While diet will not cure well-establish diseases, 60% of illness can be controlled solely by adjustments in diet and eating habits. Since diet is such a significant aspect of maintaining good health, we should be aware of what, when and how we are eating. If our eating habits are not conductive to health, we must be willing to make the changes necessary to stop the formation of new ama (toxins).
The Ayurvedic understand of nutrition is quite different from that of the West. The primary focus of our nutrition is on the physical attributes of food: the amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Ayurvedic nutrition, on the other hand, is concerned with the effects of various types of food on the quality of the mind, the digestion and the balance of doshas. Ayurveda asserts that almost all diseases arise on a physical level from improper metabolism, and generally attributes this to weak digestive fire and imbalanced doshic functioning.
According to Ayurveda there are several key factors in the actual process of eating.
The first and most important is the mental attitude above, but here is the complete list of considerations:
Quality of food
Kind of food
Preparation of food
Order of eating food
Quantity of food
The act of eating
Eat according to your dosha
The first thing in actually choosing food is to understand the basic foods that agree or disagree with your metabolism. This is related to our constitution or our dosha type.