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Question

Hi Lisa,

I’m really interested in Ayurveda. I’ve gone to a practitioner. It was just ok.  The problem for me is that I’m vegan.  It seems like ayurveda uses a lot of ghee and milk which are not something I’m willing to use.

Can you practice ayurveda without those things?

I’m also a bit confounded by having two predominate doshas (Pita then Kapha) with one so far behind.  Am I trying to ramp up the vata by eating those kinds of foods or do I eat to increase the predomiante ones?!?

I’ve yet to find a book that really explains this and there are not many practitioners in my area.

 

Answer

Of course you can live an ayurvedic lifestyle and be vegan, I’m a vegan!  Remember that Ayurveda is more than 5,000 years old.  Way back then there weren’t all the dairy and protein alternatives that we have now, like soy milk, rice milk, seitan, tofu, etc.

In Ayurveda, it’s about the 6 tastes, sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent, and getting all of those tastes into each meal, with the tastes for your dominant dosha being most dominant.  Sweet can come from dairy like milk, cheese, or ghee.  It can also come from the newer vegan versions of those products.

When you eat, you are eating to pacify the dominant dosha.  When we are out of balance, it is usually our dominant dosha that is giving us too much.  We are also affected by the seasons, so eating seasonally helps to keep us in balance as well.

I guess you don’t have my book, “What’s Your Dosha, Baby?” because all this is explained very clearly, and I have many vegan recipes included in it, too! :-)

I also have an e-course up on DailyOm.com called “Heal Yourself with Ayurveda” that will give you a really good introduction to Ayurveda.  It’s a “pay what you want” system so money is not an issue.  

And, as always, there are free articles and back issues of our newsletters up on the whatsyourdosha.com website.  Lots of resources there!

 Enjoy!

Namaste,

Lissa