Thank you all for attending the first of the Ayurvedic Cooking workshops.   As I go I’ll get it more organized! I want these workshops to help you get more comfortable with Ayurvedic concepts. It really is about healthy habits to keep our bodies vital throughout our lifespan, and that begins with what food we choose to put in them.

So let me review what I tried to pass on as major points to begin cooking more in tune with your nature.

When to Eat?

Largest Meal — between the hours of 10 am-2 pm (remember this is Pitta’s time and it is all about digestion!)

Try to make your dinner meal throughout the winter about soups. A lighter evening meal helps the body sleep. If we have eaten a big meal inside of 4 hours before sleep the body is still digesting so sleep is not restorative!

Why did we eat the Cake first?

The order of what you eat can affect how efficiently the body digests. Sugars like cake or fruits digest quickly. So if you eat them last they sit on top of all the other food, fermenting, causing gas and bloat.

So it is best if you are going to have something sweet have it alone or first. My kids love backwards dinner!

What if I couldn’t figure out my Dosha?

This website has a lot of good supplies and a great test to help you figure that out. Remember think throughout your life or maybe even childhood to answer the questions.

Also eating to the season is most important. We are in the Vata season of cold and brittle winds and temps. So think root vegetables and soups.

How do I begin?

Included are the recipes. Start small and just start trying to add the six tastes (sour, sweet, salty, bitter, astringent, pungent) to every meal. The food references I love are:

101 Cookbooks

Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners by Amadea Morningstar

Eat, Taste, Heal, Right Now

If this has sparked you interest even more. I am starting to do Ayurvedic consults. The first one we find your dosha and put together a health habit plan to try for 40 days. That is the way I began this journey, and it has really helped me feel more vital and better able to take on the stresses of life. What could be better than that?

Please don’t hesitate to contact me I love talking about Ayurveda!

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