To design your diet & lifestyle plan... blend together what you know about yourself with Ayurveda & Western nutrition
The question I’m most frequently asked is:
Is it better to eat raw or cooked, vegan or vegetarian, fish or chicken, meat or vegetables, or something else?
The answer of course depends upon the individual—his or her unique constitution, tastebuds, beliefs and lifestyle. Yet western nutrition provides no information about how to individuate a person’s diet. And that’s why scholars refer to Ayurveda as: "The Ancient Wisdom of Life and Mother of All Healing".
According to Ayurveda, the universe is the interplay of: ether, air, fire, water and earth. Ayurveda groups these five elements into three basic types of energy: vata, pitta and kapha (VPK), that are present in everybody and everything.
Since every person’s constitution consists of variable amounts of vata, pitta and kapha, no two people are the same. Knowing and understanding your specific combination is like shining a light of awareness on your strengths, weaknesses, needs, physical characteristics, personality, and dominant senses.
air & space
fire & water
earth & water
Vata regulates bodily motion: awakening, breathing, chewing, swallowing, thinking, nerve impulses, muscle movements, peristalsis, bowel movements, urination and menstruation.
Think of pitta as “fire”—heating, cooking, burning or transforming. The energy of pitta is: metabolism, digestion, and the regulation of temperature, sensory perception and comprehension.
Kapha governs lubrication, stability and structure. Kapha energy is grounding. Yet an excess of kapha leads to excess weight. To release excess weight, pacify kapha!
To come into balance vatas need rest, pittas may need to tame their fiery tempers, and kaphas need to become more physically active.
To discover more, take this short quiz: What's Your Constitution.
Fortunately, Ayurveda offers optimal food and lifestyle guidelines—based on each constitution and the season of the year—from which you can handpick the diet that’s “right” for you.
"If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; if diet is correct, medicine is of no need!" ~ Ayurvedic saying
Ayurveda’s drawback is that it doesn’t address: organic, processed foods, preservatives, additives or the condition of the soil. Five thousand years ago when Ayurveda was first developed everything was organic, seasonal and came directly from the fertile unspoiled ground—there was no need to distinguish.
Today, however supermarkets import fruits and veggies throughout the entire year from all over the world so it’s easy to get bamboozled. The shelves are lined with an overabundance of processed products labeled with misleading jargon. It's difficult to know what’s healthy and what’s been added or taken away. Fortunately, many of us in the West are questioning whether an item is local, seasonal and organic.
As conscious consumers we want to know if the fish we’re considering eating was caught wild? Are the eggs pasture raised and cage-free? Are there hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, preservatives or sugars added to the products we’re considering eating? And, weather labeling is accurate or misleading.
My passion as a Global Nutritionist is to demonstrate how to be empowered in every food situation imaginable. Optimal health, ideal weight and that luminous glow are the result of integrating all you know about your self with both Eastern and Western nutrition. Satisfy your unique taste buds and lifestyle by handpicking the best foods to bring balance to the amount of vata, pitta and kapha in your constitution. Fortunately, the same foods and beverages that balance your body will also feed your soul.
Taking the quiz: What's Your Constitution, is an important first step to understanding your constitution and authoring the diet you’ll want to stay on. Check it out.
Fortunately, no matter what’s approved by the food and drug administration—ultimately we get to decide what to put into our own shopping cart and body!