In 2011, while being a student at Kerala Ayurveda Academy, I was fortunate to meet my teacher Vaidya Mishra at Moksha Festival. I was accepted to be his intern and worked closely with him learning an SV Ayurveda Lifestyle, taking notes and pulse at the consultations. I learned how to design personalized diet and daily routine based on each person’s individual body constitution and imbalance. I adopted an Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet and recommend it to my clients during the sessions. I call myself an Ayurvedic Reflexologist.
General lifestyle recommendations:
- Never skip or delay meals
- Walk under the moonlight taking deep gentle breaths, walk under the moonlight by a body of water (ocean, river, lake, etc.).
- Go to bed by 9:30 pm. Disconnect Wi-Fi for the night.
General Dietary recommendations by SVA (Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda):
- Start your day with stewed apple or pear with 1-2 whole cloves per fruit followed by unprocessed whole grain cereal (oatmeal, quinoa, etc.). You don’t have to eat the cloves, it is just for the flavor.
- Favor lime instead of lemon.
- Avoid nightshades: potato, tomato, bell peppers, eggplants.
- Avoid larger beans such as Lima, Kidney, Pinto, Soy, etc.
- Favor yellow mung dahl, red lentils (massoor)
- Avoid garlic and onions
- Avoid bananas. Baby bananas are okay.
- Avoid flax seeds and flax flour as they are too heating.
- Avoid winter squashes. Favor summer squashes instead (zucchini, yellow squash).
- Avoid soy products and bi-products, such as tofu, soy milk and any other derivatives.
- Avoid processed food. No left-overs (do not eat yesterday’s meals). May eat for dinner what you had for lunch. Avoid food with preservatives. Avoid canned and frozen foods.
- Avoid sour acidic foods – avoid vinegar and bottled dressings.
- Replace coffee with green, white or herbal tea.
- Have some homemade organic probiotic yogurt or Natren live probiotic if dairy is not tolerated, daily, preferably at lunch time.
- Use appropriate spice mix for your body (consult with Ayurvedic practitioner).
- Include healthy fats such as olive oil or ghee. Avoid partially hydrogenated foods.
- Drink water with a good pH, obtained from a natural source, that has not been processed or filtered in any way, such as Fiji, Mountain Valley Spring Water or Evian.
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