A taste of Ayurveda, with love from Ibiza
Are you a Vata, Pitta or Kapha? No idea what I’m talking about? These are the three doshas of the Ayurveda. Still no clue about what I’m talking about? Let me explain.
I was first introduced to the Ayurveda at beach bar Chirincana on Ibiza in 2014. My friend Susan and I have been going there for a couple of years now; the first time on a hula hooping holiday. Ibiza is only a few hours away by plane from the Netherlands, the weather is constantly lovely and the vibe is über laid-back. We stay in a bungalow at Camping La Playa in the northeast of the Balearic island, which is next to bar Chirincana. They serve fantastic pizza, which is a joy, but one morning we were in for a real surprise when we saw ayurvedic breakfast options on the menu.
So, what is Ayurveda? It’s a holistic lifestyle aimed at health for your body and mind. There are three character types (doshas) that help guide what is good for you and what will not be as beneficial. Simply put, you eat what feels good and what your body can deal with easily; having a good metabolism is one indication of a healthy body. I was intrigued by this concept and ordered the book Eat Taste Heal which explains the Ayurveda, has tests to determine which type you are, and contains recipes that can be adapted for each dosha. Dosha tests can be found online too. In my case (I’m a Pitta-Kapha), I found out that limiting my intake of yoghurt is better for me, which I’m fine with. What I’m not fine with is the advice that I should avoid avocados. Worst advice ever! I love avocados, they make me happy and I want to eat these little green gems every day. Since the bottom line of Ayurveda as I see it is eating whatever makes you feel happy and healthy, I will continue to get my daily avocado fix.
Besides hanging out on the beach of Cala Martina and chilling to the max, one of the highlights of last year’s Ibizan holiday was dining at restaurant Passion in Santa Eulalia (they have branches in other Ibizan towns too). They serve avocado fries. Avocado fries! Wedges of avocado dipped in a light tempura-style batter with a garlic mayonnaise on the side: divine. Heavenly! Happiness! Highly recommended. Must try this at home.