• Why Ayurveda Loves Healthy Fats
    • Food and Cooking
    • February 23, 2019
    Why Ayurveda Loves Healthy Fats

    In Ayurveda, healthy fats are valued for carrying herbs' effects deeper into the tissues. Check out this article to learn about the Ayurvedic "skinny" on fats. 

  • The Bliss of Chocolate
    • Food and Cooking
    • February 11, 2019
    The Bliss of Chocolate

    Comparing organic raw cacao and most commercial chocolate is like comparing a perfectly ripe, fresh, organic, wild blueberry with the synthetic chemical blueberry flavoring in a jelly bean. The processing and the toxic additives are not digestible and are lacking in prana, aggravate all three doshas, builds ama, and contributes to disease. But don’t despair. With a little education, you can learn how to use this wonderful food to your benefit.

  • Why We Use Food as an Energetic Buffer
    • Health and Wellness
    • January 18, 2019
    Why We Use Food as an Energetic Buffer

    When we reach for food during a moment of crisis, we are witnessing a confused attempt at love—an unintelligent craving based on intelligent underpinnings. 

  • The Benefits of Mindful Eating
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • November 19, 2018
    The Benefits of Mindful Eating

    To practice eating mindfully, take a deep breath and say a word of gratitude over your food. Now take your first bite. Put your eating utensil back down and rest your hands in your lap. If you are enjoying a sandwich or hand-held food, place it back on the plate. Sit and experience the taste on your tongue and the texture of the food in your mouth.

  • Ghee—Everything You Need to Know about Clarified Butter
    • Food and Cooking
    • September 04, 2018
    Ghee—Everything You Need to Know about Clarified Butter

    Ghee is a deliciously healthy fat that is highly revered in Ayurveda. In this article, we'll explore the history of ghee, as well as its many benefits and uses.

  • The Truth about Ayurvedic Food Combining
    • Food and Cooking
    • May 29, 2018
    The Truth about Ayurvedic Food Combining

    Ayurveda teaches us that our gut health is a determining factor of our overall health, and it’s important to learn how to keep our agni, or digestive fire, strong and efficient. Our agni is a big soup of acid, bile, and enzymes that help transform food into usable energy. Maintaining a balanced agni translates into better digestion, elimination, and immune function.

  • Why Every Meal Should Have All 6 Tastes
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • March 27, 2017
    Why Every Meal Should Have All 6 Tastes

    The saying “You are what you eat” takes on increased importance in Ayurveda, which teaches that food affects you both physiologically and psychologically. To be more Ayurvedic, we can modify this saying to “You are as healthy as the tastes you consume.” Everything you eat has a certain taste and that taste has specific actions on the body and mind.

  • Are You Gluten-Free? You Might Not Have To Be...
    • Food and Cooking
    • February 28, 2017
    Are You Gluten-Free? You Might Not Have To Be...

    Removing wheat from the diet may offer only a temporary fix for a more complex problem—a compromised digestive system. I’ve seen decades of patients telling me they felt better initially without wheat, but within a few weeks or months, the digestive distress, bloat, weight, fatigue, and brain fog would all come back. It is time we stop treating the symptoms and address the cause. It is time we stop treating the symptoms and address the cause.

  • Has Wheat Been Found Guilty Without a Fair Trial?
    • Health and Wellness
    • January 16, 2017
    Has Wheat Been Found Guilty Without a Fair Trial?

    Has gluten been found guilty without a fair trial? Is it possible that we have wrongfully given gluten the boot as well, along with dairy and other commonly allergenic foods such as eggs, soy, corn, fish, and nuts?

  • Brain Food—Ayurvedic Diet Tips for Strengthening Memory
    • Health and Wellness
    • August 09, 2016
    Brain Food—Ayurvedic Diet Tips for Strengthening Memory

    When the mind is functioning optimally, you have a keen sense of awareness, a sharpness of focus and attention, good memory recall, and decisiveness. According to Ayurveda, most memory problems are related to kapha dosha, with its dense qualities, thick, soft, and sticky qualities.

