Ayurveda has three main focuses: healing, prevention, and health care. Ayurveda focuses on the science of using food as medicine for each person’s healing process. When we consume the right food in adequate amounts, it gives us long life and youthfulness. When consumed in inadequate amounts, it increases the production of toxins. Most diseases are a result of inadequate food health. What the Ayurvedic diet stresses is also the importance of eating for your specific body type or dosha.
There or are three types of dosha: VATA, PITTA, and KAPHA. The most accurate way to determine your dosha is to see an ayurvedic physician or you can take your dosha quiz here! I am a combination of Vata and Pitta. According to Dr. Oz’s dosha quiz, “Vatas tend to be smaller in frame, which makes them prone to being colder.” And, “Pittas are strong and muscular, with a medium build. They tend to be more intense and fiery.” The both of these together really do sound like the perfect description of my body type. I am 5 feet, have super small feet, but I am also very naturally muscular and have a thicker build.
The Ayurvedic diet asks that I perform a coconut oil massage to my scalp and feet for 5 minutes before showering in order to battle my over-stressed workaholic tendencies (truth!). It also asks that I drink a mixture of a quarter-cup of aloe vera juice with a half-cup of pomegranate juice in the morning on an empty stomach in order to battle digestive issues. To battle stress, it recommends that I eat a teaspoon of calming rose petal jam, either alone or with toast. Here is a more detailed example for the Pitta diet. Staying away from spicy foods will be hard… so, baby steps.
Blog by Diana Oh