Ayurvedic quiz

AYURVEDIC QUIZ

This Ayurvedic quiz will give you a breakdown of your proportion of the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It gathers information about your basic nature-how you were as a child and the basic patterns that have been true for most of your life.  Because mental traits and behaviour tend to be more subjective, you should answer according to how you have felt most of your life or at least in the last few years.  Check the one that best describes you and tally up the answers at the end.  Whichever one is the highest is your dominant dosha.

OBSERVATION VATA PITTA KAPHA
Frame

 

❏      I am thin, lanky, and slender with prominent joints and thin muscles. ❏      I have a medium, symmetrical build with good muscle development. ❏      I have a large, round or stocky build. My frame is broad, stout or thick.
Weight

 

❏      Low; I may forget to eat or have a tendency to lose weight. ❏      Moderate; it is easy for me to gain or lose weight if I put my mind to it. ❏      Heavy; I gain weight easily and have difficulty losing it.
Eyes ❏      My eyes are small and active. ❏      I have a penetrating gaze. ❏      I have large pleasant eyes.
Complexion

 

❏      My skin is dry, rough or thin. ❏      My skin is warm, reddish in colour and prone to irritation. ❏      My skin is, thick, moist, and smooth.
Hair ❏      My hair is dry, brittle or frizzy. ❏      My hair is fine with a tendency towards early thinning or greying. ❏      I have abundant, thick and oily hair.
Joints

 

❏      My joints are thin and prominent and have a tendency to crack. ❏      My joints are loose and flexible. ❏      My joints are large, well knit and padded.
Sleep Pattern

 

❏      I am a light sleeper with a tendency to awaken easily. ❏      I am a moderately sound sleeper, usually needing less than eight hours to feel rested. ❏      My sleep is deep and long. I tend to awaken slowly in the morning.
Body Temperature

 

❏      My hands and feet are usually cold and I prefer warm environments. ❏      I am usually warm, regardless of the season, and prefer cooler environments. ❏      I am adaptable to most temperatures but do not like cold, wet days.
Temperament

 

❏      I am lively and enthusiastic by nature. I like to change. ❏      I am purposeful and intense. I like to convince. ❏      I am easy going and accepting. I like to support.
Under Stress

 

❏      I become anxious and/or worried. ❏      I become irritable and/or aggressive. ❏      I become withdrawn and/or reclusive.
TOTAL ___  VATA ___  PITTA ___ KAPHA

 

Once you have completed the Ayurvedic quiz, go to the meal plan below to see which foods to favour and which foods to avoid according to your dominant dosha.  You will also find a description of each dosha, their characteristics and how to balance each one.

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The Vata Dosha

Here are some of the common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Vata constitution.

●       Creativity, mental quickness
●       Highly imaginative
●       Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget
●       Sexually easily excitable but quickly satiated
●       Slenderness; lightest of the three body types
●       Talk and walk quickly
●       Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates
●       Excitable, lively, fun personality
●       Changeable moods
●       Irregular daily routine
●       Variable appetite and digestive efficiency
●       High energy in short bursts; tendency to tire easily and to overexert
●       Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance
●       Respond to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance
●       Tendency to act on impulse
●       Often have racing, disjointed thoughts
●       Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don’t perspire much
●       Typical health problems include headaches, hypertension, dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle spasms, lower back pain, constipation, abdominal gas, diarrhea, nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, premature ejaculation and other sexual disfunctions, arthritis. Most neurological disorders are related to Vata imbalance.

Physical Features

People of vata constitution are generally physically underdeveloped. Their chests are flat and their veins and muscle tendons are visible. The complexion is brown, the skin is cold, rough, dry and cracked.

Vata people generally are either too tall or too short, with thin frames which reveal prominent joints and bone-ends because of poor muscle development. The hair is curly and scanty, the eyelashes are thin and the eyes lustreless. The eyes may be sunken, small, dry, and active. The nails are rough and brittle. The shape of the nose is bent and turned-up.

Physiologically, the appetite and digestion are variable. Vata people loves sweet, sour and salty tastes and like hot drinks. The production of urine is scanty and the feces are dry, hard and small in quantity. They have a tendency to perspire less than other constitutional types. Their sleep may be disturbed and they will sleep less than the other types. Their hands and feet are often cold.