  • Get Blood Sugar Back in Balance with Ayurveda
    • Food and Cooking
    • May 11, 2016
    Get Blood Sugar Back in Balance with Ayurveda

    Unbalanced blood sugar is a concern for modern medicine today, and was a familiar subject to the Ayurvedic sages of the past. Ayurveda may offer some support or relief to the person.

  • An Ayurvedic Pizza Party
    • Food and Cooking
    • May 02, 2016
    An Ayurvedic Pizza Party

    Monica B is throwing an Ayurvedic pizza party and invites three guests; vata, pitta, and kapha. How will they build their plates?

  • 10 Ways to Eat for Your Ideal Weight
    • Food and Cooking
    • February 03, 2016
    10 Ways to Eat for Your Ideal Weight

    In Ayurveda, strengthening digestion is crucial to achieving and maintaining your ideal weight. Digestion has been strengthened for thousands of years with great success through the use of herbs, yoga postures, breathing techniques, and diet. Here are ten basic tips to help you improve your digestion.

  • Feeling Stressed? Simplify Your Diet
    • Food and Cooking
    • January 15, 2016
    Feeling Stressed? Simplify Your Diet

    Ayurvedic healers believe that our levels of stress are directly connected to our diet. They hold out the promise that if we improve our diet, we can reduce our stress. At the heart of this conviction is the critical principle of Ayurvedic medicine that many diseases can originate in the digestive system. This means that your diet is of the utmost importance to keeping you healthy. Indeed, you may even find yourself in a double bind.

  • Eat Sweet First to Manage Weight
    • Food and Cooking
    • October 28, 2015
    Eat Sweet First to Manage Weight

    According to Ayurvedic principles, the sweet taste should come first. In fact it’s important to try to get all six tastes into our diet each day—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. 

  • Ayurveda in the Workplace: Hey! What's For Lunch?
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 21, 2015
    Ayurveda in the Workplace: Hey! What's For Lunch?

    If your lunch is usually a stressful scramble to find something to eat, it's time for a reset. Here's how to avoid the common pitfalls and make your lunchtime awesome.

  • One Simple Act That Turns Food Into Medicine
    • Food and Cooking
    • September 22, 2015
    One Simple Act That Turns Food Into Medicine

    In Ayurveda, every food can be considered medicine, neutral, or poison, depending on how it affects agni, or our digestive capacity. Eating more slowly can help you become aware of your food allies—or discover those that are not.  Here are a few suggestions.

  • Change Your Life by Changing What's on Your Plate
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • August 03, 2015
    Change Your Life by Changing What's on Your Plate

    Ayurveda and Yoga, given as sister sciences thousands of years ago, help us find balance in our lives, bodies and minds. In modern times, when we are pulled from one urgent task to the next, find relief in “vegging out” and eat for convenience, these ancient teachings of balance have never been more relevant.

  • Why You Shouldn't Add Those Cucumbers to Your Lemonade
    • Food and Cooking
    • July 29, 2015
    Why You Shouldn't Add Those Cucumbers to Your Lemonade

    Learn why cucumber lemonade is not the perfect drink to cool off with. According to Ayurvedic food combining, there is an even better summer tonic option.

  • Saying Farewell to Leftovers
    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • July 24, 2015
    Saying Farewell to Leftovers

    I remember the day I got the lowdown on leftovers from one of my Ayurveda teachers. “They’re a no-no”, he said, if we want optimal digestion. And let’s face it, Ayurveda is all about digestion.

    Truth be told, I already knew this. I just didn't want to believe it.

    This still makes me a little sad. Reheated lasagna or pizza for lunch or dinner back in the day used to be a treat. No meal planning or cooking meant less time in the kitchen, which is always fine with me.

    Unfortunately, once food has been cooked, cooled and then re-heated, the prana (life force) has left the food, and our bodies have to work much harder to digest it.

