5 Ayurvedic tips for healthy eating – no matter what your dosha is

Sometimes I feel stressed about what to eat. The reason is that I want my food to tick all the boxes: It needs to be fresh, seasonal, a good fit for my dosha and of course it needs to taste absolutely delicious too. And then, I am overthinking my food choices so much that I sometimes end up waiting for hours to eat anything and when I still didn’t make a decision, I end up eating something that does not really tick any of these boxes…

I feel that there is this big hype about „good“ and „bad” foods, superfoods, food lists and ingredients that are ideal for a certain dosha – so it does not really surprise that sometimes we freak out about it so much that we tend to forget about the basics of healthy eating.

But, what about the doshas?!

Yes, our diet plays a crucial role when we talk about health, wellness and finding our balance. Food is medicine and can be poison, too. And yes, your dosha does play an important role too!

BUT: There are other factors that are just as important as the food choices that we make. Actually, they are even more important. You don’t even need to know anything about Ayurveda or your dosha to start following them.

Ayurveda doesn’t like strict rules, it’s more about moderation. This can honestly be pretty hard for us to accept as we tend to looove to follow rules when it comes to food, right?

You know what they say: In Ayurveda it is not about what we eat, it is about what we digest. You can eat as many superfoods on this planet as you want – if your body can not digest them properly, there is no point really, right? And even if you cook the most balanced, fresh and seasonal meal for your dosha, it is not really ideal if you eat it at midnight while mindlessly scrolling through your phone.

Let’s take a step back…

So let’s put everything we know about doshas, superfoods, gluten and sugar to the side for a moment and let’s have a look at the base of the iceberg: the basic eating principles in Ayurveda. They are more about HOW we eat rather than about WHAT we eat. And no matter vata, kapha or pitta constitution: Those recommendations apply for everyone.

5 Ayurvedic tips for healthy eating

Here is my suggestion: Before we loose ourselves in overthinking about what to eat, let’s focus on how we eat first. Here are some basic ayurveda guidelines for eating that will support a healthy digestion.

Eat mindfully

One of the key principles in Ayurveda is mindful eating. Take the time to sit down and fully focus on your meal without distractions. Chew your food thoroughly to initiate the digestion process. Eating slowly and consciously enhances the absorption of nutrients and supports optimal digestion. Also: Only eat when you are really hungry.

Choose warm food

Ayurveda suggests consuming warm and freshly cooked foods over cold, raw or leftover meals. Eating warm or cooked foods is believed to stoke Agni, the digestive fire, making it easier for the body to process and extract nutrients from the food. Warm foods also require less digestive energy. Plus: Warm foods have a calming effect on the nervous system and are often considered comforting.

Leave some space

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of avoiding overeating as it can lead to digestive discomfort, overload the digestive system and therefore triggers the production of toxins. Pay attention to portion sizes and listen to your hunger and feeling of satiety. Try to stop eating when you are around 80 percent full. This may sound a bit tricky, but you will figure out your  capacity over time.

Find a routine

Oops, I said it. According to Ayurveda, you should allow your body to digest a meal completely before eating again. Usually this takes 4-6 hours – but let’s be honest: How often do we have sweets one hour after our last meal or snack without physically being hungry? Instead of snacking mindlessly, take a moment to revalidate your hunger and go for light, nourishing snacks like fresh fruits, soaked nuts or snacks made from whole ingredients.

Less snacks

Oops, I said it. According to Ayurveda, you should allow your body to digest a meal completely before eating again. Usually this takes 4-6 hours – but let’s be honest: How often do we have sweets one hour after our last meal or snack without physically being hungry? Instead of snacking mindlessly, take a moment to revalidate your hunger and go for light, nourishing snacks like fresh fruits, soaked nuts or snacks made from whole ingredients.

Of course there are way more suggestions about eating in Ayurveda and these tips are not complete. But they are a great point to start and to implement them in your daily routines – I hope they will support you!