Experiment in Ayurveda: Eating for Vata Dosha
My diet is pretty healthy because I have been dealing with asthma and food sensitivities for a long time. I stopped drinking alcohol about 3 months before I began the yoga teacher training. I gave up red meat and sugar. My body changed through diet and exercise but I still suffer with asthma and sinus issues.
My visit with Ayurvedic doctor Alakananda Ma revealed that I was a Vata Dosha. This changed my whole perspective mid stream on my diet. This explained a lot to me. I had been eating foods that were not right for my dosha all along. The teas have supported my immune system and I feel really good when I take them. In combination with my visit to Alakananda and Dr. Singer (D.O./alternative Dr. deals with chronic issues), I figured out a directional plan for my health.
The foods within the Vata diet were much different than I had been eating. Although I was eating healthy foods, they were the wrong foods for my Dosha. Plus, I ate way too many carbs., having Reactive Hypoglycemia. My protein was low, I was advised to eat meat. I bless it. Since I have cut the carbs., increased my protein, I have felt much better. I haven’t felt dizzy, as if I was going to pass out during yoga for a couple of weeks now. I have increased my sadhana and asana practice to daily!
This experiment has really guided me. It would be such a beautiful thing if Eastern and Western Medicine would just get along. They compliment each other. At this time, I don’t feel that I could have the improvement that I have had, one without the other. I need some medication, to transition me off my steroid inhalers, prescriptions of high dose probiotics to boost my immune system, shots in my butt of iron and B12 and wow, I feel normal again. The Ayurvedic diet has been key and the teas are amazing.