Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What’s Your Dosha

Hey there, hope you all are having a terrific Tuesday Open-mouthed smile. Today started off with a particularly tasty breakfast of waffles, and I actually used syrup!  I toasted two organic whole wheat waffles and topped them with a little butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and fresh organic blueberries. I also enjoyed some scrambled egg whites on the side (seasoned with salt, pepper, basil, parsley and cilantro).

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My sister went blueberry picking on Saturday so these were super fresh and quite delicious!

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The syrup and fruit were a nice change of pace from my normal toppings of almond butter and sliced banana. I’ll be eating this again soon!


What’s Your Dosha?

So now I’m going to bring out the medical side of me and take a break from the usual food and workouts to talk about something a little different. Today after lunch (which was the exact same lunch I had yesterday), I went to an educational lecture about Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is a type of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) that originated in India with a goal to “integrate and balance the body, mind and spirit.” Ayurveda focuses on therapies that revolve around specialized diets, exercise, herbs, massage, and acupuncture.

One of the important components of Ayurvedic medicine is the belief in doshas, or “life forces that control the activities of the body.” There are three different doshas: vata, kapha and pitta. While every person has a unique combination of them, there is usually a dominant one. During the lecture we took a little survey to determine what our dominant dosha was. We read through a list of characteristics and ranked them depending on how we thought they described us, with 0 meaning “does not describe the person” and 3 meaning “describes the person almost perfectly.” As I was filling mine out, it became pretty obvious what my dominant dosha was.

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Many of these characteristics describe me to a tee:

  • Has blonde or reddish hair and complexion
  • Perspires easily (I actually have hyperhidrosis)
  • Becomes uncomfortable if a meal is delayed
  • Hunger level is intense; needs regular meals
  • Eats moderately fast
  • Is quick tempered
  • Reacts with irritation to stress
  • Is determined

Yep, I’m definitely a pitta Open-mouthed smile. According to the website “What's Your Dosha,” here is a brief description of the pitta dosha:

“Pitta-type people are generally of medium size and well proportioned. They have a medium amount of physical energy and stamina. They also tend to be intelligent and have a sharp wit and a good ability to concentrate. Fire is a characteristic of Pitta, whether it shows up as fiery red hair or a short temper. Since Pittas' body temperature is generally warm, Pitta types can go out of balance with overexposure to the sun. Their eyes are sensitive to light. They are ambitious by nature but also can be demanding and abrasive.”


I bolded the descriptions that I thought pertained to me, which is pretty much all of them! Guess I’m your typical energetic, red-headed, short-tempered, sunglass-wearing, demanding pitta who doesn’t do so hot in the sun (no pun intended Winking smile).

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Click here to take a quiz and find out what your dosha is. Any other pittas out there?!

 

Dinner

Dinner tonight was tacos again (we just had them last week). Today’s taco fillings included refried black beans and ground chicken

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Plus the usual lettuce, guacamole, cheese and sour cream.

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Mmm mmm good.

 

Have a great night and let me know if you take dosha quiz! I’m curious to know your results!

Also, what’s your opinion on Ayurvedic and alternative medicine? Do you believe it’s a legitimate and effective way to treat patients?

I used to be pretty quick to say “no way” to this question, but I’m a little more open to the idea now. I definitely do not think it should substitute traditional medical practice, as it is complimentary medicine, but as long as the methods used don’t harm the patient, I see nothing wrong with it. After all, proper nutrition, regular exercise, and relaxation are all important components of good health anyways, and Ayurveda focuses a lot on these. As far as the use of herbal remedies go, I’m not quite on that bandwagon yet. There’s not enough evidence and too many side effects and drug interactions to support their use, in my opinion.

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