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Lad, U./Lad, V.

Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing


Leseprobe
Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing von Lad, U./Lad, V.

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PREFACE

During and after my internship, I worked as a house physician in the departments of medicine, surgery, gynecology and pediatrics at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Pune. At that time I observed over and over again how the correct diet, combined with proper herbal medicine and lifestyle, can play a vital role in healing. I became increasingly aware that illness provides an "invitation" to change one's habitual patterns related to thinking, feeling and feeding ourselves properly. My outlook began to move from the commonly used labels for an illness, such as "this is influenza or that is a virus," to the inner sense of how that illness manifested according to basic Ayurvedic theories. I incorporated a deeper and subtler understanding of the interplay of the doshas in health and disease and of how nature's gentle source of healing with herbs and food can bring healing and balance. As my awareness grew about the role of food as medicine, I observed that many health problems seemed intertwined with the stresses of daily life. These include worries about one's job or money tension and even the stress created by eating the wrong kinds of food and improper food combining. In the last twenty years I have seen many problems, sometimes culminating in serious illness, that were the result of poor food choices and ignorance of the art of proper cooking for oneself and for the family. While working in the panchakarma department at the hospital, I saw the impressive effects of this cleansing program administered in conjunction with proper diet, which is usually a mono-fast on a single food. This also taught me that food is medicine when rightly used. In this book you will find simple, practical approaches to food and specific recipes from the Ayurvedic art of cooking to help restore the body's healthful balance. Though there is much helpful information within these covers, this book is not proposed as a treatment plan for any disease. This, of course, you must obtain from your own doctor. Much of the information here can be classified best as the "intuitive science of life." It comes from my own practical clinical experience, founded on the basic principles built from thousands of years of Ayurvedic medi-

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cine. This is not a "scientific" method, as the term is used in Western medicine, but the information carefully gathered from centuries of day-to-day experience. For instance, sour fruits, fermented food and hot spices provoke pitta and can cause acid indigestion and heartburn. Black beans and pinto beans aggravate vata, can create gas and can lead to bloating and discomfort. Yogurt, cheese and cold drinks aggravate kapha and may lead to cold, cough and congestion. This book will help you to develop a good understanding of the wise and practical Ayurvedic approach to food and health. I hope you will find that the suggestions in this book become a vital part of your own self-healing. The golden keys to health lie in getting in touch with your inner self and in seeing the process of healing as a useful means of learning about your own unique needs. I met my wife Usha at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Pune where she was a student of Ayurvedic nursing. After we were married, Usha began using her knowledge and love of Ayurveda as her guiding light in preparing our meals. She always brings great love and respect to every stage of food preparation, and she cooks each meal with all of her heart. By calling this book Ayurvedic Cooking For Self-Healing, my wish is that you will discover a creative program for better health for yourself and your family. These recipes and healing ways are meant to enter into your life as a natural method of healing without any side effects or reactions. Keeping you healthy and balanced in all seasons is the goal of this practical "guidebook" about food. Enjoy your Ayurvedic cooking for health, happiness and the healing of family and friends. God bless you with love and light. Dr. Vasant Lad Albuquerque March 1994

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