You are what you eat

The ancient practice of Ayurveda believes we’re made up of three different ‘body types’ that correspond to our physical and personality traits, known as doshas. They are vata, pitta, kapha. Most people are a combination of two doshas, but one typically predominates.

The characteristics are each dosha are:
Vata – Light build, creative, sensitive, discomfort in cold climates
Pitta – Medium build, productive, irritable, uncomfortable in sun/hot weather
Kapha – Heavy build, stable, easy-going, dislike cold/damp weather

The Ayurvedic diet identifies six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Each taste has different energetic effects on the mind and body; either aggravating or pacifying.

Here are some tips to balance out our doshas:

Vata responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance. Excessive consumption of bitter, astringent and spicy tastes contribute to vata imbalance. Pacify with sweet, sour and salty tastes and warm, moist, easily digestible foods.

Pitta becomes aggressive and irritable when unbalanced. Pitta imbalance may result from excessive alcohol or hot, spicy, oily, fried, salty, fermented foods; re-balance with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and cool, heavy foods.

Kapha has a tendency for mental and physical stagnation when unbalanced. Excessive food consumption can contribute to kapha imbalance, pacify with light, warm, low-fat diet of pungent, bitter and astringent tastes.

For my diet, I do not refrain from any food because I believe in moderation instead of refraining. Moderation is important and with mindfulness comes understanding and better self control.

Eunice Koh
200hr YTT (weekends)