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Pathya Ahara (Wholesome diet) concept

Wholesome diet concept

Wholesome diet Ayurveda

Wholesome diet can be described as one that nourishes all dhatus of the body, helps restore balance between them where it is disrupted, does not clog the body channels and lead to satisfaction. In contrast, diet that blocks body channels, is incapable of maintaining balance between dhatus, causes harm and is disliked, is an unwholesome diet.

Wholesome food and drinks have good colour, smell, taste and are pleasing to the senses and conducive to health, if taken in accordance with the ayurvedic rules. According to Ayurveda – complexion, clarity, good voice, longevity, happiness, satisfaction, nourishment, mental/ physical strength and intellect are all conditioned by food.

Wholesome and unwholesome diet varies from person to person. wholesome  for one might be unwholesome for another. The suitability of diet for a person is governed by age, body constitution, nature, quantity of dravya and compatibility with other dravyas. Keeping the above in mind one should exclude unwholesome items from one diet and eat only wholesome foods.

Some foods/substances are by nature wholesome or unwholesome. They are listed below:

Category Wholesome Unwholesome
Cereals/grains with hard seed coat Red shali rice Yawak
Pulses Green gram (moong) Black gram (udad)
Potable waters Rain water collected before reaches ground River water in rainy seasons
Salt Rock salt Usher
Leafy vegetables Jeevani leaf Mustard leaf
Ghee Cow milk Sheep milk
Milk Cow Sheep
Tuber and Rhizome Ginger Potato
Fruit Grapes Neekuch
Sugar cane Cane sugar Phaneet
Meat Deer Cow
Bird (small) Quail Kanakspot
Underground animal Gauh Frog
Vegetable oil Sesame oil Kusum oil
Fat of marshy land animals Pig Buffalo
Fat of water birds White crane Murgabi
Fat of flesh eating birds Poultry Kite and other birds
Fat of plant eating animals Goat Elephant

If the wholesome foods are not eaten properly according to body constitution, seasonal quantity, age etc. they can cause harm. Food builds the body. Hence it must be consumed sensibly. Greed must not be allowed to dictate diet as it can only lead to disorders and imbalance,

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

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