Ever since my first introduction to Ayurveda in April, I have wanted to dig deeper. One of my teachers, an Ayurvedic specialist recommended Maya Tiwari’s book as a great next step. I’ve spent the last few weeks reading the book and exploring some of the recipes. I highly recommend it and give the book * * * * * (5 out of 5 stars).
Maya provides a rich historical context of Ayurveda, detailed explanations and examples of the doshas and tons of recipes. She has expanded my view of “sadhana” (daily practice) from the purely asana/meditation based to include my habits and day-to-day activities. Although I haven’t completely revamped my diet, I have made conscious small changes to put me on a the path to leading a life of balance.
As a Pitta Kapha I’ve made the following adjustments:
- Adding shredded coconut to my morning oatmeal and using maple syrup instead of sugar to sweeten it
- Substituting barley flour for half of the wheat flour in my baking
- Expanding my carbs beyond quinoa and brown rice to include barley and amaranth
- Adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee
- Limiting my use of honey if the food/drink is heated
- Limiting my mixing of cold/frozen and hot foods
- Drinking more water
- Including more turmeric in my diet (fresh turmeric tea and spices)
- Cooking with turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel
- Eating more mung beans
- Spending more time in quiet reflection outside
- Trying to wake up at the same time everyday (~ 6 am)