Are you confused about what’s best for you to eat? If your answer is 'yes,' I’m not surprised.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet. Something as small as a daily hot coffee is beneficial for overcoming imbalance for some people, yet not as good for others. The following quiz will assist you in understanding your body’s constitution, your dosha or true nature. This is a prerequisite to understanding what’s best for you to eat, and why. Just because one 'healthy' beverage, or food, such as blueberries, cauliflower, avocados or coffee is beneficial for one person, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you, or me.
According to Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest whole-body healing systems, to determine whether it would be better for you to add meat to your diet or eliminate it, eat this vegetable or that one, incorporate protein, carbs, raw or cooked food—which beverages, herbs and spices would bring balance to your constitution—you need to know your primary constitution.
Taking the quiz below will give you a breakdown of your proportion of each of the three doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha—within your unique mind-body constitution, and how they play a role in your mind-body physiology.
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re using a few Sanskrit words, such as vata, pitta and kapha (VPK). This is necessary because there are no single words in English to convey the same meanings.
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Understanding VPK is important because Ayurveda provides blueprints, optimal food lists, that are are designed to bring balance to vata, pitta or kapha. These food lists are not restrictive, written in stone, or fad diets. They are guidelines that simplify bringing your unique nature, or constitution, into balance.
Dosha Quiz—Discover Your Constitution
Each question has buttons to answer YES or NO. As you read the descriptions, more than one choice may resonate with you. However, rather than thinking back to when you were a child, only indicate yes or no to what resonates with you now. Work quickly. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Follow your instincts and go with your first instinct. The whole questionnaire shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Be sure not to omit any questions. There are no right or wrong answers, and this isn’t a test of intelligence or ability. It's simply a measure of the way you feel today: