Thursday, October 22, 2009

Are hamburgers Kapha, Pitta or Vata?

You may have realised by now that I am a fairly introspective person. And by 'fairly' I mean 'very' :) But of late, I have been even more introspective than usual, just thinking about things. How things in life work, how I go about doing things. And as such, my reading list is wide and a little deep, as you can see from my book stack above.

What has prompted this is really one idea: I could be doing things a little better. I could feel a little better health-wise. I could approach what comes up in life's great cycle a little more calmly. There's room for improvement.

Health-wise, I have been dogged over the last couple of months by chronic sinusitis and a very delicate stomach, prone at the slightest provocation to upsets. But I keep going. Sniff my nasal spray, keep eating the same stuff I've been eating since I grew teeth. And the complaints are still there. Huh. Funny that. Maybe time to re-assess!

So, I've been reading about the Ayurvedic principle of well-being, with special reference to food. Don't ask me to explain it all to you just yet, but what I can tell you is that I am a Pitta-Vata type. Do you know anything about it? I'd love to discuss it with someone. But having said all that, I'm not going to get crazy about it. I'm still going to eat chocolate. Maybe even the odd hamburger if the mood strikes me. But I am going to try and put some of the principles in place - for now, I'm going to try the ideas that work for me, and see how I go. For some it might sound like half-measures, but I've found that the best approach for me is to take things one step at a time, not come over too ascetic or I'll give up. So tonight, I'm going to put together my own version of a Pitta-Vata dish. Rice, sweet potato, carrot, cumin and fennel seeds.

And I'll keep you posted on my journey of 1000 steps.

12 comments:

Wurst Semmel said...

That sounds complicated. For similar reasons, I'm detoxing from gluten currently. Your diet sounds far more interesting!

Just caught up on some of your older posts (I've been somewhat preoccupied!) - you mentioned Jackie (used to be a fervent reader many moons ago) and thanks for the award. My one and only!

DILLY said...

Dillt think Feronia be allreddy perfik.

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Stardust said...

Gee. sorry to hear about your nose and stomach. Do get well soon enough!

Helena said...

I know what you mean.

Re the foody side, I'm having to drop wheat and sugar as they both play havoc with my digestion. I've been doing this for 2 weeks now and I've dropped 3lb, withouth dieting and even it being the wrong time of the month so it must be having an effect!

As to the mental and spiritual, I am totally at a loss and searching for a new "philosophy of life", or even just trying to decide of I even need one. I'm blogging about this too, we must be both preoccupied! Maybe it is the change of seasons!!!!

Take care :)

Feronia said...

To Wurst Semmel -
Yes, I think it might be complicated, so I'm going to try and take it at my own pace, and take my own little angle on it...Gluten. Hmmm. Could be a culprit. You are *most* deserving of the award! And Jackie - brill! Do they publish magazines like that anymore?

To Dilly -
Thank you, Dilly. That has made my day :)

To Stardust -
Thanks...I think I just need to put a bit more thought into what I'm doing about my health.

To Helena -
Yes, I am suspicious of wheat and sugar. Especially sugar, because I do have a considerable sweet tooth. And losing a few kilos wouldn't hurt me, that's for sure! There *does* seem to be change in the air, doesn't there!!

Pina said...

I heard about this, but I didn't find it really appealing. I prefer eating food that grows where I live.

Btw, yesterday I had another visit to McD's, eating junk food again (though I never eat hamburgers, funny). So, your post today really made me smile (and think).

Feronia said...

Yes, eating local is definitely a good idea. McDs occassionally is not too bad either...! :)

Bodecea said...

Hi Feronia,

a test said I am a Pitta-Vata, too - me fiery?! Well... maybe my hair! ;-)

But I think it is possibly to change the health status with food at least a bit. I had stronge acid reflux for years, but after eating much cabbage, it has completly vanished.

Best
Bodecea

Feronia said...

Cabbage? That's interesting, Bodecea - thanks - because I have exactly that problem at the moment.

WirrLicht said...

http://altmedicine.about.com/library/quiz/bl_vata.htm

this says i am a vata-type. and, oh well, thats almost all i know about ayurveda, but its much like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humorism

luckyly, its easy to balance vata for me: i simply eat the stuff i like, anyway ;)

http://www.secretsof.com/content/2809

Bodecea said...

@Feronia - don't know if it is available in Australia, but you could try cabbage-juice. Or eat cabbage.

I have found out it wents better if I eat less fat and more dietary fibre, too.

Best
Bodecea

Feronia said...

To WirrLicht -
Thanks for the information on Humorism. I think eating what I like has got me into this mess in the first place! :)

To Bodecea -
Yes, perhaps I am eating too many refined foods...