I’ve been learning (slowly, very slowly) about Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the world’s oldest system of healing and originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is all about our connection to the elements in nature, and how we can achieve balance by following certain guidelines when making food choices.
In order to follow the guidelines, you need to know your body’s dosha, or body constitution. There are three doshas: Vata – Air, Pitta – Fire, and Kapha – Earth. I’m a Vata – see:
I perform activities fast.
I learn quickly and easily forget.
I can be indecisive.
I worry and am anxious a lot.
I have dry skin.
I am moody and emotional.
Plus I know I’m a vata cause I’m flighty like air.
There are many more descriptors, but I these are the most accurate (and least embarrassing).
The whole point is that certain foods can increase your dosha or take away from it, and it’s always a matter of trying to maintain balance. I dig it. Ayurvedic cookbooks are vegetarian and concentrate on tastes. There are six tastes that influence the three doshas, which then influence our overall well being.
There’s a ton more to learn about and what I’ve shared here is just a miniscule amount. Right now I’m trying to focus specifically on Ayurvedic herbs and I’ll let you know more as I discover new things.
For now, whip up a nice batch of this raw, vegan cashew cinnamon nut milk. It’s smooth and filling like regular milk would be, without the disgusting taste. This drink will decrease the vata (the female version of “vato?” as in, vatos locos?) in you and bring more balance through Pitta and Kapha.
If you are curious about your dosha learn more through Deepak Chopra.
This recipe, along with most of the info provided came from “The Tastes of Ayurveda” by Amrita Sondhi.
This is what Sondhi writes about this recipe (p.323):
This is a delicious, warming drink. Notice how it feeds your brain as well as your nadis (the energy circuits in your body). It is also calming when warmed up a little (do not boil) and consumed just before bed. Note: soak cashews 1-7 hours before making this recipe.
I love it! And it really is calming.
Cashew Cinnamon Nut Milk
1/2 cup soaked cashews
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons agave nectar (optional)
Drain and rinse cashews. Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.