Are You Eating For Your Dosha?
Tall, short, apple or pear shape? You can be healthy at any shape, but when it comes to eating right for your type, one size doesn’t fit all.
Harness the wisdom from ancient Indian medicine, and find out what healthy foods work best with your body chemistry. TakeThe Chopra Center Dosha Quizto find out which of the three mind-body types you are, and then read below to see what that means for your diet.
Air Body Type (Vata)
You might be air if you’re tall, lean and have trouble gaining weight. I also call this the “banana” body shape. Air-types might not struggle with weight, but they have other health concerns like insomnia, dry skin and anxiety.
Balancing food: Eggs with omega-3 are a nutrient-rich, high-protein source that can help ground vata’s flighty nature. Contrary to what most people believe, the dietary cholesterol in eggs does not raise blood serum cholesterol according to a comprehensive study from Harvard. Adding foods and supplements rich in omega-3s to your diet may calm anxiety. Scramble your eggs with sliced mushrooms for added vitamin D.
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Fire Body Type (Pitta)
You might be fire if you’re muscular, medium built, and tend to carry weight around the mid-section when you do have a few extra pounds—the fire type is also known as the “apple” body shape. Fire types may or may not struggle with weight, but they certainly struggle with a nervous stomach.
Balancing food: Blueberries, which calm inflammation with their high-antioxidant load. They are also high in water, a boon for calming a fiery disposition. Blend berries with soy or rice milk for a delightful cooling shake.
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Earth Body Type (Kapha)
You might be earth if you’re petite, have a narrow waist, but more curves or muscles in the thighs, hips, and bottom area. Earth types tend to carry weight in the lower half of the body. They savor and enjoy rich foods, especially dairy or fiery food and they oftentimes have a slower metabolism.
Balancing food: Spicy chilies. When you feel sluggish or want to stoke the fires of your metabolism, hook into the powers of chilies. Eating hot chilies can calm an overactive appetite and help you to burn more calories for up to one hour after you eat them.
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