BALANCING THE BODY WHILE WE EAT OR ADJUSTMENT OF THE DOSHAS WITH FOOD VATA

Balancing Doshas will correct and stabilize the physiology and functions under their control.

If you scored maximum on your VATA Dosha or if this is your prevailing Dosha, here are some suggestions:

 1. Diet and general recommendations to decrease Vata:

Warm, dense, soft meals and drinks are recommended, buttery food. Prevailing tastes in your food should be: sweet, salty and sour. You can eat well to satiety.

ImageCereals: rice, wheat, sprouted wheat, flax seeds.

Dairy: all dairy

Sweeteners: honey, molasses, cane sugar, natural syrups.

Vegetable oils: all

Fruits: all sweet fruits, water melon and melons.

Veggies: Steamed or boiled, beets, carrots, asparagus, potatoes, cucumbers, onion, dandelion, lettuce.

Nuts: all kind of nuts

Spices: onion, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, salt, clove, grain mustard.

Food of animal origin: goose, duck, fish, crab, horseflesh, chicken, lamb, eggs, seafood.

Soups: soup of dry flour, nettle soup, garlic soup, broth.

Herbs: licorice, nutmeg, ferula, juniper, elfwort, sophora, elder, raspberries, pine, canker-bloom, mallow.

The Vata type usually feel decrease in their energy during the second part of the day. Tea is recommended, especially Licorice tea.

If on the contrary your Vata is too low and you would like to increase it, the following diet is recommended:

General recommendations: light eating or fasting, dry meals, cool food. Tastes : bitter,  burning and astringent.

Cereals: barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye, oat.

Sweeteners: AVOID ALL

Dairy: AVOID ALL

Vegetable oils: AVOID ALL

Fruits: dried fruits, apples, pears, pomegranate, cranberries, olives.

Veggies: eat all veggies raw – cabbage, potatoes, peas, lettuce, spinach, parsley, celery, beans.

Nuts: AVOID ALL

Spices: pepper

Food of animal origin: beef, pork, rabbit.

Soups: peas soup.

Herbs and other: skullcap, barberry, Bunge pepper, gentian, sage, buttercup, acorns and oak bark. Brewer’s yeast, mummy and musk. The last three especially stimulate Vata.

WHAT IS MY DOSHA?

Every human being is born with his own Dosha combination. It is determined at conception. The integration of the principles “Air” “Bile” “Mucus” in the parents are rearranged when the sperm meets the egg. Additional energies/radiation and other influences from the environment impose “universal cliché” on these combination of Dosha/principles, and determines it for life.

 Fixed in this way, the individual Doshas will dictate the bones and the frame of the body, mental inclinations, character’s traits, gustatory habits, life span and many more. 

IN THE PROCESS OF LIFE WE CAN ACTIVELY INFLUENCE AND CHANGE THE RATIO COMBINATION OF THE THREE VITAL PRINCIPLES/DOSHAS. WE ARE CREATING OURSELVES. 

But as soon as we stop purposefully doing that, the combination of our Doshas/vital principals, quickly goes back to the one determined at birth. 

Depending on which Dosha prevails in the body, develops the individual constitution. According to Ayurveda, Chzud-Shi, and even modern science, thee are seven distinctive types of people and many intermediate. Three types are Monodosha – one of the Doshas is strongly expressed. The next three are with two strongly expressed Doshas/principles- Wind-Bile (Vata-Pitta), Wind- Mucus (Vata-Kapha) and Bile-Mucus (Pitta-Kapha), and the last type is the person with about balanced Doshas.           

 

Lets do the Dosha quiz 

 

VATA

 

1. Fine-boned, thin man.

2.The wrist is thin, feels cold and dry.

3. Quick movements, easy gait.

 

PITTA

1. Medium build, reddish hair, thin or gray hair, baldness.

2. Medium wrist, feels warm and pleasant. 

3. Movements are balanced, normal walking.

 

KAPHA

1.Boned, full- bodied man with tendency to gain wait.

2.Broad wrist, feels cold and wet.

3.Smooth movements, delayed, leisurely slow walking

 

BODY’S PHYSIOLOGY 

VATA

4.All processes run quickly.

5.In spite of a normal diet, challenging to gain wait, digestive problems.

6. Fast, light sleep.

 

PITTA

4.Unbalanced processes, run impulsively  – can run fast, than slow. 

5.Good digestion, but if the intake of food is delayed, feelings of irritation will occur. 

6.Sleep is good, with dreams.

 

KAPHA

4.Processes proceed slowly in the body.

5.Despite the normal diet, easily gains weight, difficulties to loose it.

6. Sleeps more than 8 hours, good peaceful sleep. 

 

PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTAL ABILITIES

VATA

7.I am enthusiastic and avid

8. Fast comprehend new information and also quickly forget.

9. People think of me as of very social and talkative person.

 

PITTA

7. I try to be punctual and organized. 

8. Sometimes I memorize new information quickly, other times difficult. 

9. I can get upset easily. 

 

KAPHA

7. New undertakings are challenging 

8. Challenging assimilation of new information, but once memorized, the retention is good.

9. Calm 

 

 

   FAVORED FOODS, SEASONS AND DISEASES

 

 

VATA

10. Warm, buttery, loves to eat well

11. Discomfort during cold weather, winter makes the skin dry

12. Fussines, weight loss, dry skin, constipation, arthritis 

 

PITTA

10. The food is cool, eat in moderation 

11. Discomfort during the hot season, tired during the summer

12. Inflammations with fever, stomach ulcers, heartburn, anxiety and irritability

 

KAPHA

10. Warn, dry food, not greasy, eat a little

11. Discomfort during the raining season, humidity.

12. Weight gain, depression, feeling cold, skin is pale, running nose

 

Now lets score the results using a simple 0-5 system.

0-  This does not describe me,this is not me.

1- I have something like that.

2- There is little of it.

3- Medium expressed.

4- Well expressed.

5- This future you have the most pronounced.  

 

After you put down the scores that you believe represent you best, separately calculate the scores for each Dosha by adding them together- for Vatta, Pitta,…. Than look which Dosha or a few of them score the highest. If the amount you score on one Dosha is 10 times higher that the next Dosha, this is your prevailing Dosha.

 

It is important to know what Dosha is and how it affects our body. When we have that knowledge, we have the tools to influence not only our moods, bodies, self-esteem, but also completely change our lives.   

      

 

 

 

 

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