Because our menu is Ayurveda inspired, we focus on the relevant pieces of ancient Ayurveda, and apply it to our modern kitchen when cooking and creating. Ayurveda is a living science… it adapts to the place, time and needs of the individual, and that includes modern eaters with modern cravings. It’s about living in harmony with your environment. Nature naturally provides us with the food we need.
One important aspect that guides our menu creations is alkaline. Ayurveda greatly emphases the consumption of alkaline foods, and an alkaline diet. The alkaline diet is based on the idea that replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods, can improve your health and well-being. It’s premise is that your diet can alter the pH value - the measure of acidity or alkalinity - of your body.
Your metabolism - the conversion of food into energy - is sometimes compared to fire. In Sanskrit this fire is called “agni”, referring to your digestive five or digestive process. Both alkalinity and metabolism involve a chemical reaction that breaks down a solid mass, in a slow and controlled manner. When things burn - your agni or inner fire - an ash residue is left behind. The foods you eat leave an “ash” residue known as metabolic waste. The metabolic waste can be alkaline, neutral, or acidic. The Ayurvedic diet believes that the metabolic waste can directly affect your body’s acidity. In other words, if you eat foods that leave acidic ash, it makes your blood more acidic. If you eat foods that leave an alkaline ash, it makes your blood more alkaline. Acidic ash can make you more vulnerable to illness and disease, whereas alkaline ash is considered protective.
By choosing more alkaline foods, you should be able to “alkalize” your body and improve your health. Ayurveda is about considering your unique circumstances and adapting to your body's unique needs, using a multi-functional philosophy that considers the energies of food, the environment, and the individual. True Ayurveda is not a set of rules and laws that must be obeyed. It’s about looking deeper at how you feel and making food choices that match your needs - and then creating a pattern of eating that supports you.
YES: Herbs, spices, and most vegetables are alkaline, and beneficial for the body
NO: All meats, intoxicants, condiments, processed and canned foods are all very acidic and can be harmful for the body.
Healing the body lies at the root of the Ayurvedic diet. And that starts with making simple changes, that support and sustain you, and sticking with it. Your body knows what is best for you... you just need to listen.