3 Book Diet Update

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Just in case you are new here, I am participating in Chris Brogan‘s challenge, The 3 Book Diet.  In a nutshell, I have committed to reading three, and only three, books for a year.  I’m still feeling a little anxiety over the commitment, even though I’ve given myself permission to stay present and focus on the moment, rather than worry about whether I can actually do this.  I hate to fail.  I know, in my head, that it wouldn’t be a failure to choose to take a different route down the road – my heart isn’t so sure.  Can you relate?

3 book dietSo, back to the challenge.  Two weeks in and here’s what I’ve been up to so far…

Week 1

We had until the 8th to solidify our selection.  This wasn’t easy to do but I did choose my three.   In case you are new, they are:

  1. Ayurveda Wisdom
  2. The Impact Equation
  3. Getting Things Done

This first week, I focused on Ayurveda Wisdom.  With my renewed yoga practice, I’m ready to make some other changes and this really resonated with me years ago so I’m going to explore incorporating more of it into my lifestyle.  The first step was to take a quiz to identify my dosha since I couldn’t remember for sure what it was {yes, it’s been a while}.  Here are the links in case you are interested:

In Ayurveda, dosha includes three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity.  They are Pitta, Vata and Kapha.  Each dosha has food, exercises and more that are best for you for optimal health.  There are a few ways to determine yours {and many have more than one}.  One of these would be to take the quiz on Deepak Chopra’s site.

This quiz because it addressed my “normal” dosha as well as my current imbalances.  My primary dosha is Pitta.  I currently have too much Vata energy mentally and too much Kapha energy physically.  So what does that mean?  Well, I’m having difficulty focusing and I’ve been too sedentary lately – so true.

Week 2

I continued to focus on the Ayurveda Wisdom book.  I missed yoga class this week due to being down to one vehicle and conflicts with my daughter’s work schedule but I found other ways to bring in that energy and worked to bring more focus into my daily workload.  I’m happy to report, I was successful in both of these areas.  I also started reading the chapter about food.  I’ve known for many years that I don’t care for really spicy food and alcohol doesn’t seem to agree with me much.  Isn’t is fascinating that these are both issues for someone with my dosha?

The Ayurvedic diet recommends eating foods that have qualities opposite of the qualities our dosha carries.  This brings about balance.  I love this and it really resonates with me because it’s the same with color theory and with much of my energy healing work.  Pitta’s do best with cool foods and drinks.

Moving Forward

I’m going to continue to explore the dietary needs for my dosha in Ayurveda Wisdom and bring in one of the other books over the next couple of weeks.

What are your thoughts about this challenge?  Could you do it?  Would you even consider it?

What about Ayurveda?  Is this a new concept to you or are you familiar with it?  What do you think about it?

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