect, your body is still attached to the earth.
Start slow to keep your metabolism stable and cravings at a minimum. For example, trying cutting out red meat gradually (over a year). See how you feel. Try reducing the quantity and frequency of other meats slowly, instead of cutting them out 'cold turkey!' For example having a piece of chicken once a week and then once a month might be a more stable way to transition.
Vegans are vegetarians who don't eat dairy products or eggs. This diet is especially challenging to Vata individuals, and often healing for Kaphas. Taurine levels were found to be significantly lower in vegans, and may reduce bile acid pool.
Vegans are vegetarians who don't eat dairy products or eggs. Typically Pitta Kapha individuals are the best fit for a vegan diet. A vegan diet can be challenging to Vata and Kapha individuals, depending on the strength of their blood (rakta dhatu).
A vegan diet, because it is such a strict and austere diet, can degenerate into orthorexia, hypersensitivity, and anxiety over food choices.
Some individuals may find a vegan diet depleting. This can be especially true if you are a Vata predominant person living in a predominantly dry and cold climate. Taurine amino acid levels were found to be significantly lower in vegans. A vegan diet may also reduce the bile acid pool.
Some of the conditions that may indicate your body is overly depleted due to a vegan diet include:
Vitamin B deficiencies
For other individuals, a vegan diet may support health. There is research showing that a vegan diet may prevent heart damaging inflammation for example.
The intention behind adopting a vegan diet is often benevolent, however the consequences may be harmful. From an Ayurvedic perspective, it's important to consider whether your body can handle a vegan diet.
Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Vegetarian'.
Individual results vary depending the cause of your imbalance and by constitution.
Please research the ingredients below to find which are most helpful for you, and check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body.
The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care.
Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
WHAT IMBALANCES CAN IT CAUSE?
AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & BIOCHARACTERISTICS
'Vegetarian' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and biocharacteristics. If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics,
Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of 'Vegetarian'.
Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate.
Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and biocharacteristics are likely to accumulate in your body.
Once these doshas and biocharacteristics accumulate too much, they will begin to cause imbalance.
You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic by removing things that aggravate it
from your diet and lifestyle.
VEGETARIAN IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSE
Potential causes increase and disturb your imbalanced doshas and biocharacteristics,
causing them to accumulate and spiral out of control.
For example, if you're overheated and eat a chili pepper, heat may become excessive and cause disease.
As a dosha or biocharacteristic accumulates in your body according to your dietary and lifestyle habits,
it is more and more likely to cause disease.
You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic in two ways, by removing, or lessening the frequency of aggravating causes from your diet and lifestyle,
as well as by favoring balancing diet and lifestyle practices.
For example, try eating something as cool as a cucumber when you're overheated, instead of a chili pepper.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS
The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Vegetarian'.
See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type.
Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Biocharacteristics of the 13,417 People Reporting Vegetarian
On average the biocharacteristics
of people reporting Vegetarian were less aggravated than 96% of other symptoms.
From the 13,417 people who reported Vegetarian in this research study of 74,671 individuals,
average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:
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Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type,
which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths).
It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders.
Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder.
It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas).
For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc.
This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics.
By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened
and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease
are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies -
such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance
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Hi Kim, Thanks for sharing you experience. If order to offset Vata imbalances while being vegetarian, increase your oils and whole grains. Ghee is a great one! Lots of sweet potatoes, basmati rice, and hearty soups will all be helpful this time of year.