Ayurveda and food: 5 basic rules

Veröffentlicht: 21. February 2023

The Indian hygienics Ayurveda is based on three energies, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the so-called Doshas. They are the three pillars of health and exist in every organism. All three Doshas should stay in balance all the time. In this way, long-term well-being and health for body and mind can be reached.

Apart from yoga, massages and further body treatments, nutrition is an important part of Ayurveda. A conscious Ayurvedic nutrition helps to keep the energies balanced. When eating Ayurvedic food, the following 5 basic rules should be followed.

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Ayurveda and food: 5 important basic rules

Only eat when you are hungry: We often feel the desire to eat, even though we are not hungry. Boredom is another reason why many people grab snacks in-between. According to Ayurveda, you should only eat when you feel hungry. The length of the intervals between the meals should ideally be between 3 and 5 hours. During this period, the body can digest the previous meal.

Warm and freshly prepared dishes play a central role in the Ayurvedic nutrition. Grilled bananas, delicious rice dishes or warm date balls – lots of Ayurvedic receipts are a delicacy for both your body and mind and can be prepared easily. Fresh ingredients with the six Ayurvedic flavors sweet, sour, salty, bitter, dry and sharp bring enjoyment and variety to your daily nutrition – on top, they stimulate digestion and metabolism.


Warm drinks during your meal: Cold drinks are often refreshing, but during your meal they inhibit your digestion. Ayurveda recommends drinking only warm, ideally only hot water. In general, the intake of fluids during your meal should be reduced, so your digestion can work in a right way.

Eat the correct portion: Another important Ayurveda rule is to eat the right amount of food. To do so, quarter the capacity of your stomach in your imagination. Two parts should be filled with solid food and one part with liquid food like soups or warm drinks. The fourth part should stay free, so your stomach is not overloaded. In this way, you can raise your physical well-being and improve your intestinal health.

The right atmosphere: In Ayurveda also the right atmosphere for your meals plays an important role. Distractions, like watching TV or reading the newspaper while eating, should be avoided. By doing so, your attention is entirely on your meal and the enjoyment as well as your well-being are raised.

Seasons and Ayurvedic types of eating

When choosing the right Ayurveda meal, also the season is important. Changes in the weather and temperature patterns can have a significant impact on your Doshas and can disturb the balance of your energies. So Ayurvedic food has a different importance in the summer than in the winter season.

In Ayurveda it is also important to adjust the nutrition to your body. Depending on your Dosha characteristics, different aspects have to be considered. While Vata types should avoid strong spiced dishes, fatty products are not recommendable for Kapha types, for example. Provided that you know your individual Ayurveda type, you can improve your physical and mental well-being with your daily nutrition.

Ayurvedische Gewürze im Larimar

Ayurvedic food at the Hotel Larimar

At the 4*S hotel Larimar in the Burgenland, guests can enjoy authentic Ayurvedic food, freshly prepared by an Indian Ayurveda chef. The dishes are constantly adapted to the seasons and cooked daily with creativity and a love for details.

Moreover, guests of the health resort Larimar in Austria benefit from a professional medical support. From the pulse analysis with a medical consultation with the Indian Vaidya (Ayurveda doctor) to an individual program of Ayurveda treatments to Hatha Yoga units: At the Ayurveda hotel Larimar, the best conditions for a restful and recreational holiday can be found.

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