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My Ayurveda Diet

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Just a quick update on an experience that I have found quite interesting and important.

I had received a voucher for an Ayurvedic massage for my birthday. It was lovely, but it also gave me an insight worth sharing. As part of the ‘deal’, the Ayurvedic doctor assessed my body type. Well, there is a Vata Type, a Pitta Type (fiery) and a Kapha Type (sluggish).

Most people are a combination of the three, with one being dominant. My dominance is Vata (airy: cold hands, moving a lot…) and according to the good doctor, everything I have eaten and done, is wrong: I should not eat raw and cold food like smoothies or salads, but instead steamed or boiled vegetables, soups, dairy and sweet fruit, starchy carbs…

Even the exercises and breathing was wrong, according to her: I should only do yoga or something light, no running & swimming. The breathing is too deep, she would teach me how to breathe into my chest instead of my abdomen.

And then supplements: I need: Cow’s urine, turmeric (which is the only thing that I have done ‘right’ so far), wheatgrass, etc.

Needless to say, I disregarded everything and keep going with the meditations and whatever my body likes…and cow’s urine isn’t one of the things.

and now I am taking a deep breath and let it go!


Author: Barbara Hoi

I have worked for 14 years with Dyslexic and Asperger geniuses one-on-one, founded Sydney Dyslexia and Autism Sydney, worked in Mosman and at a beach retreat at the Entrance and wrote three books on Dyslexia ('the Right Brain for the Right Time', 'Nurturing the Secret Garden' and 'Learning your Times Tables in Three Bold Steps'). I believe these children and adults have a great gift and the ability to become leaders in their field. But I have also found that a proper diet as well as educating and working together with parents, friends and teachers matters even more. I am now working with small groups at the Entrance Beach Retreat, helping dyslexic adults fulfill their professional dreams and parents to help develop and nurture their child's potential.

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