One of the coolest features of the Red Rocks Fitness Challenge is the opportunity to take online nutrition classes. I attended my first class tonight and was very pleasantly surprised at how interesting and applicable the topic of discussion was. Before signing on, the instructor, Tracey Stevens, emailed me a survey entitled “Ayurvedic Questionnaire”. The questions fell into five categories: mental, behavioral, emotional, physical and fitness with 3 choices each. The scores fell into three areas: winter/vata, summer/pitta and spring/kapha. My scores ended up pretty evenly balanced between these three areas with my personality most aligned to vata or winter.
I learned that Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system known as the “science of life” . The three aforementioned categories, vata, pitta and kapha or “dosha’s” refer to elemental substances that roughly describe a person’s personality, propensity to certain illnesses and preferences. According to the survey, I am primarily vata or winter, for example, since I tend to me more quick, imaginative, speedy, energetic, etc. But with these qualities, I also have a propensity toward certain physical ailments related to skin disorders, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, etc. So, using the information about my personality type, I can work on balancing myself out with a better diet, exercise and lifestyle plan.
In summary, our instructor gave us some homework to assist us in our weight loss/maintenance goals. I think her suggestions could be helpful to everyone so I am sharing them here:
- Rise with the sun.
- Morning time between 6 and 10 am is the best time for physical activity.
- Eat a decent breakfast with protein when you are hungry. 9 am is OK.
- Eat a large midday meal as close to 1:30 or 2 pm as possible. Eat until you feel full.
- Eat a snack for dinner or nothing at all.
- No snacking between meals.
- Go to sleep by 10 pm or when tiredness comes.
- Eat foods that are in season.
- Participate in physical activity that helps balance you out. I should do yoga, for example, because it might slow me down.
- Moisturize inside and out.
I am looking forward to learning more about Ayurveda and how it might enhance my life. What about you?