  • The Truth About Caprese Salad
    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • July 20, 2015
    The Truth About Caprese Salad

    Caprese salad is one of those things that I just fell in love with, especially during the summer. It’s cool and savory, combined with the sweet burst of juice from the tomatoes. But, then I started to notice that it did not settle as well as it tasted. The effects were subtle—a little bit of indigestion, just a touch of cramping. These were slight enough that I barely took note of it.

  • How to Eat Summer's Favorite Fruit (Watermelons!): ALONE!
    • Food and Cooking
    • July 03, 2015
    How to Eat Summer's Favorite Fruit (Watermelons!): ALONE!

    Summer is finally here! That means it is time for beach trips, pool parties, picnics, and barbeques! Finally we get to fulfill that yearlong desire to just bask in the sun. But rarely will you see any summer gathering without the summer time favorite fruit—a nice, round, juicy watermelon is likely waiting for you. 

  • When to Wine?
    • Health and Wellness
    • June 10, 2015
    When to Wine?

    Whether it’s a bottle of wine shared with friends at dinner, or a glass of wine by yourself, Ayurveda has insight to share on just "when" to wine.

  • Ayurveda Does Not Say No, It Says How
    • Food and Cooking
    • May 21, 2015
    Ayurveda Does Not Say No, It Says How

    One of the concerns that people often share is that living an Ayurvedic lifestyle will not allow them to enjoy their favorite foods. Nothing could be further from the truth! 

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Food and Cooking

Ayurveda places great importance on promoting healthy digestion and elimination. This is partially because, when our digestion runs smoothly, our body can put more energy towards other areas that need its attention.

In Ayurveda, digestion is about much more than what we eat—we also digest thoughts, emotions, and experiences through an important part of the body called agni, or digestive fire.

To keep our agni functioning at its best, Ayurveda recommends eating seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables, and encourages us to take the doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) into consideration when planning meals.

  • A vata-balancing diet often focuses on warm, nourishing, and grounding foods.
  • By contrast, a pitta-balancing diet usually includes foods that are more energetically cooling and soothing.
  • A kapha-balancing diet might incorporate more foods that are hot, invigorating, and light in nature.

For more detailed dosha-specific tips and recommendations, visit our Ayurvedic Diet guide, which details the ins and outs of Ayurveda’s approach to discovering the best and most supportive foods according to one’s constitution, state of balance, time of year, and more.

From savory dishes to healthful desserts, Ayurveda has meal options for just about anyone. For more inspiration, be sure to check out our master list of Ayurvedic recipes, as well as the latest recipes on the blog.

How These Blogs Can Support Your Cooking Goals

This collection of blog posts is dedicated to teaching you about Ayurvedic cooking through easy-to-follow articles and videos. Written by Ayurvedic chefs, experts from the Ayurvedic community, and passionate and experienced members of our own staff who love creating and sharing tips for easy cooking the Ayurvedic way, these blogs will help you gain a better understanding of what goes into prepping and planning meals that will best support your overall health.

These blogs will cover a wide variety of topics that are key to understanding Ayurveda’s philosophy on cooking the most balancing meals for you, including:

  • How to stay in balance during certain times of year with the right food choices.
  • Why some food combinations are more compatible than others.
  • The importance of including all six tastes (bitter, sweet, astringent, pungent, salty, and sour) in each meal when possible.
  • How to prepare food ahead of time to make cooking easier and support your overall health.
  • Why Ayurveda recommends against ingesting certain things that are popular in our modern culture (like ice water or leftovers!).
  • How what you eat affects your immune system and other areas of the body.
  • Ayurvedic perspectives on various foods and drinks (from fermented foods to honey, milk, apple cider vinegar, and coffee.)
  • How your mood and attentiveness can impact the way you prepare and digest food.

We know that in today’s modern world, the hustle and bustle of daily live can make cooking every day seem challenging—let alone cooking with fresh, seasonal veggies. However, by visiting this page, you’re taking a huge step in learning how to plan, prep, and cook delicious Ayurvedic meals with grace and ease from your very own kitchen.