Food Compatibility in Ayurveda: Eating Principles and Tips

When we follow simple Ayurvedic eating principles, we can restore our health, detox our body and even lose weight. Why? Because, Ayurveda teaches how to bring the body to a natural balance and harmony where there is no place for sickness and obesity.

The easiest way to start your health improvement process is to adjust your eating habits. Well, it may sound easy, but any food restriction is rarely welcomed. Nevertheless, the beauty of this system is that gradually you will like everything you do, because of the growing feeling of being healthy and full of energy. From my own experience I can say, that you will really like the simpler and more natural foods, you will be enjoying them, once your body becomes more balanced.

Now let’s start really low – from simple adjustments for food combinations you eat daily.

Ayurvedic Eating Principles and Rules

Food compatibility in Ayurveda1. Avoid taking milk and other dairy along with acidic fruit or citrus or other acidic foods.

2. Reduce the amount of starchy foods, including potatoes. They take so long to digest; often there are non-digested pieces, which create toxins (ama).

3. Avoid eating melons and grains together. Melons are digested quickly, while grains take much more time to digest. Combining them together at one meal may easily lead to a stomach upset. Better eat melons alone.

4. Never heat honey. Honey is digested very slowly, and if it has been heated before the consumption, the molecules present in honey, become non homogenized glue, which firmly attaches itself to the mucous membranes and clogs the subtle cell channels, leading to toxin accumulation. Heated honey is a poison.

5. Do not consume milk along with other protein-rich foods. Protein possesses warming properties, while milk cools, so they oppose each other, upsetting the Agni (the digestive fire), and creating ama (toxins).

6. Don’t eat milk and melon at the same time or at the same meals; although they both produce a cooling effect, milk is laxative and melon – diuretic; also milk requires more time for digestion. Furthermore, the action of hydrochloric acid in the stomach causes the milk to curdle. For this reason, Ayurveda advises not to use milk with sour fruit, yogurt, sour cream, sour jam, cheese, or other acidic products.

A Food Compatibility Diet According To Ayurveda: What to Eat On a Daily Basis?

Your daily diet should include the following:

1. 40-50% of well cooked rice (it can be Basmati, for example) or other grains, like wheat, barley, etc., depending on the on the constitution of the body and the season.

2. 15-30% is well cooked legumes (dhal, mung dal, mung bean, lentil, peas, and beans), 2-5% of vegetable soups, 1/2 teaspoon of pickles, or the like.

3. Ss much fresh fruit and vegetables, salads made of them (including their compatibility with other products) as possible.

These are the simple examples of the food compatibility diet in Ayurveda. If you follow an Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, you will not only improve your health, but will become a happier person as well, since this holistic system harmonizes the body and mind, making you feeling more satisfied with the life in general, and less stressed and worried. If you develop the right Ayurvedic eating habits, many diseases just go away on their own, so use this information for your benefit, and enjoy a healthier life.


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