During the modern era the terms “information” and “knowledge” have become more or less synonymous, and a chasm has emerged between practical knowledge and what can be read on the internet or learned from a book. A century of academia coupled with the abandonment of traditional practices has meant that many practical details of nutrition have been glossed over and missed. This lecture reviews traditional dietary practices in Ayurveda, and contrasts these with modern practices and beliefs. Practical issues related to different foods and their methods of preparations will be discussed, with important implications for both modern Ayurveda and conventional nutrition.

Bio -Todd Caldecott is a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda. He has been in practice since 1995, and since 2002 has maintained a working relationship with the 800 year old Bajracharya lineage of Ayurveda, in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is the author of Food As Medicine, editor of Ayurveda In Nepal, and in 2014 was the visiting Mitchell Scholar at Bastyr University. Todd is the Director of the Dogwood School of Botanical which provides online classes in Ayurveda and nutrition, as well as overseas training, and opportunities for clinical mentorship.


Todd Caldecott

Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG)
The Missing Bits: Nutrition in Ayurveda.