Diet & Nutritional Coaching

Eastern Nutrition and Digestion

Traditional ChineseMedicine and Ayurveda are two of the ancient medicines that deal with the use of foods to create balance within mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. They teach that poor nutrition or consumption of incompatible food can give rise to diseases. When combined with others, certain foods can become very toxic for the body or difficult to digest. Undigested foods are the results of toxins accumulation in the body. These contaminants are sticky substances that lodge in the tissues. When aam or toxins house in a defective space, it is called (khavaigunya in Ayurveda) or a weak tissue, organ, or system. It transforms into a disease according to the stages of disease formation (samprapti). The consumption of the right diet or food combination promotes proper digestion, and helps prevent ailments, restores health, and balance.

The effectiveness of Ayurvedic nutrition is oriented toward an individual’s constitution, using a dietary regimen according to the classification of the six tastes, qualities, properties, and energetic effect on the doshas and their post-digestive effect on the tissues. It is essential to choose foods with opposite qualities for balance. Ayurveda also teaches that following a specific regimen is not a universal concept, not “one size fits all,” as every individual is unique in his/her body constitution; digestion is the basis of health.

Efficient digestion is essential for a healthy body, mind, and soul. A slow metabolism means the digestive fire is too low; consequently, it takes longer for the food to be absorbed. On the other hand, if the digestive fire is too high, the food will burn too quickly and give rise to ailments, such as acid reflux, heartburn, or other digestive issues. The proper function of Agni should always be within normal.

The metabolic function of every individual differs from one another. Certain factors, such as body constitution, time of the day, the season of the year, location, age of the individual, and eating patterns can also affect the digestive system. Ideally, lunch should be the main meal for the day and should be consumed between 12 noon – 2 p.m. When the heaviest or largest meal is consumed during that time of the day known as Pitta time; the digestive fire is at its peak to facilitate proper digestion. Late consumption of meals, meaning eating after 7 p.m., is not encouraged in Ayurveda because any late meal is poorly digested and may cause toxins to accumulate in the body. As a result, you may wake up feeling tired or feeling mucus in the throat due to toxins building up in the chest. A chart of incompatible foods is made available for references.

Incompatible Food Chart
Substances Incompatible With
Beans Cheese, curd, eggs, fish, fruits, meat and milk
Black gram soup Radish and jaggery
Chicken or meat Dairy products
Curd Cheese, eggs, fish, fruits, hot drinks, meat, milk, and nightshades
Eggs Cheese, beans, fish, fruits, milk, meat, and curd
Fruits Milk and curd
Ghee Kept in a bronze vessel for more than ten days
Grains Fruits and tapioca
Honey With an equal amount of Ghee; should not be cooked, boiled heated at a higher than 110 degrees Fahrenheit temperature
Jackfruit Fish or seafood
Lemon Cucumber, curd, milk, and tomato
Melon Melon alone or leave it alone.” Should not be eaten with other food
Milk Bananas, bread containing yeast, curd, cherries, melons, sour fruits, fish, salt and meat; drinking milk after eating radish or green leafy vegetables
Radishes Bananas, milk, and raisins
Tapioca Fruits, especially banana and mango, beans, raisins, and jaggery
Wine Curd and honey
Here are Some General Lifestyles and Diet Suggestions
  • Always eat in a settled atmosphere.
  • Do not eat if upset; emotional eating cause indigestion and weight gain
  • Always sit down to eat (don’t eat in front of a computer, television or while driving).
  • Only eat when hungry, eat at approximately the same time every day and do not skip meals.
  • Dine at a moderate pace. Don’t gulp down the food or eat too slowly.
  • Minimize raw foods, which are harder to digest than cooked.
  • Drink a small quantity of liquid with meals, preferably warm or at room temperature. Avoid cold or iced drinks with meals.
  • Include all six tastes (sweet, sour, astringent, bitter, salty and pungent) with each main meal.
Other tips:
  • Treat yourself an herbal or oil therapeutic bodywork at least once a month.
  • Enroll in a yoga or taichi class or exercise program according to your body type.
  • Watch less TV and be more active.
  • Avoid extreme anger and negativity thoughts or company.