Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life and longevity.” The aim is to maintain the health of a healthy person and to heal any diseases or illnesses that arise (1). Ayurveda looks at the whole person and overall health when looking at the deeper roots of illness and disease. We don’t look at the symptoms for answers. We look at how a person is functioning in all aspects of their life. From its ancient roots in Vedic culture, Ayurveda is a science of self-healing that encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, rest, and medicinal herbs. Ayurveda is a way of healing and a lifestyle change to being in touch with your body, your food, and the present moment. Every aspect of your life contributes to your overall health. Poor health rarely only has one cause. Some aspects of our life we can dictate like our diet and exercise and some we cannot change such as the weather and seasons (2). Thus, we must use what we can control to help reduce or eliminate the impacts of what we cannot. In our lives today, many of us have become very imbalanced with low energy, health issues, chronic stress, and more. Ayurveda suggests beginning with your diet and slow, steady changes to affect your overall health.
Ten habits to avoid:
- Eating without real hunger
- Emotional hunger
- Drinking fruit juice or excess water or no water during meals
- Drinking cold or iced water any time
- Eating when emotionally distraught or constipated.
- Eating too early or too late in the evening
- Eating too many heavy foods (like fried foods) and too many light foods (like chips).
- Snacking between meals, except for fruits.
- Eating poor food combinations like dairy and grains together.
(1) Lad, Vasant. “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies.” Three Rivers Press, New York, New York; 1998. 254-255
(2) Lad, Vasant. Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2011. 282-283.