Diet and Ayurveda

  • When I talk about diet, I don’t mean how to lose weight, but rather managing what goes into my mouth over the course of the day.
  • I have tried a bunch of theories, seeking the holy grail of managing weight and being appropriate for BP (i.e. stabilizing moods, not creating swings).
  • On the latter objective, I think most people would agree that sugar is to be avoided (a surge of energy then a crash) as well as alcohol (a depressant, which may also disrupt sleep).
  • On the weight loss and maintenance side, there are other reasons to avoid sugar and alcohol (i.e. empty calories).
  • So what I’ve settled on is no added sugar and as little alcohol as possible.
  • It turns out the non-alcoholic beers are good (enough)  and they give me something to drink with a meal other than water.
  • I’ve tried spritzers and but I can’t get into them. Maybe on a sunny afternoon in a garden, but other than that, in a restaurant or at home, they seems like an odd thing. I’d rather ask for non-alcoholic beer or room temperature water.
  • I also try to stick with an Ayurvedic diet, which advises little sugar and mostly vegetables.

 

My introduction to Ayurveda:

  • Well, I like to hedge my bets, so this is something I have worked into my daily routine.
  • Through transcendental meditation, I came across ayurveda.  I did not know much about it, and my girlfriend at the time bought me, as a birthday gift, a consultation session with Dr. Rudra, who runs Rudra Ayurveda on 35th street, across from the Empire State Building.
  • On my first visit, she took my pulse and said I was Pita-Kapha with Pita dominant but at present my Vata was out of balance. I later learned that overactive Vata sounds a lot like the symptoms  of BP (mental hyperactivity, etc.)
  • So I signed up for Panchakarma.  (You can find out a lot about it on the web.)  In my case, it was a period of some two weeks. Some days there was not much to do other than stick to a diet of kitchery (or kitadi as Dr Rudra calls it) and massage / heat box treatment.
  • It turns out, however, that that was all just preparation; the real treatment is vomiting and enemas. For Vata imbalance specifically, enemas seem to be the single most important aspect as, they say, the Vata resides in the colon and that is where the imbalance must be addressed.
  • I’ll spare you the details of enemas; you can imagine them or look it up on the web. As to what they contain, in short, medicated oils.
  • The best resource locally for more info is is Rudra Ayurveda, and for background, the books of David Frawley.