Leading an Ayurvedic way of life is by no means restricted to a specific age group. Ayurveda can be easily integrated into daily life for the whole family. Even after taking into account each individual's dosha type, you don't have to cook a separate meal for every member of your family. Nor do you have to convince everybody of the benefits of an Ayurvedic way of life. On the contrary, health and eating should be fun and enjoyable.
Diet as the basis
Undoubtedly, the quality of the food plays an important role in the preparation of any meal. But the emotional component, i.e. the mood and intention with which the food is cooked, can also be tasted in the food. Children absorb the love and goodwill with which meals are prepared.
Here are a few simple tips you can follow:
Buy regional products.
Always use fresh ingredients.
Pay attention to a balanced variety of tastes - sweet, sour, bitter, salty, pungent, astringent.
Prepare three meals a day, at least one of which should be warm.
Each meal should consist of four textures: crunchy, chewy, drinkable and food that can be sucked. This provides an elementary balance.
Start a meal with sweet or sour foods and end it with bitter and astringent substances.
It is more important to pay attention to a balanced diet and to eat in a relaxed atmosphere. Not all doshas have to be served at the same time.
Regular rituals and spending quality time together
In addition to nutrition, Ayurveda offers various ways to strengthen the harmony and balance of the whole family. For example, shared rituals in which all family members participate. They give children support and a sense of security. Taking a walk in the evening, working on a puzzle, cooking meals or even yoga sessions together are perfect for this.
Family dynamics and dealing with each other
You don't have to force an Ayurvedic way of life on everyone - that should not be your mission at all. It is all about you being happy with pursuing your chosen path. Your inner balance allows you to react differently to conflicts and disagreements and benefits your family.
The culture of respectful conversation within the family is also an important aspect of Ayurveda. Open communication in which adults also apologise for their mistakes contributes significantly to harmony in family life. Consciously nurturing and encouraging open dialogue allows family members to talk freely about a wide range of topics which adds a healthy and harmonious atmosphere to your home.