Dosha-Friendly Lunches: Ayurvedic Tips for a Productive Work Day
Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health and wellness that originated in India over 5,000 years ago.
According to Ayurveda, there are three different doshas:
- and Kapha.
Each person has a unique combination of these doshas, influencing their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. And should eat breakfast,lunch and dinner according to your Ayurveda.
In this article, we will discuss how to adjust your lunch to your dosha, with examples of food and recipes..
We will focus on Ayurveda lunch at work, the day’s most important meal in Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda, lunch is the most important meal . It is also the largest meal, larger than dinner. Ideally this is a hot meal.
This is because the time of day at noon is Pitta time (11am to 3pm).
This means that the fire burns optimally and the digestion is at its highest! It is therefore best to digest at this time without becoming heavy or tired.
Avoid eating when you are sad or angry and do not talk while eating to prevent swallowing too much air.
Eat with attention, use all your senses when you eat: look, smell, taste, feel(!)
Golden rule: fill your stomach during a meal 1/3 with food, 1/3 with drinks and leave it empty for 1/3. That’s the ideal meal!
For Vata: lunch should be similar to breakfast, with regularity being the most important factor. It is advisable to eat something warm, such as soup.
For Pitta: lunch should be a good meal, as they have a strong digestive system. However, avoid greasy or fried foods that can cause stomach problems.
For Kapha: it is crucial to not overeat and stick to an average-sized lunch. Warm food or soup is preferable.
- A great Ayurvedic recipe for lunch is Kitchari, a mix of mung beans and basmati rice. This rice is easy to digest and can balance all three doshas. Adding herbs and vegetables recommended for your dosha can make it even better.
This provides a good combination of proteins and can be used for all three constitutions.
- Vegetable dishes are always good and healthy, but raw vegetables are not recommended in Ayurveda.
Meal salads are not ideal for Vata as they can cause bloating. Kapha can handle it better, while Pitta should avoid it in the summer.
- Try chapatis made from spelled flour or wheat to give the bread a place in Ayurvedic lunch.
Drinks During Lunch Time
- Ginger tea and
- Lassi are excellent drinks to aid digestion.
If you still crave something sweet, try a date and use all six flavors in your meal.
Lunch At Work Recipes According To Your Dosha
Below are a number of lunch recipes tailored to the three doshas.
You understand that if you vary with other types of fruit, herbs or flours you can also use these different recipes for other constitutions.
So experiment and vary as much as you want!
Here are some lunch recipes ideas for each dosha:
- Vata: pumpkin puree with hazelnuts
- Pitta: Indian curry Aviyal
- Kapha: simple cabbage dish
In my expert opinion, Ayurveda teaches us to listen to our bodies and eat according to our unique dosha.
By following these ayurveda lunch at work recommendations and trying out different recipes, you can restore balance to your constitution and improve your overall health and well-being.