In today's world, it is imperative to have access to spiritual knowledge and a philosophical framework which can explain health and healing, death and illness as well as global changes which take place ever more quickly. Ayurveda provides us with an ancient system of knowledge that is as valid today as it was originally. You are what you eat is a fat frequently forgotten in the urgency of the modern world. People look for artificial remedies such as antibiotics when causes and cures are so natural, so obvious and so well proven. Within the Ayurvedic tradition, the food regime is a vital aspect. Wholesome meals are to be eaten calmly, followed by a short period of contemplation. Particularly recommended are energy-giving foods known as 'Sattvic', such as fresh fruit and vegetables (except root vegetables), whole milk, wheat-based products, rice and vegetable oil. Foods which sap energy, called 'Tamasic', should be avoided. These include alcohol, coffee, pickled or cured foods and cheeses. This book takes you back to the basics. It does not include complicated recipes or hours of work. Fast food is available here too, but in an intensely vital and satisfying form. You can discover the simple pleasure of awareness, and appreciate the properties of the ingredients.