Lisa Cohen is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (NAMA certified). She is also a Health Coach, has Level Three Certification in Spiritual PhytoEssencing, a Heart Based Meditation Teacher and is a licensed attorney. Lisa’s passion is to guide people to balance in all parts of their life with joy, compassion and integrity.
A mother of six children, her journey as a Ayurvedic health practitioner was motivated by her desire to raise healthy, balanced children by a mother that felt strong and happy too.
Curejoy got chatting with Lisa to understand her views on “Ayurveda and Nutrition” and why there cannot be a single diet plan that fits all. Read on….
Q: Lisa, can you throw some light on the Preventative ideology of Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of medicine that has been used to treat illness for thousands of years. The focus of Ayurveda is preventative because that is the best way to ensure health and balance. Even modern allopathic medicine prefers to catch illnesses like cancer and cardiovascular disease early because the patient outcome is more successful.
Ayurveda looks to make the whole person healthy, both
Q: Is herbs or diet the main focus area in Ayurvedic care?
Ayurveda does not have one main focus. Rather there are three pillars or systems that need to be working to achieve total health. The three pillars are sleep, digestion, and happy spirit. Since each person is an individual, the type and degree of imbalance will determine which lifestyle changes need implementation. Usually a combination of remedies is used to give the greatest impact. Herbs and diet are a part of many Ayurvedic treatment plans but so is routine, meditation, cleansing and gentle
Q: Why is it important to eat as per your Prakriti and Dosha ?
Eating according to one’s Prakriti and Dosha promotes real health. Food is an essential part of any healing process. Food is the building block for the fuel that sustains our body’s functions. When food is chosen based on an individual’s body type, it is suited for that person. The food will be easier to digest and thus sustain the body. Food that goes against one’s type will cause digestive issues like gas, bloating, heartburn or nausea. The nutritional value of the food will be diminished by the struggle of the body to digest it. Additionally, the food may even remain somewhat undigested and remain as waste and toxic build up in the body.
However, it is important to note that the goal of Ayurveda is balance. There are six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent, and certain tastes are more suited to certain body types. Yet, we still need to incorporate all
Q: What are the most common diet issues in the American diet?
The most common issues in the American diet are the use of processed, chemical filled food and eating in a rushed unpleasant way. The total eating experience can be divided into three main categories. One, is what you eat and how it is prepared. Two, is how to eat to improve digestion and three is where and when to eat.
When people choose convenience foods, they are using food that will not be good fuel for the body. These foods are hard to digest and can cause toxic build up in the body. This interferes with the first two categories of the eating experience.
When people eat at unscheduled times, in a rush and on the go, this interferes with the second and third categories of eating. Food is not digested
Q: How important is understanding the role of incompatible foods on our health?
It is important to understand how certain foods are incompatible and their role in our personal health because we will not be living in harmony with our individual body and spirit. This will create imbalance and eventually disease. More importantly, we will not be following the blue print of our unique body and purpose. We will feel unsettled and compare ourselves to others. When we realize that what works for others may be quite different than what is better for us an individual, we have clarity and peace of mind. The incompatible food is just a piece of that understanding.
Q: Does Ayurveda rework on your current diet or forces a complete overhaul?
Ayurveda seeks to balance a
Thank you for an opportunity to connect with the CureJoy community and share some principles of Ayurveda.