Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
About Our WebsiteWe're an encyclopedia of food with ingredients and health tips. We make it simple to enter your doshas and create a personal Ayurvedic diet online, complete with a grocery shopping list. Our list of practitioners is ready to support your growth and healing. On Joyful Belly you can also make a reservation for a private or phone consultation with John, register for the Weight Loss Cleanse, or order Ayurvedic herbs, massage oils, books and products.
About AyurvedaAyurveda is a 5,000 year old system of medicine from India, integrating both science with the art of healing. Ayurveda describes disease not only in western medical terms but as patterns of doshas, feelings, and tastes that everyone can understand and experience. Perspective helps us relate better to our body, self-monitor, respect the laws of Nature, and make supportive lifestyle and diet choices.
We Welcome Practitioners!Use Joyful Belly to create diets for your clients which means less time explaining recipes and more time healing during a consultation. Promote your services in our online directory and by sharing your expertise on each and every ingredient and recipe page!
Our Approach to Food"Mealtime is the ideal time to remember your health and body." - John
About John Joseph Immel, founder of Joyful BellyJohn Immel is the founder of leading Ayurvedic dieting website JoyfulBelly.com. He is also director of the Joyful Belly diet & digestion clinic in Asheville, NC. John promotes practical Ayurveda at diverse locations locally and nationally. His clinical focus is in digestive tract pathology. He studied Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad and in India.
John started his career with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University. He first discovered Ayurveda while working on public health and service projects in South Asia & the Middle East. He studied the language and culture of Bangladesh over ten years and is fluent in Bengali. He is also a student of Sanskrit, Arabic, French, and Spanish.
On a personal note, "Cooking is an integral part of health and the heart of a happy home. Disease forces people to look outside themselves for answers. Cooking brings these discoveries home into our daily lives, in a gentle and life giving way. When I returned home from South Asia, I came to love my new home in the mountains of Appalachia. I also wanted to bring Ayurveda home to America. Using the ingredients familiar from my childhood, I created Joyful Belly to recast Ayurveda in the context of our American traditions. Joyful Belly proves Ayurveda is easy and fun. This simple, practical and familiar approach has helped thousands on their journey to health."
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