| †Holistic Food FAQs
What is holistic food?
Holistic Food is food in itsí original state as found in Nature. Holistic food is unprocessed, without additives, without any artificial enrichment or fortification.
Holistic Food is food that nourishes and rejuvenates a person as a whole, providing benefits to the body, the mind and the soul. Holistic food retains itsí natural properties throughout the course of preparation.
What are the benefits of holistic foods?
In their natural state, foods are comprised of the 5 basic elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space, each of which is essential to a person's health. In holistic food, there are some active as well as passive components, which balance each other. As the saying goes, "let my food be my medicine."
- Nourish and balance the Body, the Mind and the Spirit
- Strengthen the immune system
- Prevent chronic illnesses
- Provide medicinal qualities that rejuvenate and heal the body
What is the difference between conventional and Ayurvedically balanced food?
Conventionally balanced food provides the correct proportion of macronutrients and micronutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Ayurvedically balanced food provides the correct proportion of the 5 basic elements, thereby balancing hot/cold, moist/dry and light/heavy qualities. Ayurvedic food creates balance through a flavorful combination of the six tastes into a delicious meal.
What makes AyurFoods taste so good?
Ayurfoods is based on Ayurvedic theory of correct combination of six tastes. The spice mix in Ayurfoods is the wisdom Dr. Apte learnt from her grand mother. So, the unique taste has a history of generations.
What are Ayurvedic guidelines about eating?
- Eat three meals and zip your lips in between
- Eat at right times Ė Break fast around 7.00 am , lunch around noon and dinner around 6-7.00 pm
- Respect the food you will be eating
- Sit Down and eat. Enjoy eating. Donít eat on the run, or watch TV or work on the computer while eating.
- Donít just eat raw foods. Eat freshly cooked food.
- Eat with proper frame of mind. Be happy when you eat, not depressed, worried, angry or sad. You may ingest those emotions with food, and it will not be digested well.
- Eat enough quantity that you feel full. Donít eat less, you may end up eating in couple of hours, or donít eat too much. It will create indigestion and you will feel lethargic.
- Take time, chew food longer. You will enjoy it more.
- My Doctor recommends eating small frequent meals Ė ( 5-6 times a day). Why does Ayurveda recommend eating only three meals?
- Eating three meals a day and zipping the lips in between is the perfect way of eating. It takes about 5-6 hours to go thruí all stages of digestion. If we eat before, food stays undigested, causes gas, bloating and, discomfort. Instead of eating smaller meals, we should eat enough to feel full, so we donít feel hungry soon.
Why is food so important?
All tissues in the body are energy reserves. Every moment of our life we are utilizing energy, as this energy is utilized, it needs to be replenished to maintain the reserves. Body creates energy from the food we eat. So it is important to eat good quality food, well cooked food. As the saying goes ďLet my food be my medicineĒ.
Why do we have to eat fresh food?
Fresh food has life energy called Prana. Prana is a healing energy. Processed foods may have calories, but absolutely no Prana. If it doesnít have healing energy, how can it heal us? It also is loaded with preservatives, additives, colorings which may not be good for our system.
We are so busy, how can we cook fresh?
It is not that we donít have time, its not our priority, so we canít make time. Once we understand the fresh food is absolutely critical for our health, we will make time. Ayurfoods is the best solution for health conscious people like you, who are busy but want to eat well. With Ayurfoods, you can cook fresh food in minutes.
I heard that different constitution people have to eat differently? Please explain.
Yes, it is true. Ayurveda is not ďone size fits allĒ philosophy. Certain qualities in foods balance different Doshas. For example Ė Kapha people (heavy weight) have to eat light, warm and dry foods. Such as toasts, baked, grilled or broiled meats and vegetables, and more spices. Pitta people have to eat more cooling foods, salads, fruits, fewer spices and drink plenty of water. Vatas do best on moist and warm foods such as soups, stews, pasta with sauce, herbal teas etc.
Subtle qualities in foods balance Doshas and prevent many diseases. But, there are certain foods that are ideal for all Body Constitutions, called Tridoshic. Ayurfoods are tridoshic, so are good for anybody and everybody.