For the ancient Vedic physicians who developed Ayurveda, the act of eating and the choice of what to eat were profoundly important. The principles they arrived at have been refined through the centuries and are notable both for their good common sense and their congruence with current research on nutrition, weight management, and eating disorders. Quite simply, they work.
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An Ayurvedic Approach for Reaching Your Ideal Weight
The most important principle in achieving your ideal weight is to gauge your healthiest state by personal measures, not by comparing yourself to others. We are constantly bombarded with messages from the media about what the human body should look like, and it’s easy to forget that there is no need to create a “new you” in order to solve a weight problem. As long as you are not clinically obese (defined as being 25 percent above normal weight for your height), what you should weigh is really a subjective matter. Your ideal weight is unique to you and your physiology. It cannot be expressed as a three-digit number on an insurance company’s chart. When you feel healthy, energetic, vital, and comfortable with your body, you are at your ideal weight. You are the sole person who can determine this.
Eat to Balance Your Mind-Body Type Ayurveda teaches that all health-related measures, whether an exercise program, dietary plan or herbal supplement, must be based on an understanding of an individual’s mind-body type, known as a dosha. Your dosha reflects your innate tendencies, including your temperament, metabolism, energy level, learning style, and many other aspects of your body, mind, and emotions.
The three primary dosha types are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These doshas express themselves through eating in characteristic ways. However, if you are overweight or coping with addictive eating behaviors, there is usually an underlying Vata imbalance. Keep this in mind as you read the descriptions of each of the doshas that follows.
Vata The predominant qualities of Vata are movement and change. If your primary dosha is Vata, you will tend to be always on the go, with an energetic and creative mind. Vatas are naturally thin, with a light frame and characteristic narrow shoulders and hips. They often have prominent joints, veins, and tendons. As long as Vata is in balance, you will be lively and enthusiastic. If excessive stress in your life leads to your Vata force becoming imbalanced, your activity will start to feel out of control. Your mind may race, contributing to anxiety and insomnia.
Pitta If you had to choose one word to describe Pitta, it would be intensity. Pitta types enjoy a strong appetite and ability to digest food, information, and experiences. They like challenges and have a sharp intellect and enterprising character. They have a muscular, medium build and are well proportioned. When the Pitta dosha becomes imbalanced, heat begins to rise in the body and mind. Heartburn, ulcers, hypertension, and inflammatory conditions reflect excessive accumulation of Pitta. On the level of the emotions, too much Pitta manifests as irritability and anger.
Kapha People with a predominance of Kapha in their nature have a solid, powerful build and great physical strength and endurance. They are slow and graceful in action, with a tranquil, relaxed personality and strong retentive memory. When Kapha builds to excess, however, weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies are likely to manifest in the body. Excess Kapha in the mind manifests as resistance to change and stubbornness. People with an excess of Kapha tend to hold onto things, jobs, and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary.
Guiding you to Balanced Diet
Ayurveda places a great emphasis on the sensations and pleasures of eating nutritious food and a balanced diet. From the Ayurvedic perspective, a balanced diet isn’t just about getting the right amounts of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins – it is also about another extremely important quality Taste: Ayurveda recognizes six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Including all six tastes in every meal not only ensures that all major food groups and nutrients are represented, but it also provides us with the feeling of satisfaction in eating.
Dt. Ankita Gupta Sehgal, Nutrition Matters Brings You The Holistic Approach To Balance The Three Elements – Vata, Pitta And Kapha In Order To Achieve Optimal Health. A 15 Days – Body Balance Diet Plan, Basis Your Body Constitution Which Brings You Closer To Your Health Objective And The Ideal Weight.
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