Take The Dosha Test!
The reality depends on fully understanding your own nature.
We all have at one time or another in our lives battled with weight issues, having either too much to lose or have troubled keeping it on. Do not underestimate the later scenario as it is just as frustrating and challenging as the first - believe it or not.
From personal experience, the first and most important aspects of achieving a normal weight for yourself are awareness and acceptance.
Wherever you happen to be on that varied spectrum of being “healthy”, is exactly where you are supposed to be at this time. Whatever your goal may be, based on what you know and perceive as being healthy, your body is the best tool for learning and understanding yourself to the core.
Awareness is an internal happening; the real master teacher abides within us and when we tap into her/his mastery of knowledge, listen and follow her guidance, we will at last be at peace with ourselves, whatever the body issue may be.
Acceptance is a realization without judgment that you are where you are because life is trying to teach you something in this regard.
The outcome is a much more balanced lifestyle & healthy weight according to your own prakruti – in Ayurveda, meaning “the nature you were born with.”
Being healthy depends on what is in accordance to your constitution based on the five elements, or the doshas in Ayurveda. You may have too much fire or be low on the earth element, therefore, although a salad is considered “healthy” it is not the most appropriate food for you at certain times. In the middle of the winter when your body’s internal fire is working overtime trying to digest your food and thoughts, and also to keep you warm with all systems of the body in check – you may need something warmer or heartier to best nourish your body.
Firstly, start by truly checking in with your daily eating habits, it will surprise you to find out the hidden unconscious habits we all have which are detrimental to our own health.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Is there balance in your lifestyle?
Do you cook at home or eat out mostly?
Do you eat when you are emotional? When you are not hungry? Do you stop at the first sign that you are full?
Do you have regular meals?
Are you aware of how much you are eating at the time you are actually eating?
Do you have a balanced breakfast?
Do you eat lunch between 12 and 1 PM?
Do you overeat after 8 PM?
Do you pay attention to how your body reacts after you eat poorly?
Are you able to choose healthy food when you eat out? While on the road? When pressed for time?
Are you drinking enough water to flush out toxins?
Are you following a detox programme 2 times per year, spring and fall?
How much do you exercise?
Do you do cardiovascular activity?
The overall answers to the above questions will paint a good picture of your eating habits and you will realize the changes you will have to make. Chances are that if you are practicing yoga, you may already have a general understanding of the right and the wrong foods to eat.
Secondly, take the assessment below to find out which Ayurvedic Dosha you are.
Thirdly, start a food journal.
Eat according to your nature. Ayurveda's aim is to balance the body’s fundamental forces known as "doshas" that govern each person.
Discover which dosha you are! Fill out the following questionnaire and choose the letter that describes you most:
1. What is your natural build that you were born with?
V = I am very short or very tall, with irregular body features and a small frame
K = I have thick & strong bones, lubricated joints and a wide & square frame
P = I am a medium build with a well-proportioned, naturally athletic body
2. What is the consistency of your sweat?
V = I sweat minimally
K = I sweat moderately, even when I am not exercising and I find that my hands are often clammy.
P = I sweat profusely, especially when it is hot
3. What is the consistency of your bowel movements and your body’s elimination of waste?
V = I am often irregular and constipated, with hard/dry stools
K = I am not irregular, but my elimination process is slower than average
P = I pass waste without difficult, often 2-3 times per day.
4. Describe your speech.
V = I speak quickly
K = My speech is slow and often labored
P = I speak sharply and am both clear and precise
5. How would you describe your thought patterns and the way you think about things?
V = I have many creative ideas but may not get them all done
K = I think slowly and cannot be rushed
P = I am precise, logical, a good planner and am able to complete tasks
6. How would you describe your emotional tendencies? (ask a friend or family member to answer this question for you)
V = I am nervous, anxious, fearful or fidgety
K = I sometimes get attached easily, can be possessive and stubborn
P = I sometimes feel angry, judgmental, irritable or self-centered
7. Which of the following attributes describes you the most overall?
V = Dry, rough, cold erratic
K = Dense, cold, dull, naturally strong
P = Hot, sharp, intense, oily
Tally up your score based on how many V’s, K’s and P’s you circled.
If you are V: VATA
Made out of ether & air, you need to center and ground, practice yoga and meditation, eat nurturing warm food and avoid anything dry and cold (especially in the winter).
If you are K: KAPHA
Made out of water and earth, you need to engage in strenuous daily activities, practice power yoga and eat very light and healthy food in small amounts.
If you are P: PITTA
Made out of fire and water, you need to cool and calm down, practice pranayama (breathing exercises) and eat cooling, raw food such as healthy juices & smoothies.
Understanding what our nature needs during different times of the year, of the day, our age, our state of mind and mood, are the ultimate keys to finding the perfect balance within ourselves and our inner cosmos.
Liliana Galvis was born in Bogota, Colombia. She was drawn to health and movement thanks to an active lifestyle starting with Ballet and exposure to a well-balanced diet. Her love for dance and movement translated into a career as a Yoga teacher, Ayurveda therapist and writer. Her experience can be orchestrated under the umbrella of wisdom of the ancient medical system: AYURVEDA.
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