Monte Vista's Ayurvedic Kitchen
We pride ourselves in providing the healthiest, freshest, and wholesome food for your enjoyment. Our meals are simple, and everything we make is from scratch, even our mayonnaise! Our Kitchen Goddess combines her expertise and preparation skills with many years of ayurvedic nutritional and cooking experience to create delicious meals every day. Our kitchen provides "Family Style Dining" so you won't have to worry what to choose every day, we take care of that too!
We also strive to teach all our guests the importance of balanced eating according to Ayurveda and portion control. Expect fresh simple vegetarian meals made with mostly local ingredients.
The vegetation surrounding our center provides us with bananas, papayas, coconuts, and other fruits and herbs. We make daily trips to the local organic market to ensure that all our produce is as fresh and as local as possible.
Our cuisine comprises of delicious vegetarian Western, Indian, and Thai dishes, as well as specialty diet dishes. Enjoy zesty Coconut Curry with fresh Kaffir leaves from our plants, spicy Indian delicacies like Indian Cabbage and Potatoes, Spiced Kichari, and Thai Sticky rice and veggies served on banana leaves, or exotic finger foods relished with homemade savory dippings and freshly baked bread.
Within reason we cater to special dietary needs at an extra cost of US $ 10 or 400 Thai Baht per day per person, payable upon arrival. Please inform us about your special diet requirements in advance.
An Ayurvedic Approach to Diet
According to Ayurveda, 'We are what we eat'! This ancient branch of science believes most of the common ailments are a result of poor nutrition. Ayurvedic nutrition is concerned importantly
with the dietary requirements of individuals. Any anomaly in the body is thought to emanate in the digestive system, and therefore it become crucial not to cast aside even minor digestive
complaints, as it could be indicative of a disease.
Ayurveda does not distinguish between food and medicine, the underlying belief that the absence of nutritive food or diet causes disease in the body. This can only be remedied with appropriate food, which becomes the medicine to heal the body of its ailment. All the same, Ayurveda holds sacrosanct, that each one of us are distinct, and our health is determined by our attitude and response to the conscious and unconscious inputs in life that one is subjected to.
Ayurvedic diet is centered on treating life's experiences as 'food' (for the body and the mind), which is assimilated into the body and contributes to its nourishment. This transformation of 'food' into nutrition is termed as 'Agni' or fire, which forms the edifice upon which the Ayurvedic system is built.
Spices and herbs form an integral part of Ayurvedic healing, mainly because of its power to be easily absorbed in the body. On the one hand, this enhances the digestive capacity of the body and on the other, cleanses it of its toxins, ensuring the cells in the body are empowered with the nutrition available in the diet. Ayurveda recommends that spices be consumed only after they are cooked.
An Ayurvedic diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fibrous food, which contribute to keeping the body energetic, glowing and in good health. An Ayurvedic diet is miserly with salt to prevent potential fluid retention and also discourages the intake of coffee, sodas, and alcohol.
Benefits of an Ayurvedic Diet
An Ayurvedic diet is low in fat and helps to maintain an optimum body weight.
An Ayurvedic diet is endowed with minerals that charge the body with energy and radiance.
An Ayurvedic diet is rich in vegetable proteins that are quickly assimilated into the body.
Ayurvedic meals are easy to digest due to the inclusion of spices like garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenne and black pepper.
Fresh Organic foods that Ayurveda relies upon are high in nutrition,a nd endow the body with strength and vitality.