Diet and Dosha: Ayurveda tells you what you should eat
Ayurvedic texts believe that each of us are comprised of different dominant energies called doshas. They believe that these doshas refer to the dominance of these energies in the mind and body. There are 3 kinds of doshas or energies- vata, pitta and kapha. If you are the vata dominant type, you will have certain specific traits and concurrent personality. Eating foods suited to vata dosha will benefit you. Likewise, it is true for the other two doshas too. Not eating according to dosha can result in unwanted weight gain, bloating and other such issues. Eating foods that are unsuitable for your dosha can cause weight-gain, bloating and other such issues.
But how do you know what your dosha is and what to eat? Here is your guide to identify your dosha and the foods suitable for that dosha:
Vata dominant personalities are generally spacey, anxious, lively, talkative, emotional, sentimental and innately creative. They speak fast, are curious about everything, overtly sensitive and excited at the same time. Though they love warmth in any sense, they are likely to suffer from dehydration, constipation, anxiety and insomnia.
Here’s what you should eat if you are the Vata type:
- Steamed and boiled veggies (like broccoli, cauliflower)
- Soupy grains like wheat and rice
- Ripe fruits
- Warm milk
- Spices like cardamom, fennel seeds, salt cloves, black pepper etc.
- Hot beverages like tea.
- Raw vegetables
- Unripe fruits
- Iced drinks
Persons with pitta body type have excess of agni (fire) in them. Pitta dominant qualities include good appetite, intelligence, good digestion, short-temper and like cold weather. They’re sharp, outspoken, good decision-makers, sensitive and are not too fussy about food. Their trouble spots are acidity, overeating, heartburns, indigestion and having too much salt.
What to eat if you’re the Pitta type:
- Sweet fruits
- Moderate amount of dairy products
- Cooling spices like cloves, cardamom
- Vegetarian foods are said to be best for this body type
- Soupy grains like rice, oats and barley
- Unripe or soup fruits
- Red meat
- Oily or fried food
- Hot spices
Kapha body types are more on the heavier side and can retain watery fluids in their body better. They are methodical, easy-going, calm, thoughtful, loving and have stronger immunities. Some of their other qualities include radiant skin and having a liking for sleep.may suffer depression, asthma and diabetes. They try to hold on to things very closely and as a result suffer from depression, asthma and diabetes.
What to eat if you’re the Kapha type:
- Warm, dry and light foods
- Raw vegetables
- Ripe fruits (except banana)
- Grains like oats, rye, and corn
- Honey instead of sugar
- Strong spices like pepper, ginger and cumin
- Deep-fried foods
- Dairy products
- Chilled foods and drinks
(PS: You could be dominant in two doshas also)
Aishwarya Iyer is a chai-vanist, Murakami fan, considerate companion and a bubbly speaker with a fanaticism for fitness.