Ayurveda Diet Update

 
Maybe you remember back in November, I mentioned I was dwelling into the world of Doshas? Maybe you wonder how it all went?
Well, I learned a thing or two from it and I will begin with the things that Ayurveda has helped me with and which lessons I've taken with me from the journey.
 
(OBS: Put in mind that my opinions are only based on a ~2 months experience. Personally I believe you should stick to a diet longer than that for true results.)
 
1. Listen to Your Body - No brainer, but the whole idea of Doshas and how your superior Dosha differs from seasons to age, and even the time of the day is a lesson learned in feeling out yourself and your body. So when you follow this simple step you will understand why your body thrives on juicy, sweet and cooling foods in the summer, and why it may like the warm and heavier foods in the winter. This brings you closer to yourself and the Universe in general.
 
2. Letting Yourself Feel What You Feel - I noticed pretty quickly the fire I had in yoga during the summer and early fall developed into something more slower and deeper during winter.
I've mostly stopped my immense training that I used to do, to only doing Yin yoga and a lot of meditation. And it's been okay if not even great going inwards. It's the season, it's my body, the fire will come back, I trust myself enough to take this break, gain some weight and focus on the inside for while. It all has just taught me how to be more grounded.
 
3. The Power of Herbs & Neem - I'm not a big fan of supplements, especially not commercial ones or lifetime-takers. But I do think that if you're feeling unbalanced during a period in your life, it's better to turn to some natural remedies of dried herbs in pellet-form. These will not disturb your body by putting foreign objects like the chemical stuff you buy at the drugstore - Book to read: The Healing Code.
My problem seems to have something to do with the digestive track and/or being hormonal. Because diet didn't seem to cut it I figured I'd take help from some Ayurvedic herbal remedies. Together with Triphala I used Guduchi & Neem for regulate the liver and eliminate toxins - excess hormones are taken care of by the liver. Later I switch to Neem & Sarsparilla which helps for healthy skin and the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
There was a significant change in my skin after a month that also lasted off the pill. I still believe Guduchi & Neem was the most powerful one, that gave me detox symptoms in the form of headache and lethargy.
 
And now to the things that I felt did not do it for me...
 
1. The Dosha Diet (subjective) - I tried eating after Pitta for about 2 months very strictly, but it just didn't work for me.
My troubles didn't seem to pass by avoiding carrots, beets and my staple the banana. I actually felt much better when incorporating them back into my diet! But as said before, following the dosha diet objective, looking at the whole picture, goes along fine. I just don't think too much bananas was the devil of my problems. But this could also be because a Pitta-diet is mostly made for the summer.
Now I did agree upon less spice the better for my tummy. And even though arugula is no match for spinach, I did find it making my skin glow somehow more.
 
2. Ghee - It was kind of my way of showing how deep I was ready to try Ayurveda. I didn't cook or eat any other dairy products except for eggs occasionally. In the beginning I thought I saw some benefits, but in the end I don't believe I will make another batch of this. I still think it's just as a good cooking fat as Coconut oil, it's one of the more stable ones so if you're okay with dairy this one should be used. But I have always been pretty much against all kinds of dairy since I was a child (but I'll admit that cheese in my eyes is another artifact...). Just because it's "clarified" doesn't make it Not from another animals breast - iow: not for humans to consume. So in the end, I wasn't that impressed by it.
 
3. Wrong Food Combining - This is not a strike to Ayurveda itself but the book I was following. I think I mentioned this when posting one of the breakfast recipes in the book. Ayurveda in general educate in proper food combining, which is actually an important part of a healthy Ayurvedic diet. So I was a bit sad that they didn't put emphasis on this in the book, because I believe this is one of the things that would help Swedes make better food choices.
If you don't want to change your diet, change the way you eat it.
 
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Short review of the book: It's one of the few books that I have that actually delivers good recipes. Me and my hubby loved all the curry dishes! I also was very pleased to see simple DIY spice mixes and find a few raw food recipes even though they were high fat. I do think this book teaches you the basics of how to incorporate Ayurveda in Sweden, and doing things from the ground.
 
+ I also wanted to add that I got very into Ayurvedic skincare after ones dosha. And maybe this was the most profound thing that helped my skin. By identifying myself as Pitta I learned that my skin is very sensitive and so is my body and mind. If I get upset it will upset my stomach and will then show off on my face. Same thing happens when I upset my stomach with the wrong types of foods. We often times don't see stress in the form of food or what we apply on our bodies. But this lesson taught me to lean towards more gentle and milky cleansers, and also indulge in cooling and moisturizing oils; keeping it simple as possible. Just doing this alone has helped my skin be less irritated and less acne-prone. But what I did feel at the end was that this isn't just something "Pitta's" should do. We all have different grades of sensitivity, but we all should treat ourselves, our bodies, our skin with kindness. Like the gentle glass vase we are. 
 
Do you eat or have you ever tested eating according to Ayurveda?
Any similar or right opposite thoughts on my opinions?
I'd be thankful if you shared!

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