Psychologically, they are characterized by short memory but quick mental understanding. They will understand something immediately, but will soon forget it. They have little willpower, tend toward mental instability and possess little tolerance, confidence or boldness. Their reasoning power is weak and these people are nervous, fearful and afflicted by much anxiety.

Vata people tend to earn money quickly and also to spend it quickly. Thus, they tend to remain poor.
Vata Rejuvenation Diet

Without proper diet, medicine is of no use.  With proper diet, medicine is of no need.

In the first week, you may not feel better yet.  In fact, you may feel some fatigue, transient digestive symptoms, or moodiness, as impurities and wastes begin to be eliminated from your system.  This is part of the normal healing process.  Usually by the end of the second week, individuals begin to feel increased lightness, energy, clarity and well being.

General Principles:

  • Eat warm, soft, unctuous (oily), cooked foods.
  • Raw vegetables and salads should be generally avoided.
  • Drink room temperature or hot beverages.
  • Breakfast should consist of cooked cereal, cooked oatmeal, stewed fruits or soaked fruits
  • Avoid cold drinks and frozen desserts such as, ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc.
  • Avoid light, dry, crunchy food.
  • Favour sweet, sour and salty tastes.
  • Minimize bitter, astringent and spicy (hot) tastes.
  • Yogurt, cheese and sour cream should be eaten predominantly at lunch time

FAVOUR THE FOLLOWING FOODS:

Grains: oatmeal (cooked), rice (especially basmati), wheat products

Legumes: red lentils, yellow split mung beans (green skin removed), whole mung beans

Vegetables: artichoke, beets, bok choy, carrot, celery root, cucumber, tender eggplant, okra, white pumpkin, radish, spinach, summer/yellow squash, winter squash (acorn, buttercup, butternut), sweet potato, tomato, zucchini

Dairy: butter, cream, ghee, milk (boiled and served hot), yogurt, soft non-aged cheeses such as, ricotta, cottage cheese and cream cheese.  Panir (homemade cheese from milk), sour cream

Sweeteners: all sugar cane products, date sugar, fructose, honey

Oils: all (ghee is the most preferred)

Nuts and Seeds: (should be taken either roasted or soaked overnight) all nuts except peanuts; seeds should be taken in small amounts

Spices: anise, black pepper (in small amounts) cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, garlic (cooked/fried only), ginger, hing (asafetida), mustard seeds, rock salt or sea salt, tamarind: all other spices in small amounts

Fruits: all ripe sweet, juicy fruits: apricots, avocado, banana, berries, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, guava, kiwi, lemons, melon, mangos, oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapple, plums, pomegranate, tangerines, dried fruits (such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes),  apples and pears only if sweet and juicy or stewed.

Meat (if not a vegetarian): all white meats are ok but in small quantities.

REDUCE THE FOLLOWING FOODS:

Grains: barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, raw oats, rye

Legumes: all except yellow mung beans and red lentils

Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery stalk, green leafy vegetables, mature eggplant, onion, orange pumpkin, peas, potato, sprouts, orange, squash and raw vegetables

Dairy: ice cream, hard cheeses, powdered dairy products

Sweeteners: sugar substitutes

Spices: cayenne, chilli peppers, raw garlic, and other very hot spices

Fruits: unripe fruits, cranberries, guava, persimmon

Meat (if not a vegetarian): all red meats

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The Pitta Dosha

Here are some of the common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Pitta body type.

●       Medium physique, strong, well-built
●       Sharp mind, good concentration powers
●       Orderly, focused
●       Assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best; aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance
●       Competitive, enjoy challenges
●       Passionate and romantic; sexually have more vigour and endurance than Vatas, but less than Kaphas
●       Strong digestion, strong appetite; get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal
●       Like to be in command
●       When under stress, Pittas become irritated and angry
●       Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles; sunburns easily
●       Hair usually fine and straight, tending toward blond or red, typically turns grey early; tendency toward baldness or thinning hair
●       Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather; heat makes them very tired
●       Perspire a lot
●       Others may find them stubborn, pushy, opinionated
●       Good public speakers; also capable of sharp, sarcastic, cutting speech
●       Generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian
●       Like to spend money, surround themselves with beautiful objects
●       Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger
●       Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, hot sensations in the stomach or intestines, insomnia, bloodshot or burning eyes and other vision problems, anemia, jaundice.

