Imagine your food as a medicine, imagine your garden as your pharmacy and grocery cupboard as your medicine chest. Following the Ayurveda way of life can totally transform your relationship with food. We’ve all heard “you are what you eat”, what if there was more truth to it than you knew?
My relationship with food
When I was a teen, my relationship with food was unhealthy, it was like a drug. It was used to numb my heart and dull my mind when any aspect of my life felt out of control. I used to semi-starve myself, convinced I was showing great self-control when in actuality I was playing with fire. Letting my body waste away and potentially sowing the seeds for a variety of deadly diseases and illnesses in the future.
Like any typical teenager, I had issues with anxiety, trouble sleeping, with fears and doubts that now seem so silly. I had no idea that food as a medicine was a reality and could cure so many of my self-inflicted problems
Discovering Ayurvedic Foods
However, when I started Ayurvedic eating, my mental and physical condition changed almost overnight. I felt in control and empowered for the first time in a long time. Mentally and physically I was way better off..sharper, quicker and smarter. I had discovered the eating cure and I loved it, who knew about food as a medicine.
Eating Properly And Its Impact
Applying practical Ayurvedic guidance to my eating regime allowed me to overcome many of my physical health issues. It’s as if my kitchen and garden became my go-to doctor’s rooms, and my meals became my medicine chest, with food as a medicine. My acne cleared, my energy levels skyrocketed and my self-confidence grew day by day. Daily I learned to see food as a medicine.
The more I put into practice what I learned about following an Ayurvedic diet, the happier I found myself. I discovered that I wanted to be “more”, I wanted to live more healthily, treat my body more respectfully, and grow. I started doing more physical exercise and sharing what I had learned with friends and family. For the first time in a long time, I felt happy – not only physically but mentally too.
What You Put In, Is What You Get Out When It Comes to Food.
I came to realise that what you put in, really is what you get out. My entire outlook on life had changed. Wellbeing and contentment was no longer a project to work toward, but something I added to day by day. I saw daily how my daily food was my medicine
I’m now in a place where I have never been happier or more fulfilled, my friends ask me what my secret is and I tell them. You are what you eat. What you put into your body is what you are giving your body to work with.
It All Starts With What You Eat
For me, all my happiness, right across all levels begins with what I eat. As time has progressed and I’ve gone from being a young adult to a fully grown and functional member of society, I’ve never stopped learning about the Ayurvedic diet. And the diet is just the tip of the iceberg. Ayurveda is a blueprint for a full, rich and happy life.
The Diet That Isnt A Diet
I feel I need to mention that when I use the term “Ayurvedic Diet”, it is by no means a regimented eating plan like the western diet. There are no calory restrictions, or limitations other than those you choose to follow. It is a lifestyle that when adapted too, creates a balanced way of living that is easy to follow.
The Three Pillars Of Health and Food as a Medicine
Ayurveda teaches that along with balanced sexuality and sleep, food makes up one of the three sub-pillars of health. In Ayurveda these sub-pillars are called; upastambhas – and unsurprisingly food is the most important one of them. Chandogya Upanishad is an ancient spiritual text which emphasizes the purity of food, with its distinct ability to heal our body and mind.
In Ayurveda, the notion of food purity is fairly easy to understand. Pure, wholesome food is both medicinal food and nourishing, food that’s overly processed and undigestable becomes toxic in our bodies. This toxin is called Ama and is responsible for many physical and mental illnesses
Digestion Is As Important As Eating
Therefore, food is only healing to the point that we can process and digest it. This transforms it into the nutrients our body can use to create good health. We are not only what we eat, but more importantly what we digest.
Toxin Free Makes For Happy Living
Therefore, our aim is to keep our bodies free of toxins. We can experience a perfect digestion when we eat a pure and wholesome diet that is also medicinal. When we do our mind, intellect, and ego can start to become purified too, and we start to experience a calmer, clearer mind
And it is only with a calm, pure mind can we actually reach the ultimate goal of the science of Ayurveda, which is a spiritual freedom known as moksha. There is a famous Ayurvedic proverb: “When diet is correct, medicine is of no need; when the diet is incorrect, medicine is of no use.”
Hippocrates who was considered the father of modern medicine, similarly stated: “Make food thy medicine and medicine thy food.” Eating according to Ayurveda’s vast wisdom gives you food for your body, mind, and spirit. Wishing you much health and joy as you heal yourself with your diet.