I recently figured out my "dosha" and wondered if anyone had success following the guidelines suggested for each dosha. I am a combo pitta/kapha but very close between the 2. Some of the foods for one that are good are listed to avoid on the other.
I KNOW I KNOW I should just listen to my body and see what it needs/wants but I was curious if anyone had success following this route and what they were?? PS I am reading CONSCIOUS EATING by Gabriel Cousens--sp??
02-28-2006, 02:20 PM
I've wondered the same question -- what people's experiences were with the dosha. I don't remember what I am, but do remember that I too split bewtween two and that made it confusing. I also am reading one of his books -- Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine. I'm hoping to find my balance with food so I won't fight candida all my life. But doubting if I can do the no fruit for three months plan.
Life is interesting and sometimes too tough!
Hope you find your answer! Wish you could find mine (for me)!
02-28-2006, 02:51 PM
Personally, I've never followed an ayurvedic diet but I do know several people who have. From the pool of people I know, about half say "My life changed when I started eating according to my dosha, I could never go back, etc etc" and the other half said "I didn't feel bad but it took a lot of work and I really didn't see a big difference." None of these people were raw, it should be noted.
It seems to me like adding yet another dimension to raw could really be over-restrictive. Pretty soon there's just nothing left to eat. :)
I'd love to know what YOUR experience ends up being! Keep us posted!
02-28-2006, 02:54 PM
While I don't follow an aryvedic diet either I did start to incorporate some of Cousens' suggestions after I read Conscious Eating and did find them to be relevant for me. I'm a vatta.
I have a friend (an Indian friend, not raw) who is pitta who says eating aryvedically has totally helped her, in terms of maintaining energy/balance etc. So I would give it a try.
02-28-2006, 03:21 PM
That's an amazing book. I'm a vatta/pitta...I haven't followed the dosha guidelines yet but pm me and let me know if they work for you. I do know that it recommends oil foods for me and not a lot of raw veg I think, which is opposite of what I crave. I should delve into it more.
02-28-2006, 03:35 PM
I'm mostly vatta a touch pitta. I find it very helpful and follow Cousins suggestions all the way. I certainly need warming foods in my diet and it is possible to do raw.
02-28-2006, 05:08 PM
I just read the rainbow diet by Gabriel Cousins and I too am interested to know what others experiences are. I am pretty much Vata with a bit of pitta. My blood Type is 0. I have noticed my hands looking dry and wrinkly and I am only 32. I do 2 tbs of flax/day and have been doing green smoothies since last year. I am wondering if I should be eating more warming and oily foods.
02-28-2006, 06:18 PM
thanks for the interesting question about doshas. I think I am mostly vatta with a little pitta and a teensy bit of kapha. I have always had old looking hands. I am going to read that book and see if how it says eating would fit me and how I have been choosing on my own.
02-28-2006, 11:36 PM
I found some interesting info:
Vata types are generally thin and find it hard to gain weight. Vatas need to get sufficient rest and not overdo things, as they can tire easily.
Pitta types are generally medium sized and well proportioned. They also tend to be intelligent, with a sharp wit.
Kapha types tend to have sturdy, heavy frames. They are prone to gain weight easily. They often tend to have a positive outlook on life.
In Ayurveda, it is believed that each person is governed by one dominant dosha and you should eat according to that dosha. However, this article is concerned with Ayurveda and Raw Food, so I will only mention the foods that coincide with both these diets.
Balances: Sweet fruits, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, grapes, melons, asparagus, beets, cucumber, garlic, radishes, zucchini.
Aggravates: Dried fruits, apples, cranberries, pears, watermelons, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, raw onions.
Balances: Sweet fruits, avocado, coconut, figs, mango, prunes, sweet and bitter vegetables, cabbage, cucumber, okra, potatoes.
Aggravates: Sour fruits, berries, bananas, plums, oranges, lemon, pungent vegetables, garlic, onions.
Balances: Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, mangos, peaches, pungent and bitter vegetables, broccoli, celery, garlic, onion.
Aggravates: Sweet and sour fruits, bananas, coconut, melons, papaya, sweet and juicy vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes.
There are many suggestions in Ayurveda, which are very easily translated to a Raw Food Diet.
Such suggestions are:
Eat mainly seasonal fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains
Eat according to your constitution, or dosha
Fast for one day every two weeks
Establish a regular eating routine
Eliminate or limit caffeinated, carbonated and alcoholic beverages from your life
Drink herbal tea, fruit and vegetable juices
Thanks to all who responded....I guess I was a bit confused b/c one dosha says to eat one food like avocado--pitta then avoid it under kapha. Also pitta no spices and warming foods but yes to kapha. I am a close combo of them both....?? I feel his philosophies make some sense and wanted to hear feedback. I am 100% raw and grateful for that in itself __I just wondered of the raw I am eating I can fine tune it better??? Thanks again to all who wrote.
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