Ayurveda is a system of healing that has been in successful use for thousands of years. Do you connect with any of these qualities? You may find that if you practice the balancing factors you feel much better more of the time.
3. Ayurvedic psychophysiologic constitutional tendencies as found in the dosha forces kapha/ pitta/ vata.
Summary of Ways to Balance Vata People
- Live in a warm, moist, tranquil environment with a minimum of wind.
- Keep warm.
- Live moderately and in a balanced, regular way in harmony with Earth cycles.
- Always be gentle to oneself.
- Avoid all physical, emotional, and mental excesses.
- Eat warm and moist foods that have some oil content and do not stimulate gas (avoid beans).
- Avoid drinks and foods that have been chilled, frozen, or have ice cubes.
- Eat foods that have sweet, salty, and sour tastes and are not light and dry (avoid dried or dehydrated food).
- Get adequate sleep.
- Meditate regularly to maintain a calm mind.
- Try to make the environment as secure and safe as possible.
Summary of Ways to Unbalance Vata People
- Avoid calm, soothing environments.
- Be excessively physically and mentally active with travel, over scheduling, overworking, excessive fasting, or extended periods of any extreme.
- Live chaotically without any regular schedule or rhythm connected with the natural Earth cycles, such as working a graveyard shift, eating irregularly, and being on the run.
- Don’t get enough sleep, rest, or meditation.
- Live in a windy, cold environment.
- Use cocaine, speed, and other drugs.
- Overly act out or suppress feelings.
- Eat dry, frozen leftovers; cooling, light, bitter, astringent, and pungent foods.
- Engage in worry, fear, and excess mental activity.
Summary of Ways to Balance Kapha People
- Lead an active, creative, and stimulating physical, emotional, and mental life.
- Have daily exercise and stimulating friends and work environment.
- Minimize TV viewing.
- Eat foods that are warm, dry, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
- Minimize sweet, salty, oily, heavy, and sour foods.
- Eat an 80% raw-food diet.
- Eat the minimum to feel satisfied.
- Minimize fluid intake to three or four cups per day.
- Express your feelings in the moment.
- Throw away the turtle shell you wear and try to interact with the world.
- Maintain only those spiritual practices that keep you in contact with God’s divine nature and purpose for you.
Summary of Ways to Unbalance Kapha People
- Become a couch potato by overeating fatty, oily, fried foods, getting no exercise, and napping after meals.
- Eat at least one sweet, oily dessert and lots of ice cream and other dairy products each day while watching TV.
- Overeat and concentrate on sweet, oily, salty, and cooling, frozen, chilled, and watery foods.
- Eat an excess of wheat bread and pastries.
- Avoid all exercise.
- Suppress all creativity and do one’s best to become inert mentally and physically.
- Create no waves in your life or job and do a lot of repetitive work.
- Use tranquilizers to excess and hypnotics.
- Avoid all emotional expression and all conflict.
- Live in a wet, humid, cold climate.
- Be a collector.
- Become deeply involved in ritual and orthodoxy.
Summary of Ways to Balance Pitta People
- Live in a cool and calming personal, social, and work environment.
- Avoid excess heat, humidity, and steam in the environment, such as hot tubs and excess sun, as well as in all relationships and activities.
- Meditate regularly and strive for peace with self, friends, and humanity.
- Learn to express feelings and thoughts in constructive and supportive ways to those around you.
- Focus on being in a state of universal, unconditional love.
- Eat cooling, sweet, bitter, and astringent foods, with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.
- Eat a bland, 80% raw-food diet.
Summary of Ways to Unbalance Pitta People
- Live in a hot, dry climate, exercise in hottest time of the day, and wear tight clothing.
- Avoid cool and peaceful places, relationships, and lifestyles.
- Act out all aggressive, angry feelings and thoughts.
- Be a bully.
- Work in a high-stress, competitive job.
- Keep life as frustrating, warlike, argumentative, and agitating as possible.
- Associate with people who share and encourage these toxic behaviors.
- Do not meditate.
- Drink alcohol in excess and use marijuana, speed, and cocaine.
- Eat large amounts of spicy, hot, oily, sour, acid-producing, and salty foods.
- Indulge in large amounts of red meat, tomatoes, hot peppers, garlic, onions, sour foods, yogurt, and caffeine.
Sorting out the most appropriate diet in this complex field requires looking at all the factors. The most important point to remember is that we are unique individuals, and as such we best serve ourselves by developing a diet pattern that is unique to our physiology.
There is no one diet for everyone nor one nutrient that will work miracles for everyone. Conscious living means to remain conscious. It implies being your own scientist and entering into a process of trial and error as you finetune your diet. Rediscovering how to eat in a way that best enhances our health, well-being, and joy is a noble endeavor. When we change our diet so that it si optimal for us, it positively influences all our biological systems and every aspect of our health and well-being.
There are three essential questions to remember:
- Am I emotionally stable after eating?
- Do I have increased physical energy after eating?
- Am I craving any foods?
The answers to these questions cannot be obtained from any book. They must come from our own experience. This is a most important key to conscious living.
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- Cousens Md, Gabriel (2009-03-03). Conscious Eating: Second Edition (Kindle Locations 857-864). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.