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.
Now that you know your type, here are the foods associated with each:
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.
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.
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.
Adapted from What’s Your Dosha, Baby? by Lisa Marie Coffey (Marlowe and Company, 2004).