Cooking with awareness and using pure and whole ingredients with understanding
As a cook the most important ingredient we can bring to our cooking is our loving attention. The thoughts and intentions of the cook influence the effect of the meal on the consumer. A meal cooked with a loving attention will be light and easy to digest providing nourishment and vitality. The more awareness you bring to the cooking process the more healing results you will have.
Cooking with Ayurvedic principles
Ayurveda, the Science of Life offers knowledge about how to live a healthy balanced life. In Ayurvedic cooking it is important to have a reverence for whole nutritious food, the health benefits it can provide and awareness of the manner in which the food is prepared and eaten.
It is a different way of thinking about food and health. Rather than thinking in terms of carbohydrates and calories etc. The key elements are digestion and balance and looking at the body as a whole unique system.
Everything in the universe is made up of the 5 great elements, earth, water, fire, air and space. These five elements combine into 3 basic energies or doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which are present in varying degrees in everything and everybody. We all have the 3 doshas present but one of them is usually dominant. Each person has a particular pattern of energy, an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics that makeup their constitution.
These doshas regulate the creation, maintenance and destruction of bodily tissue and the elimination of waste products from the body. They also govern our emotions. When in balance they generate noble qualities such as understanding, compassion and love. When their balance is disturbed they can give rise to negative emotions such as anger, fear and greed.
When in balance the doshas create health. When out of balance they contribute to disease. The doshas can be normal, increased or decreased in strength. All substances and all activities increase and decrease the doshas according to their qualities.