How Ayurveda and a Plant-Based Diet Can Work Together
lthough the Ayurvedic diet is not strictly vegan or vegetarian, it does encourage us to adopt a more vegetarian diet.
However traditionally many Ayurvedic recipes include ghee (clarified butter) and dairy milk. Ghee is also used for many Ayurvedic treatments and healing.
Like most traditions and teachings there are certain elements that change over time and adapt to current day situations. The ways we now produce milk in our modern world is very different to 5,000 years ago when Ayurveda was first practiced.
Ayurveda is about living in harmony with nature and not exploiting it. It encourages you to live sustainably by eating seasonally and either locally produced, fresh or home grown.
So this tends to lead us towards a plant focused diet.
And from a Yoga perspective, we are practicing ‘Ahimsa’ – which is often translated as non-harming or non-violence, one of the ‘Yamas’ from the Eight Fold Path (Ashtanga) in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, by switching to a plant-based lifestyle.
I recommend reading this blog if you want to learn more about how Yoga & Ayurveda can help you lead a more sustainable life, .
Over the last few years I have been gradually reducing my meat consumption and I have never really been a dairy fan.
Being Japanese, seafood is my weakness, but in September 2020 we switched to a fully plant-based diet. We were a bit concerned about getting a balanced diet so had a couple of sessions with a lovely plant based nutritionist to get some handy pointers, recipes and reassurance.
For me this has been easier than I thought it would have been. That may be because of lockdown – without having to walk past tempting sushi restaurants!
There are many good reasons to either start reducing the amount of animal products in your diet or cutting them out completely and to start increasing your plant and vegetable consumption – you can save money for a start!
Here are my top three:
1) It’s good for your health
2) It’s good for the environment
3) It’s good for your soul