Physical Features

These people are of medium height, are slender and body frame may be delicate. Their chests are not as flat as those of vata people and they show a medium prominence of veins and muscle tendons. The bones are not as prominent as in the vata individual. Muscle development is moderate.

The pitta complexion may be coppery, yellowish, reddish or fair. The skin is soft, warm and less wrinkled than vata skin. The hair is thin, silky, red or brownish and there is a tendency toward premature greying of hair and hair loss. The eyes may be grey, green or copper-brown and sharp: the eyeballs will be of medium prominence. The nails are soft. The shape of the nose is sharp and the tip tends to be reddish.

Physiologically, these people have a strong metabolism, good digestion and resulting strong appetites. The person of pitta constitution usually takes large quantities of food and liquid. Pitta types have a natural craving for sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and enjoy cold drinks. Their sleep is of medium duration but uninterrupted. They produce a large volume of urine and the feces are yellowish, liquid, soft and plentiful. There is a tendency toward excessive perspiring. The body temperature may run slightly high and hands and feet will tend to be warm. Pitta people do not tolerate sunlight, heat or hard work well.

Psychologically, pitta people have a good power of comprehension; they are very intelligent and sharp and tend to be good orators. They have emotional tendencies toward hate, anger and jealousy.

They are ambitious people who generally like to be leaders. Pitta people appreciate material prosperity and they tend to be moderately well-off financially. They enjoy exhibiting their wealth and luxurious possessions.
Pitta Rejuvenation Diet

Without proper diet, medicine is of no use.  With proper diet, medicine is of no need.

In the first week, you may not feel better yet.  In fact, you may feel some fatigue, transient digestive symptoms, or moodiness, as impurities and wastes begin to be eliminated from your system.  This is part of the normal healing process.  Usually by the end of the second week, individuals begin to feel increased lightness, energy, clarity and well being.

General Principles:

  • Favour juicy, cooling foods with a high water content
  • Avoid hot spices (chilies, cayenne, jalapeno peppers, ets)
  • Alcohol, vinegar, fried foods, tomatoes, yogurt and cheese is to be avoided
  • Cool to lukewarm drinks according to your preference
  • Favour sweet, bitter and astringent tastes
  • Reduce pungent (hot, spicy), sour and salty tastes.
  • Vinegar, acidic foods and acidic beverages such as, coffee, alcohol and soda, reduce.

FAVOUR THE FOLLOWING FOODS: 

Grains: wheat, white rice (basmati, jasmine, texmati, etc), barley, oats, quinoa, kamut, amaranth, couscous

Legumes: mung beans, small kidney beans, non-fermented soy bean products (tofu is ok, but avoid tempeh).  All other are ok in moderation

Vegetables: asparagus, artichokes, yellow squash, zucchini, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, celery, potato, sweet potato, peas, bell peppers, tender eggplant, cilantro, sprouts, lettuce, chard, brussel sprouts, parsley, cucumber, kale, bok choy, winter squash, sweet corn, all green leafy vegetables except spinach.

Diary: milk (boiled and served at room temperature to warm), butter, ghee, sweet lassi, cream, cream cheese.

Sweeteners: whole, natural sugar cane, date sugar

Oils: ghee is best. Olive, sunflower, coconut (in moderation)

Nuts and Seeds: sunflower and pumpkin seeds, blanched almonds in small amounts

Spices: coriander, cilantro, cumin, turmeric, saffron, fennel, cardamom.  You can have ginger root, cinnamon, black pepper, thyme, basil, oregano and marjoram in smaller amounts

Fruits: Sweet grapes, avocado, sweet mango, coconut, melons, kiwi, sweet oranges, sweet plums, papaya, sweet pineapple, persimmon, pomegranate, raisins, banana

REDUCE THE FOLLOWING FOODS:

Grains: corn, millet, rye, buckwheat, brown rice

Vegetables: tomato and tomato sauce, radish, onions, carrots, beets, spinach and seaweed

Fruits: grapefruit, olives, sour oranges, peaches, sour grapes, sour pineapple, berries, prunes, lemon, lime, cherries

Sweeteners: molasses, brown sugar, honey

Nuts: all nuts

Oils: almond, corn, safflower, sesame, canola

Spices: chilli pepper, cayenne, onion, garlic, mustard seeds, cloves, celery seeds, fenugreek, catsup, asafetida (hing)

Non Vegetarian: seafood, beef, pork, lamb, egg yolk

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The Kapha Dosha

Here are some of the common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Kapha constitution.

