The Body: The Environment

Common sense dictates that you eat when you are hungry and not just when the clock says it is dinnertime. Sometimes you might really crave some taste or particular food that you know is contrary to your needs. But you want it! This is a good, healthy sign that a certain element is low or lacking in your body’s chemistry. The longing for a certain taste or quality comes from the very cells of your body that have a need to be nourished in a specific way. The body hints at what it wants to eat. It is the mind that creates incorrect eating habits or ignores the body’s simple messages. These appetites come from the body’s innate desire for balance. Food selection is one way the body demonstrates its wisdom to maintain balance.

Eat What You Like
Ayurveda’s advice is to always eat well of fresh, deliciously prepared food that naturally pleases you. When you feel an urge to eat something that you know is not in your best interest, by all means enjoy a little of it. You do not have to deprive yourself, or wait until the weather changes, or the season, or until you have had a chance to consult a certain food chart.

Ayurveda is like a tender-hearted mother who never likes to say, No. Instead she says, Just taste a little.
In fact, the word No rarely is heard in authentic Ayurveda, because everything in creation that is not actually poisonous or dulling to your consciousness is good and useful at some time for someone. And except for a few things that really shouldn’t be eaten at certain timessuch as yogurt, cheese, and sour cream late at night, or such unhealthy combinations as milk cooked with salt, seafood, or meat, or equal parts of honey and ghee, foods cooked with honey, carbonated drinks with food, and tamasic foods (233)you should eat what pleases you. Eat just enough to satisfy your desire, then let it go.

The climate in which the food is grown and where you live also affects your diet when you follow the principle of similarities and differences. Foods grown in dry areas and deserts tend to have light qualities, while those grown in moist, warm areas have heavy qualities. To achieve balance when living in humid or moist climates, it is best to eat more of hot, dry, and light foods. And when living in dry places add many cooler and more oily, heavy foods to your diet.

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