What’s in it for you?
Many people ask me about diet and my opinion on some of the diets that are out there. If the diet sounds healthy, my main response is “how is it working for YOU?”
Diets are usually created with a “cookie cutter” mentality to appeal to the masses. They attempt to make it a “one size fits all” and say it will benefit everyone. This is not possible. Everyone is different; we have different constitutions and process food differently. One diet cannot possibly be beneficial to all.
Think of those protein drinks and smoothie diets. I have friends who feel energized and content after drinking them while I feel bloated and uncomfortable. Some people are happy munching on just a salad while others feel unsatisfied.
Ayurveda takes a different approach. In Ayurveda we explore your body type, your environment, your life style and whatever imbalances you may have. This process gathers a deeper understanding of an individual and based on that, recommends a diet that is best suited for you. Seems like a much more reasonable approach, right? Well, it’s been in use for thousands of years, so they must be doing something right!
According to Ayurveda, people are divided into three basic categories called doshas. The dosha categories are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Everyone has all three doshas within them, but most people tend to have a dominant dosha. Once your dosha is determined, there are further categories to refine the understanding of the individual. This takes into account your digestive process, your lifestyle and the foods that are in season.
Eating a diet that creates the optimal digestive experience just for you sets you up for success in any changes you may want to make; i.e.: losing weight, building muscle or feeling more energetic.
Working with an Ayurvedic practitioner is the best way to determine your dosha and what diet may be best suited for you. You can go online and take a dosha quiz, but these are not always reliable and you may find that your answers will vary depending on your present circumstances.
So don’t get frustrated when your friend seems to have the pounds drop off on a certain diet that seems to have no effect on you. It may simply be a matter of that diet being right for them and completely wrong for you!