In an age of body obsession, food scrutiny, and fad-dieting, some people have begun to question what “healthy eating” actually is. Over processed foods are shoved in our face along with pictures of super-skinny models and a bombardment of warnings about what we can and can’t eat. But, it seems that this intense search for the perfect “healthy diet” has created a counterculture that looks to the past, not the future, for wisdom. Let us introduce, Dosha Dining.
Dosha is a 5,000-year-old philosophy that originates from what is now modern-day India and Nepal. Dosha uses the concept of energy to find the perfect balance for the mind and body. It is based on three central mantras, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Dosha presents the idea that everyone is born with a certain body-type, represented by these three mantras, the mantra your body falls in dictates what diet is best for you… Interested? Let’s learn a little more about the three mantras…
Vata – Vata individuals tend to have a thin body, with knobbly joints, thin skin, and dry hair but are highly creative and spiritual. These people should eat healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds and coconut oil to up their healthy fat intake which will help their bodies to maintain strong skin and hair, and nervous system. Stews and soups, hot cereals and herbal teas are great ways for Vatas to calm their sometimes overly creative qualities. Spices such as ginger, turmeric, and cayenne keep Vatas focus and help keep their digestion in good health.
Pitta – Pitta people tend to have a medium build, they are prone to sensitive skin, inflammation, and outbreaks of rashes as well as emotional outbreaks of anger. However, Pattas are also strong, hard working natural leaders. Pattas should consume food that can keep both their hot-headed side and skin cool and calm. Plenty of water, coconut water, refreshing fruits like bananas, watermelon, cucumber, and celery are perfect for keeping this body type in good balance. Pittas tend to prefer sweet, bitter-cool and astringent foods, which can help to keep their mood grounded.
Kapha – The Kapha body-type is larger, with oily skin, and may be prone to cellulite. Kaphas tend to enjoy sleeping which matches their traditionally calm character, but this can sometimes overflow into depression and lethargy when their Dosha is out of balance. Kaphas should avoid dairy, which increases mucus production and makes them feel lethargic. Processed starches should also be avoided! Raw vegetables, in particular, leafy greens, are a must for this body type and should be consumed daily. To keep a healthy mind, Kaphas should eat bitter, pungent foods that are light in texture.
Dosha deeply influenced the Indian diet, which is now recognized as one of the healthiest in the world. It is based on plenty of fibrous fresh fruit and vegetables, and low amounts of meat. Whether you believe in the spiritual side of Dosha eating or not, there’s certainly lots of scientific proof that this 5,000-year-old wisdom has created one of the healthiest diets in human history. So, why not try looking back to our ancient ancestors to see if their age-old way of life can be applied to modern day eating?