Eat Well, Be Well: Ayurveda Cooking for Healthy Living

by Lois Leonhardi
Out of Print.

New Edition – “The Essential Ayurvedic Cookbook” will be released fall 2015.


Eat Well, Be Well is a wellness cookbook – a holistic approach to cooking that integrates the energetics of your body and your emotions to bring about a balanced state of health. It is designed for westerners seeking to make a healthy change in their diet and lifestyle.

Not just for vegetarians, Eat Well, Be Well interprets the ancient system of ayurveda to meet the needs of mainstream society. It moves beyond curries and includes recipes designed for a discriminating western palate addressing dietary needs for: non-vegetarian, vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free individuals. With recipes crafted to be balancing to everyone, implementing the ayurveda approach has never been easier – or tastier! The book has been endorsed by The Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America (APNA) and board members of the National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA). Here’s what people are saying:

Lois is a dedicated ayurvedic practitioner and lover of healthy cooking.  “Eat Well, Be Well: Ayurveda Cooking for Healthy Living” is a wonderful source of great, yet simple, recipes.  This book is a stroke of genius in the creation of delicious recipes that demonstrate a proper understanding of ayurvedic principles and guidelines.  Lois has well described the value of three doshas for maintaining optimum health and wellness, the importance of six tastes in the meal, the proper combinations of foods and spices, and most importantly, ayurvedic foods for the family and various menu plans for different times of day.  I personally recommend this cookbook to all ayurvedic lovers, students, and schools to embark on the journey of healing through proper ayurvedic recipes. Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, MD (Ayu), LMT, Director, Ojas, LLC and President, Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. (AAPNA)  


The timeless wisdom of Ayurveda is beautifully put together in this book, Eat Well, Be Well. By applying these basic principles in daily cooking, the reader can prove that cooking is both science and art. Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician; Author of Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing, Textbook of Ayurveda series and more.


It has been a pleasure reading Eat Well, Be well.  Lois has captured the beauty and simplicity of this ancient system of medicine. Ayurvedic key concepts were not sacrificed but rather incorporated so that even a novice will find the ease within the pages.  I was delighted when the author pointed out that the human body works the same way today as it did in the past with the ancient rishis.  This book is a new found treasure for the Ayurvedic profession, and gives the reader a format to use and appreciate!  Enjoy the top ten Ayurvedic tips for essential wellness on page 24 and experience the six tastes with her creatively healthy recipes.  This is my new favorite cookbook!  Dr. Margrit Mikulis, Owner of Living Natural Inc., NAMA Board Member, Clinical Faculty at The Kripalu School of Ayurveda


Eat Well, Be Well is an exceptionally accessible guide to cooking and eating according to Ayurvedic principles. Lois Leonhardi has created recipes that are beneficial for all constitutional types, making one’s entry into Ayurveda easy and fun.  The adaptions listed with each recipe make this cookbook appropriate for those with more experience with Ayurveda as well. As most of the recipes are not East Indian, I am confident that everyone will find many meals they will enjoy. Eat Well, Be Well  provides a very concise and colorful summary of Ayurvedic cooking and its enormous benefits. Dr. Sharada Hall, Owner of Bodhimed Ayurveda & Acupuncture


This book is a complete resource for anyone wanting to build health through food.  It’s an inviting book that can teach any cook how to use the principles of Ayurveda. The quality of the recipes invites the reader into the kitchen with simplicity and savor. I can’t wait to introduce my students to this book as it has the promise to transform their palate toward a desire for more nourishing food.  Kerri Eich, Director, School of Health and Environmental Sciences,  University High School, Los Angeles


It is my goal to help people move toward a holistic understanding of health that has been practiced successfully for centuries. Reading the book is the first step to increasing your awareness about the possibility for change simply through the foods you eat. Beyond that the opportunities are infinite.