The vegan diet has millions of followers around the world. A plant-based diet has been around for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. People go vegan for various reasons: to be healthier, to avoid the exploitation of animals, or to lower their carbon footprint.
In this course, we will examine the vegan diet from the perspective of Ayurveda and how it effects the body, mind, and spirit. We will learn about the three ayurvedic principles, or doshas, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We will discover the characteristics of the three main mind/body types determined by the three doshas and how the vegan diet affects them.
You will learn:
- what fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, oils and spices are the best for you based on your body type
- what you can do to customize the plant-based diet to your body type
- how to adjust your diet to seasonal changes
- what vegan foods to avoid to stay healthy
- what you need to do to keep your diet nutritionally complete
- whether tofu and coconut oil are really healthy for you
- which body type does the best on a plant-based diet.
No matter how healthy a diet is for one person, it’s not necessarily good for everyone all the time. Depending on one’s body type, and the weather or climate they live in, some adjustments may be necessary to achieve optimum health and long-term balance. This course will give you the basic understanding of the ayurvedic approach to foods and body types and how you can apply it to a plant-based diet.
In this segment from the “Diets and Doshas" series we look at three groups of foods from the perspective of Ayurveda. First, we examine the different types of vegan oils, including trans-fats, vegetables oils such as corn and canola, as well as olive and coconut oil, and discover which oils Ayurveda recommends. Second, we will discuss the importance of spices in Ayurveda and the different ways you can use them. Third, we will take a look at soy bean products such as tofu and soy milk and find out why you need to be careful about the type and amount of soy you eat.