I'm a little over two weeks into my Ayurveda journey. The main focus this month is to adjust my diet in order to pacify my Vata imbalance. The first week was tough, and I went through about 5 days of headaches and a little bit of fatigue. My body was definitely adjusting to me not having coffee, breads, and sugar products. I contacted Jessie, my Ayurveda therapist, and she advised me that my body can become more aware and sensitive. If it's causing me stress to completely avoid certain foods and beverages from my diet, then in Ayurveda it is suggested that a little of these foods are okay. With that, I've been having a small amount of coffee, only after I've already eaten, and only every 2-3 days.
The most difficult part has been figuring out what foods I can eat, and those that should be avoided. I am focusing on pacifying a vata imbalance, therefore need to avoid foods that will aggravate it. For breakfasts, I've been eating warm, milky meals, with ripe fruit (porridge, oatmeal, cream of wheat). Lunch and dinner usually consist of rice (basmati), whole wheat pastas, root vegetables, chicken, fish, and a lot of soup. No potatoes, gassy or raw vegetables, and nothing that is cold, crunchy/dry, bitter or astringent. I am favouring foods that are warm, oily, heavy, sweet and salty. This sounds backwards doesn't it? It's not a weightloss plan, but with me cutting out all the snacking and late-night cravings, I imagine I will shed a few pounds. The oils and sweets that I eat are not what you think. Everything should be healthy and unrefined, like avocado, coconut and olive oils. Sweet refers to things like honey, maple syurp, ripe fruits (bananas), and brown sugar. Instead of coffee, I've been drinking a lot of herbal teas- usually tulsi, as recommended by Jessie. It's actually delicious.
I'll be honest, when I see that bag of dill pickle chips sitting in my pantry, I am tempted to take a handful. And when I wake up I do miss the ritual of preparing and enjoying my coffee. Although, as the days pass, I'm trying not to focus on what I can't eat, and it is getting easier to recognize what I can eat. It's just that it's almost the opposite of what my daily meals consist of, so it takes some getting used to. I'm enjoying learning so far, and that's what these past couple of weeks have been focusing on. I've been reading a lot on Ayurveda, and I'm excited about the other aspects that are involved...
... oh, and only two more weeks until my Abhyanga massage (I'll tell you more about that later).