Ayurveda – Diet

I have a friend who works as a yoga teacher, while living with her for a week this summer we talked about the Ayurvedic lifestyle and especially the Ayurvedic diet. As with any diet you shouldn’t take it to seriously (I mean ice cream at least once a week is a must), everything is good i reasonable amounts.

The Ayurvedic diet or eating for your body type divides people in to three body types the Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. Most people end up being a combination of them since each body type is determent by characteristic.

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Vata

– Thin, tend to be cold, dry skin and hair

– They learn fast and forget fast, enjoy change, and are very creative

– Excitable, enthusiastic, but can become easily anxious

The dietary recommendations for Vata individuals are to avoid dry/crunchy foods, carbonated beverages, and cold/raw vegetables. Their ideal diet consists of warm, cooked, soupy foods; cooked cereals; nuts; cooked vegetables; and hot milk. Also, ghee, which is clarified butter, is particularly good for Vata individuals.

Pitta

– Medium build, have a tendency to always feel warm. Have premature graying hair or balding and reddish complexions.

– High energy levels; and have really strong digestion – they can eat almost anything

– They are extremely intelligent, focused, ambitious people.

– They are passionate about life, have a tendency to be perfectionists, and can become easily irritated

Pitta people should avoid hot spices, alcohol, coffee, vinegar, and acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes. They should eat sweet juicy fruits such as mangos and melons. They should also include lots of cooling vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, kale and lettuce, in their diet.

Kapha

– They have wide hips/shoulders; thick wavy hair; good physical stamina.

–  Kapha types tend to me slow to learn, but they have great memories.

– They tend to be very loyal, stable, and reliable.

Kapha people should reduce oil/fats, sweets and salt as much as possible due to their sluggish digestion. Instead, they should focus on cooking with lots of spices, eating large amount of vegetables, and high fiber foods such as legumes.

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If you want to find out what diet fits you take this quiz!

Read about how Stefanie changed her diet for a month!

Does anyone have experience with the ayuruvedic diet?

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