By: Verity Reign
So until now, I thought snacking was an excuse to binge on your favorite junk food. You grab your choice of chips (shouts out to Cheetos), pop a soda top, stretch across the couch and catch up on last season’s Scandal. Turns out, though, that I have been doing it completely wrong. The right way isn’t complicated but does require some discipline and better choices. According to Ayurveda, you should consider your dosha when you get your munch on between meals. Balance is key in feeling your best self, and for me (a Vata dosha) an overload of artificial flavoring and coloring does nothing positive for my wellbeing, mentally or physically. As a matter of fact, it does nothing positive for anyone’s wellbeing. Not only does feeding myself crappy foods create an unflattering tummy pouch, but it also makes me grumpy and easily irritated. To avoid those sluggish feelings in mind and body brought on by unhealthy foods, here are few snack tips that complement each dosha!
Vata: Vata people are typically slender in build and should eat often. Yogi (the tea people) suggests that if you’re the sensitive, creative, insomniac high vata type, go with three smaller than usual meals at regular mealtimes, and do two snacks throughout the day and one before bed. Whole grain snacks with a little natural sweetener are a plus, so lucky for us, whole grain oatmeal cookies are approved! Nuts are a great go-to snack as well and their very satisfying.
Kapha: Those with more Kapha “tend to be of larger proportions, with a robust frame and padded joints…” Digestion is usually slower, steady and smooth. People with more Kapha are often good to go with one or two meals and an occasional daytime snack. Some good Kapha snacks are fruits that aren’t too sweet, like apples, pears, and pomegranates. Kapha types can also indulge in crunchy snacks like kale chips, raw broccoli and cauliflower and homemade popcorn.
Pitta: Our Pitta friends “tend to be of medium proportions…” and can generally eat as often as they like. Those lucky dogs! Sweet fruit, like peaches, grapes and pears; and cooling vegetables, like lettuce and green beans, are great according to Yogi. Livestrong suggests staying away from sour fruits, such as rhubarb, grapefruit and cranberries.
Keep in mind that foods high in sugar and empty calories aren’t good for any dosha, so that eliminates the Cinnabon with extra frosting you were trying to justify. Click the dropbox on the “ayurveda 101” tab to take the dosha quiz, if you haven’t already. You can also click to learn more about your dosha specifically so you can have a better idea of what snacks work for you.