Ayurvedic Nutrition

Ayurvedic Nutrition

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Author: Vaidya Atreya Smith
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 338
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788120835375


Every day, increasing numbers of people are turning to the ancient health system of Ayurveda to restore balance and well-being in their lives. While it is easy to implement Ayurveda, its concepts and Sanskrit terms are often confusing.

In Ayurvedic Nutrition, however, Atreya has written the most accessible book on Ayurveda to date. For anyone who has struggled with one-size-fits-all diet fads, this book offers a welcome relief with its comprehensive approach to nutrition adapted to your unique body type.

Beginning with a self-test to determine your specific metabolic and psychological profile, the book emphasizes the importance of balance among all levels of the healing process - mind, body, and spirit.

It then presents clear guidelines for choosing foods and making lifestyle choices to support a natural, healthy state and avoid those practices that disrupt natural metabolic balance. Ayurvedic Nutrition then provides a profile-specific, flexible 21-Day Plan to incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes sensibly.

Most important, the Ayurvedic approach takes into account the many factors ignored by other programs that determine an optimal state of harmony and health for each individual. Drawn from the authors twenty-five years of practicing natural medicine, the book is highlighted by case studies, which illuminate the healing and balancing powers of Ayurveda. From weight loss to the reversal of disease, the programs outlined in this practical and inspirational book will help anyone recover natural rhythms and restore inherent balance.


"Atreya Smith is one of the most notable and creative writers on Ayurveda today."
--- Dr. David Frawley "

“Ayurvedic Nutrition opens up the world of Ayurveda and its invaluable wisdom to everyone - from novices to those who have been practicing for some time."
--- Dr. Deepak Chopra

"I am inspired by your highly practical approach and your efforts to bring Vedic concepts to the West in its totality, without diluting it. I am amazed by your ability to express Ayurveda in the most holistic way."
--- Dr. Vijay Srinivasamurthy, Head of Faculty, Ayurvedic medicine Wellpark College of Natural Therapies.

"Vaidya Atreya Smith is known to me as one of the few authentic western experts in the field of Ayurveda. His presentation of Ayurvedic material, in his books as well as his teaching material, forms a valuable contribution to the study of Ayurveda..."
--- Coen Van Der Kroon, MA Director of Academy of Ayurvedic Studies, NL

"...it is always a pleasure for me to find a work on Ayurveda that eschews pomposity, and seasons its prescriptions with the levity of wit. I enjoyed Ayurvedic Nutrition for its topically, for its focus on providing readers with tools for transformation, and above all for its tone. Even on topics where his convictions are decided and deeply held, such as the wisdom of eliminating meat from one's daily diet.."
--- Dr. Rebert E. Svoboda, In his Foreword


Preface to the 2010 edition
Foreword by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda

1. Why Use an Individual Approach to Nutrition?
2. What Type of Person are You?
i. Simple Questions to help you Determine your type
3. The “ABC” of Ayurvedic Nutrition
II. The ABC of Nutrition
III. Physiological Profiles
IV. Psychological Profiles
4. The Principles of Constitutional Nutrition
V. Your Genetic Code and How it Affects the Food you Digest
VI. The Six Primary Combinations
5. Avoid Disaster – Learn How to Eat
VII. How you Eat Begins the Digestive Process- for Good or Bad
6. How to Avoid the Dangers of Dieting and Food Facts
VIII. The Myths of Labeling
IX. Dangers of Dieting
7. Food According to Your Metabolism
X. Eat According to Your Metabolic Capacity
XI. Raw vs. Cooked / Liquid vs. Whole Foods
8. Descriptions of Food Groups
XII. Fruits
XIII. Vegetables
XIV. Grains
XV. Beans (legumes)
XVI. Nuts and Seeds
XVII. Dairy Products
XIX. Animal Products
XX. Seafood
XXI. Sweeteners
XXII. Spices
XXIII. Beverages
XXIV. Vitamins and Minerals
9. Why Eat a Low Protein Diet?
XXV. Protein Content of Common Foods
XXVI. The XYZ of Ayurveda
10. Poisoned Food
XXVII. How Environmental Pollutants in food Affect Hormone
XXVIII. Function in Men and Women
11. How to lose weight permanently by Increasing Metabolic Function
XXIX. Explanation of Digestive Problems and Metabolic Malfunctions
XXX. How to Correct the Metabolism
XXXI. Eliminating Fatigue and Increasing Performance through Food
12. Lifestyle as Nutritional Support
13. Dietary Supplements – Myths, Facts and Traditions
XXXII. Myths of Marketing Supplements
XXXIII. Supplements that your body can
XXXIV. Actually Assimilate
14. Increasing Immunity through diet
XXXV. Dietary Support to Immunity
15. Descriptions of Foods by Constitution
16. The 21 Days Plan to Feel Better
XXXVI. Plan for the Vata People
XXXVII. Plan for the Pitta People
XXXVIII. Plan for the Kapha People
XXXIX. Plan for the Dual Type People
17. Improve the Quality and Length of Your Life
The Difference between Biochemical and Ayurvedic Nutrition
Biochemical View Follows a Mechanical Model
Ayurvedic view follows a Mind / Body Model