“Foods, like all of nature, are made up of the five elements and consist of a unique combination of the ten pairs of opposite qualities. By understanding the qualities inherent in a food and knowing the qualities inherent in a person, how the food and a person interact becomes known. No one food is perfectly healthy for everyone. Each person is unique and so too are the foods that will support them to thrive.
First and foremost, the foods that you eat should have the opposite qualities of any imbalance that might be present within you. If there is no significant imbalance, then the foods that are best are those with the opposite qualities of your constitution. Remember, if you tend to be cold, eating warm foods is best. If you tend to be heavy, it is best to eat light foods. If you have a sharp and rough personality, dull and smooth foods will help restore balance. It is really that simple. The key is to know which foods have the qualities that you need. The qualities that are found in a food are determined primarily by its taste. These qualities can then be altered through preparation and processing. This is the art of ayurvedic cooking.”
~Excerpt from “Healing Your Life, Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda,” by Dr. Marc Halpern, Founder of the California College of Ayurveda. Available at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GP7m28 and Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1PsYDUA