“Let food be your first medicine and kitchen be your first pharmacy.”
Categories of edible things
|Dhaanya varga (whole grains)|
|Shaaka varga (leaves)|
|Maamsa varga (meat)|
|Phala varga (fruits)|
|Kantha varga (tubers)|
|Lavana varga (spices)|
|Krithanna varga (prepared food)|
|Aushada varga (medicines)|
According to Ashtangahridayam, which is an important Ayurvedic text, it is suggested that we should keep a few rules in mind before consuming meat, some of them are:
- Whenever possible, choose organic, hormone-free meat to get the maximum nutritional value of the meat.
- Prepare fresh meat with spices and minimum artificial substances.
- Eat it in moderation, meaning avoid eating meat on a regular basis if not necessary.
- Consume meat of young animals avoiding the meat of old, ill, and diseased indicating that only fresh meat should be used.
- Skip the milk, curd, buttermilk, etc just before or after eating non-vegetarian foods.
- Avoid eating more than one type of meat at a time.
- During the rainy season, abstain from eating fish, seafood, and meat.
- Try avoiding barbecuing, deep frying, and using alcohol while cooking.
- Cooking meat with mild spices and eating in the form of soup is considered best.
- You should also be mindful of your dosha type while including meat in your diet.
- Fish: is considered Hot and heavy, reduces Vata Dosha, and enhances strength. If cooked in the wrong way, it can increase the unwanted Kapha Dosha.
- Goat: This meat is thought to be the most compatible of human tissues, and it is included in a variety of dishes, including soup. This is the only type of red meat that Ayurveda recommends on a regular basis or as part of a medicinal diet.
- Chicken meat: Chicken meat boosts strength and muscle mass. It can help to balance the Vata dosha.
- Pork: Pork meat is hard to digest. Pork meat, when digested properly, is said to be nourishing and good for weight gain.
- Lunch is the ideal time of day to eat meat, as Agni, the digestive fire, is most active between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Adding spices like cayenne and black pepper can be beneficial as they are digestive spices.
- Consumption of meat should be done, keeping your dosha type in mind