What is Ketogenic Ayurveda?

December 20, 2017
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Ketogenic Ayurveda is eating foods that are appropriate to your Ayurvedic Body Type composition, but within the nutritional ketosis macro parameters (75% Fats, 20% Proteins, 5% Carbohydrates), which calms issues caused by imbalanced Vata dosha in the body. It is estimated that 60-65% or approximately 2 out 3 diseases are the result of a Vata imbalance. Once Vata is imbalanced then Pitta and Kapha usually follow.

So how does eating for your Ayurvedic Body Type work? If your primary dosha is Kapha then you’ll want to favor foods from the Keto Foods for Kapha list. This does not mean you should only eat from this list and exclude the other foods on the Keto Foods for Pitta and Keto Foods for Vata lists, because you are still a whole person composed of all three doshas and it is important to nourish all aspects of yourself.  Instead it means you should prioritize your food choices based on the order of your dosha composition so that each dosha isn’t getting too much or too little.

So as a general rule, foods from your first dosha (primary dosha) list are ideal for everyday foods because these foods will help your body create and maintain health on a daily basis. Foods that correspond to your second dosha can be enjoyed some of the time or in moderate amounts. And foods that correspond to your smallest dosha should be enjoyed once in a while or in small amounts.

  • First Dosha – Approved foods may be eaten daily.
  • Second Dosha – Approved foods may be eaten sometimes or in moderate amounts.
  • Third Dosha – Approved foods should be eaten once in a while or in small amounts.

Now some of you may have two doshas, which are relatively equal, making you a Dual-Dosha body type.  In this case it is acceptable to eat foods from both food lists corresponding to your top two doshas, but you may find that during different times of the year one dosha is more predominate than the other. For example, I’m a Kapha-Pitta body type and during the summer and fall, when the weather is hot, I need more Pitta foods and in the winter and spring, when the weather is cold and wet, I need more Kapha foods. Foods for my third dosha – Vata – may still be enjoyed occasionally, but I keep them to a minimum.

And lastly there are a few of you with the rare Tri-Dosha body type. If you are this type, it is best not to overeat from any one category, so that your doshas stay in balance. You may find that you are more sensitive to seasonal changes so Seasonal Eating may be very helpful to you.

Following a Ketogenic Ayurveda diet can be slightly more challenging than regular keto, because inaddition to calculating the necessary marco-nutrients (75% Fats, 20% Proteins, 5% Carbohydrates) the Ayurvedic aspect encourages you to pay attention to what foods are truly best for your body and what happens when you eat them. For example, many people report not losing weight on a Ketogenic Diet despite following the macros protocol correctly. While some of them may have underlying issues such as a weak liver or extreme nutritional deficiencies which need to be corrected first, it turns out that most people experiencing this are predominantly Kapha and have been eating lots of dairy. But dairy is not a good choice for those who are predominantly Kapha because dairy products are heavy, sweet, gooey, oily and difficult to digest. They often cause stagnation, indigestion, and fermentation in the digestive tract, which can lead to general inflammation and puffiness which provokes weight gain, especially for Kapha. So when you look at the Keto Foods for Kapha list you’ll notice it’s nearly void of dairy products because dairy in general is not good for Kapha. Healthier dietary fat choices for Kapha are sesame oil or red palm oil.

This example shows how amazingly helpful Ayurveda can be. Rather the struggling to figure out what foods are best for your body, Ayurveda has already worked out a system and categorized foods, so that you know what you can have a lot of, what you can some of, and what you can have a little of.  It’s an entire holistic health and wellness system that has been around for thousands of years that allows you to use foods to help heal your body.

So, the only thing you need to do (if you haven’t already) is figure out what your Ayurvedic Body Type is, then you can eat foods from all the food lists according to your Ayurvedic Body Type composition.  When your body is getting the right foods to burn, it makes transitioning your metabolism from being a glucose-burner to fat-burner much easier and many of the issues in the body begin to heal because the body is getting what it really needs.

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