As a vegan and a devoted shopper of Whole Foods and natural food stores, I run into a lot of products that claim to be Ayurvedic. Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old tradition from India that defines three distinct types of energy-mixes called “dosha” for each individual: vata dosha (space and air), pitta dosha (fire and water), and kapha dosha (water and earth). Ayurvedic practitioners believe that following a certain diet and behavioral guidelines to balance your dosha leads to physical and emotional well being.
As soon as I read the elements behind each dosha, I knew I had to be pitta (fire, duh). And the short descriptions of pitta on WebMd also fit me perfectly. For instance, pitta strength is “digestion” (check). But then here are pitta weaknesses: spicy foods, fatigue, and my Achilles heel, “spending too much time in the sun.” Uncanny!
I took this test on Ayurveda.org and it said…
My dosha is…pitta!
“Pitta people enjoy physical activity and have a strong appetite—often for sweets and cold drinks—and hardly gain or loose much weight. They quickly absorb information, know how to use them and have a good memory for things that are important to accomplish their goals.”