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Food as Medicine…

Since 8th grade, I have had issues with my stomach. It got to a point where I would just dread eating and I wore clothes that would allow for my stomach to bloat after a meal. One of my friends even called me “poochy tummy” for several years.

You see, it’s the eating thing…I know we have to eat to live. I know people who live to eat. They think about what is going to be their lunch while they are eating breakfast. I, on the other hand, am only trying to figure out what I can eat and not feel sick afterwards.

Finally, after reading about Ayurvedic Medicine for years, my husband found a doctor in Austin and I went for a diagnosis.

Simply put, I was not in balance. My basic nature is TRI-DOSHIC. That means, according to Ayurvedic medicine, that I was born equally balanced with all three of the doshas, Kapha, Pitta and Vata. A dosha is the energy believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity. Well, my main issue was with a sluggish digestion and circulation.

Born balanced sounds fine but when I get out of balance, it is more difficult to get me balanced again because I do not have a predominant dosha so I have to experiment with all three to see where the imbalance is. After learning more, I tried a new way of eating and going through my day. I have had a lot of success.

It usually involves eating just a handful of food every couple of hours, getting still and more quiet each day and at least once a day, a good brisk walk or bike in nature. I have become super aware of my body and what foods will aggravate my stomach and which will soothe it. But even that will fluctuate depending on the seasons and temperatures.

I would encourage anyone who has any type of health issue to pay attention to how their symptoms change depending on what they are eating or how much they exercise. Do you have a regular schedule or routine or are you all over the place, stressed and in a hurry?

What are your emotions? What do you spend a lot of time thinking about? Positive…negative?

I got miserable enough that I had to try everything. I looked at EVERYTHING.

I felt, everything.

Pay attention. Learn more about your body. After all, it is lugging your happy self all over the place.

“Ayurveda , the science of life, prevention and longevity is the oldest and most holistic medical system available on the planet today. It was placed in written form over 5,000 years ago in India, it was said to be a world medicine dealing with both body and the spirit.”- History of Ayurveda

This is not an advertisement, just something I learned that worked for me. I love learning!

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This entry was published on August 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm. It’s filed under health and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Food as Medicine…

  1. I cannot tell you how meaningful and helpful this post is to me. I stumbled upon the words ” Ayurvedic Medicine” recently in a google search. I do not have allergies, so to speak, but certain foods definitely trigger negative reactions in me. I’ve been told I’m “gluten sensitive” (and lactose and egg for that matter). I didn’t know anything about this field OR anyone who’s ever tried it and I didn’t want to just take the word of someone selling whatever. Your post is so helpful to me, and I appreciate you so much. I will delve into this more because I trust your word on it.

    Cheers! MJ

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