●       Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced
●       Affectionate and loving
●       Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature Stable and reliable; faithful
●       Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build
●       Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring, not explosive
●       Slow moving and graceful
●       Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process
●       Slower to learn, but never forgets; outstanding long-term memory
●       Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large “soft” eyes and a low, soft voice
●       Tend toward being overweight; may also suffer from sluggish digestion
●       Prone to heavy, oppressive depressions
●       More self-sufficient, need less outward stimulation than do the other types A mild, gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life
●       Sexually Kaphas are the slowest to be aroused, but they also have the most endurance
●       Excellent health, strong resistance to disease
●       Slow to anger; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings
●       Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others
●       Tend to be possessive and hold on to things, people, money; good savers. Don’t like cold, damp weather
●       Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma and wheezing, hay fever, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Physical Features

People of kapha constitution have well-developed bodies. There is, however, a strong tendency for these individuals to carry excess weight. Their chests are expanded and broad. The veins and tendons of kapha people are not obvious because of their thick skin and their muscle development is good. The bones are not prominent.

Their complexions are fair and bright. The skin is soft, lustrous and oily, it is also cold and pale. The hair is thick, dark, soft and wavy. The eyes are dense and black or blue: the white of the eye is generally very white, large and attractive.

Physiologically, kapha people have regular appetites. Due to slow digestion, they tend to consume less food. They crave pungent, bitter and astringent foods. Stools are soft and may be pale in color: evacuation is slow. Their perspiration is moderate. Sleep is sound and prolonged. There is a strong vital capacity evidenced by good stamina, and kapha people are generally healthy, happy and peaceful.

Psychologically, they tend to be tolerant, calm, forgiving and loving: however, they also exhibit traits of greed, attachment, envy and possessiveness. Their comprehension is slow but definite: once they understand something, that knowledge is retained.

Kapha people tend to be wealthy. They earn money and are good at holding on to it.
Kapha Rejuvenation Diet

Without proper diet, medicine is of no use.  With proper diet, medicine is of no need.

In the first week, you may not feel better yet.  In fact, you may feel some fatigue, transient digestive symptoms, or moodiness, as impurities and wastes begin to be eliminated from your system.  This is part of the normal healing process.  Usually by the end of the second week, individuals begin to feel increased lightness, energy, clarity and well being.

General Principles:

  • Favor warm, cooked foods and hot beverages
  • Eat a minimum of oil and fat
  • Choose a lighter diet with spicy, bitter and astringent tastes
  • Avoid cold drinks and frozen desserts such as, ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc
  • Sugar, sweets and salty foods are t be avoided as well as large quantities of food, especially at night.

FAVOUR THE FOLLOWING FOODS:

Grains: old grains (minimum one year), barley, millet, corn, buckwheat, rye, oats, wheat, rice

Legumes: all except tofu

Vegetables: green leafy vegetables, asparagus, artichoke, potato, carrot, cabbage, beet root small amounts), cauliflower, broccoli, celery, peas, pepper, sprouts, white pumpkin, zucchini, okra (only dry-fried non slimy preparation), green papaya, tomato, tender eggplant, t ender radish

Dairy: lassi and buttermilk, low fat milk, small amounts of ghee and whole milk

Sweeteners: honey

Oils: mustard, corn, sesame, all in small amounts

Nuts and Seeds: sunflower and pumpkin

Spices: all spices except salt, especially favor spicy and sharp spices (pepper, ginger, etc), lemon juice in small amounts

Fruits: pomegranate, cashew, jambu, grapes, persimmon, cranberries, raisins, figs, dates (best with honey), peaches, apples, papaya, guava

REDUCE THE FOLLOWING FOODS:

Grains: new grains, especially wheat and rice

Legumes: tofu (soy beans)

Vegetables: sweet potatoes, tapioca (from cassava)

Dairy: yogurt, cream, butter, whole milk and ghee in large quantities

Sweeteners: sugar cane products

Nuts: all nuts

Fruits: avocado, banana, pineapple, oranges, melons, plums, mango, coconut, apricot

Spices: salt

Non-Vegetarian: limit all meat consumption, but specifically reduce red meat and egg yolk

 

Ayurveda and beauty will discuss the characteristics of the skin for each dosha.

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