This day and age, one thing is very clear. And it’s this: we live in a world of fads. It’s the health and wellness industries in particular that have seen many trends come and go. Diets have especially become an obsession, and even a goal for some. While there is nothing wrong about engaging in a good endeavor for our bodies, it’s important to know what we’re getting ourselves into. After all, the fuel we take in plays a huge factor in how we live, think, and feel.
All this said, we got in touch with LIFE Studio’s Noelle Rodriguez—a yoga instructor and holistic health coach who’ll help us break down the first vital step to fitness: eating right. “Because of my background in yoga, I picked Ayurveda, which is the holistic science of health that originated in India 6000 years ago,” she quips. Here, we’ll discover the quirks of the Vata Dosha, the Pitta Dosha, and the Kapha Dosha, and give you tips for eating for each body type.
1. Vota Dosha
The Body Type: Vata types are generally thin with a slender frame, prominent joints and weak muscles. They tend to extremes (e.g. are particularly small or tall) or irregularities, sleep lightly, and thrive in warm climates.
Tips for eating: Generally speaking, sweet, salty, and sour tastes work well in their favor. However, a Vata needs to avoid anything cold or raw, red meat, dried and unripe fruit, and spices in large quantities as these may have an adverse effect on their bodies. They can also choose to add these herbs to their diet as they are deemed beneficial for their type: basil, bayleaf, cinnamon, citrus, cloves, lavender, pine, sage and vanilla.
Response to a poor diet: Activity will start to feel out of control and a Vata’s mind may race, leading to heightened bursts of anxiety and insomnia. Their digestion could also start to perform irregularly.
2. Pitta Dosha
The Body Type: They are known for a good digestive fire and a strong appetite. They also hardly gain or lose much weight.
Tips for eating: While sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are often this body type’s best friends, Pittas must reduce their intake for spicy food. A Pitta must also be careful to avoid sour or unripe fruit, red meat, seafood, and pungent spices and herbs. However, regular intake of spices like sandalwood, jasmine, mint, lavender, fennel, and chamomile is bound to do their body good.
Response to a poor diet: This body type is most prone to heartburn, ulcers, hypertension, and inflammatory conditions. Mentally, one may also experience frequent bouts of irritability and anger once imbalance is present.
3. Kapha Dosha
The Body Type: Kapha types have a solid frame with broad shoulders and wide hips. They tend to be either tall and strong or small and sturdy.
Tips for eating: It’s best for a Kapha to avoid sweet and juicy vegetables, sweet and sour fruits, hot cereals and steamed grains, red meat, and salt. While Kaphas also has to lessen their intake of heavy food and dairy products, they are encouraged to add herbs with warm stimulating aromas to their diet (i.e. Cloves, cinnamon, and juniper). Lastly, pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes should come out on top of a Kapha’s taste profile.
Response to a poor diet: Common manifestations include weight gain, fluid retention, and manifestation of allergies. Mentally, a Kapha with a poor diet is prone to unhealthy stubbornness. They tend to hold onto things or relationships in their lives even if they are no longer nourishing or necessary.
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