• Saket Agarwal

Ayurveda and The Raw Food Diet

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

The word, Ayurveda, is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means "Knowledge of Life”. The way to deal with life includes tuning in to and tending to the interesting needs of your body, perceiving and adjusting your psychological and enthusiastic states and developing your association with your soul, your basic self.``


The raw food diet is based around the rule that eating a diet high in raw food will standardize and alkalize your body. This, in turn, associates the psyche with the body; hence, Ayurveda and the Raw Food diet are fundamentally the same as.



This article will hopefully provide a brief guidance on how you could connect the two in a way that is optimal to your health.

In Ayurveda, the idea is that you eat according to your ‘dosha’; vata, pitta and kapha.

Vata is composed of the elements of air and ether

Pitta is composed of the elements of fire and water

Kapha is composed of the elements of water and earth

Vata types are generally thin and find it hard to gain weight. Vatas need to get sufficient rest and not overdo things, as they can tire easily.

Pitta types are generally medium sized and well proportioned. They also tend to be intelligent, with a sharp wit.

Kapha types tend to have sturdy, heavy frames. They are prone to gain weight easily. They often tend to have a positive outlook on life.

So, what does this mean, and how does it apply to you?

In Ayurveda, it is believed that each person is governed by one dominant dosha and you should eat according to that dosha. However, this article is concerned with Ayurveda and Raw Food, so I will only mention the foods that coincide with both these diets.

Vata

Balances: Sweet fruits, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, grapes, melons, asparagus, beets, cucumber, garlic, radishes, zucchini.

Aggravates: Dried fruits, apples, cranberries, pears, watermelons, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, raw onions.

Pitta

Balances: Sweet fruits, avocado, coconut, figs, mango, prunes, sweet and bitter vegetables, cabbage, cucumber, okra, potatoes.

Aggravates: Sour fruits, berries, bananas, plums, oranges, lemon, pungent vegetables, garlic, onions.

Kapha

Balances: Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, mangoes, peaches, pungent and bitter vegetables, broccoli, celery, garlic, onion.

Aggravates: Sweet and sour fruits, bananas, coconut, melons, papaya, sweet and juicy vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes.

There are many suggestions in Ayurveda, which are very easily translated to a Raw Food Diet.

Such suggestions are:


Eat mainly seasonal fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains

Eat according to your constitution, or dosha

Fast for one day every two weeks

Establish a regular eating routine

Eliminate or limit caffeinated, carbonated and alcoholic beverages from your life

Drink herbal tea, fruit and vegetable juices