What is your Blueprint?
Ayurveda describes three genotypes or Blueprints that are our original nature. They determine our metabolism, digestion, and all aspects of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being. Once you know your Blueprint you can learn what diet will work best for you. Do you need to lose weight? Gain weight? Do you have skin issues, insomnia? First know your blueprint, then you will know what works for you!
Which of these Blueprints describes you?
You like spicy foods (or they aggravate you), you have a temper, you are a manager or entrepreneur, you like to be in control, you are intelligent, love to learn, may be a teacher, leader, passionate about a cause. When out of balance you may have inflammation or skin problems. Your appetite may be very strong. You may be Pitta, the Passionate Blueprint.
You like routines and are very compassionate. People may call you the “salt of the earth” and you may be slow and steady but you complete what you start. Even complete what other people start. In the tortoise and the hare story, you are the tortoise. When out of balance you may be too slow and sluggish, even depressed. Or have frequent colds and congestion. Your digestion may be sluggish and your appetite may be low. You may be Kapha, The Stable Blueprint. (Salad is not good for Stables or Sensitives as it “cools” the digestive fire, which is already low in these blueprints.)
You don’t like regularity, are impulsive and creative and a great initiator of activity. You are a cheerleader in your life. You may be an inventor, a dancer or musician or artist. When out of balance you may have a hard time focusing your mind or feel anxious or ungrounded or have aches and pains. Your appetite may be variable. You may be Vata, the Sensitive Blueprint.You may be predominantly one Blueprint, or a combination.
In the next blog I’ll discuss the best diet for the Sensitive (Vata) Blueprint. Strangely enough, although Sensitives (Vata people) tend to be lean and thin and like to move a lot (exercise, dance, etc.), which you would assume keep them thin, they are often the Blueprint that is the most prone to having weight issues!
We will explore how and why they gain weight, and guidelines for weight loss in the next Blog.
Link to previous blog