Anjum's Eat Right for your Body Type

Anjum's Eat Right for your Body Type

The Super-healthy Detox Diet Inspired by Ayurveda

Book - 2011
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Ayurvedic medicine teaches us how to maintain harmony within ourselves and with nature. The system is based on three body types, or doshas, and keeping their tendencies in balance. Anjum has created recipes that you can adapt to suit your dosha, for weight loss and optimal health.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, Lifelong, 2011
ISBN: 9780738214948
Branch Call Number: 613.25 ANAND
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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Jul 06, 2013

What originally drew my attention was how my "recommended reads" is overflowing with cookbooks (I am clearly looking for an eating change) and this book is written by the chef/author of another cookbook I drool over. I have known about Ayurveda (not how to pronounce it, but as a girl who loved all those "who are you" quizzes, I had heard of doshas). Flipping through the recipes, I really liked the spice profile and the anticipated flavour of the food. I also want more vegetarian in my diet, so I liked that the veggie dishes looked appealing to this meat-eater.

I think the recipes are great (I even liked the guidance to do a detox cleanse). The challenge I found - for me, at least - is that Ayurveda is a really complicated concept. There are probably a lot of people who are more "typical" than me, but after doing the quiz inside several times, I decided I was a Vata with a Kapha imbalance; the advice to reduce Kapha conflicted with the vata maintenance, so I was just confused. I don't think everyone would make it this difficult, but I think I would need some more specific help and not the generic info Anand provides to attempt to balance oneself. It has potential, but not everyone will be able to immediately follow it (or ever). If you are a straight dosha, the book does clearly state how to keep the balance, with notes on EVERY recipe.

I have this habit of copying recipes I like from cookbooks I borrow into a Try-This Cookbook. However, I found myself unable to as there was just so much information to record (modifying recipes for each dosha, then being prepared for changing dosha balances and/or the doshas of others). I really think this is a book that, if you are going to sincerely try, you have to own the book.


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