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The Best Foods for Your Life Energy Type

The Best Foods for Your Life Energy Type

The ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda teaches that we each belong to one of three basic energy types, which influence everything from relationships with others, to lifestyle and food choices.

First, take the quiz to find out your Life Energy Type, or dosha. Then see which foods are right for your type, so you can feel and look your best. And be sure to check out What’s Your Dosha, Baby? for a fun look at finding love and success in relationships.

Here is the Life Energy Quiz, or go to What’s Your Dosha.

Now that you know your type, here are the foods associated with each:

VATA
FRUITS: Sweet, soft fruit is best: apricots, avocados, bananas, blue berries, cherries, grapes, mangoes, melons, papaya, peaches, pineapples.

VEGETABLES: Vegetables should be cooked, not raw. Favor asparagus, beets, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, onions.

GRAINS: Choose oats (cooked as cereal), rice, wheat.

MEATS: Avoid red meat. Choose, in small quantities, chicken, seafood, turkey.

NUTS AND SEEDS: All nuts are okay; almonds are best.

PITTA
FRUITS: Avoid fruits that are sour or unripe. Favor apples, avocados, cherries, coconuts, figs, mangoes, melon, sweet oranges, pears, raisins.

VEGETABLES: Favor asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, leafy greens, lettuce, okra, peas, potatoes, sweet peppers, zucchini.

GRAINS: Choose barley, oats, wheat, white rice.

MEATS: Avoid red meat and most seafood. Choose, in small quantities, chicken, turkey, shrimp.

NUTS AND SEEDS: Avoid most nuts and seeds, except coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.

KAPHA
FRUITS: Avoid fruits that are sweet, sour, or very juicy. Choose apples, apricots, cranberries, pears, pomegranates; dried fruits fare good.

VEGETABLES: Almost all vegetables are good for Kapha except for sweet and juicy vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and zucchini.

GRAINS: Avoid hot cereals and steamed grains. Choose barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, rye.

MEATS: Avoid red meat and most seafood. Choose, in small quantities, chicken, shrimp, turkey.

NUTS AND SEEDS: Avoid most nuts and seeds, except sunflower seeds.

Read more: Alternative Therapies, Ayurveda, Food, Health, Self-Help

Adapted from What’s Your Dosha, Baby? by Lisa Marie Coffey (Marlowe and Company, 2004).

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11:36PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you.

11:36PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you.

11:35PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you.

11:35PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you.

7:23PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

thanks!

9:18AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

I'm a misfit! I don't really fit into any one of these categories and enjoy almost all these foods equally ~ but not beets!!

8:46AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

I think the way everyone digests food is unique to their own body. Some people cannot tolerate certain foods or can only eat it prepared a certain way. Some will accumulate gas or take constant trips to the bathroom or even find that certain foods make them urinate a lot. People should eat what they enjoy and foods that agree with them and make them feel nourished and satisfied. I don't believe that we should be purists in any way or allow ourselves to be categorized by someone else's ideology. In a world of starving people...count your blessings and the fact that you CAN enjoy food.

7:45PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Sounds interesting.

6:15PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

It looks like my "type is a Vatta/Pitta mix. I do love seafood, though, so probably more Vatta. I am glad to see both like mangoes and pineapple, two of my absolute favorites.

2:54AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

thanks for the info

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