Monday, July 04, 2011

When serving fruit...... !!!!!

“Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine Kind words and kind deeds.”

ABOUT FRUITS..When serving fruit, it is best to eat it alone or at the beginning of the meal. Fruits is so readily digestible that it deserves to be first place in the stomach’s list. Otherwise it ferments. Whatever goes in stomach first is digested first, and sets the pace for the rest of the meal to come. Fats and proteins are digested much slower than most fruits and vegetables. If fruits are eaten after bread, butter, and beans for ex. they are forced to wait in the stomach for as long as it takes these heavy foods to digest. This delay in a hot wet acid environment causes fermentation, gas and belching, unnecessarily.

       Fruits are one of the cleansing and most valuable foods. Used in proper position and appropriate time they are key to calming Doshas and clearing ama/toxins out of the system. They must be ripe and unpolluted to have this effect; otherwise they will create toxins itself. Unfortunately most of these sold in market neither ripe nor chemical free. Fruit is picked green often, often with a heavy residue of pesticides and other synthetics. Chemical indigestion cause wide variety of ills, including skin rashes, fever, headaches and diarrhea.

      A number of fruits can be used by all constitutions. Preparation and proper combination is the doorway to healing tridoshik use. Well-ripened mangoes are well tolerated by all doshas. Stewed or soaked raisins are appropriate for all constitutions. Sweet purple grapes, sweet cherries and sweet apricots, and fresh sweet berries can be enjoyed moderately by all. Raw sweet pineapple is best for Vata-Pitta, but can be eaten in moderation by Kapha. It calms gastritis and overactive liver and act as antihelmentic. Apples and pears can be stewed or backed with liquid to suit all doshas. Ripe banana is fine served for Vata. It can be prepared with pinch of ginger for Kapha and bit of turmeric for Pitta. Dried figs can be stewed and served as they are for Vata and Pitta; Kapha can eat those with pinch of ginger or nutmeg as a balancing garnish. Cranberries can be sweetened   with sweet orange and cinnamon to make them workable for all Doshas in small amounts.

"Foods high in bad fats, sugar and chemicals are directly linked to many negative emotions, whereas whole, natural foods rich in nutrients - foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes - contribute to greater energy and positive emotions."

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