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Feb 17, 2020

What is the Ayurvedic diet? Cate explains it’s not all kitchari and mung beans. Check out the podcast to learn about the Ayurvedic diet and thriving for your constitution with food!


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • What the Ayurvedic diet is.
  • How to thrive in your constitution with food.
  • Why the ecosystem and seasons offer the biggest insights from Ayurveda.


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Show Highlights:

  • Cate describes her health hurdles before Ayurveda entered her life. 
  • Why Cate recommends ‘Eat Wheat’ by Dr. John Douillard.
  • What to do if you get the food blahs. 



  • 5:05 Cate’s take on the Ayurvedic diet, perfect digestion and Sama Agni.
  • 9:12 Best foods for the three constitutions.
  • 21:51 Seasonal insights from nature to guide diet.


Favorite Quotes:

  • “When I look at the Ayurvedic diet, I look at what is food? What is food according to Ayurveda? What is nourishment according to understanding your constitution? So we get into a different level of complexity where it’s not like these yes and no lists. It’s more, notice the impact that different foods eaten at different times have on you and see if you can find seamless digestion. What they call Sama Agni. Perfect balanced digestion.” - Cate Stillman 
  • “Ayurvedic diet rule number one, like increases like and the opposites reduce each other.” - Cate Stillman
  • “Vata accumulates in the colon so anything that’s too airy they’ll get bloated and gassy. Pitta accumulates in the small intestine so anything that’s too fiery, like hot sauce, they’ll tend to get the runs from because there’s already a lot of bile in their small intestine. And Kapha accumulates in the stomach and it’s mucus. So we’ve got gas, bile and mucus (and these are translations for Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are the forces as they go out of balance in the body.” - Cate Stillman
  • “What we want to do is let the body feed itself, get more matter over mind. Most of us have way too much information in our brains about how to eat. I’d rather not rely on our brains about how to eat! Build body awareness. Build body wisdom, body intelligence about what to eat. The body is physical, it’s part of nature.” - Cate Stillman