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and the Art of Slowing it Down
The Bipolar Diet
June 18, 2016Posted by on
I’ll have you know, after I wrote the recent probiotics article, I sought out a nutritionist with an Ayurvedic background, as I couldn’t very well volunteer my services to be the APA’s lab rat living in Macau (China).
She quickly educated me that mental illnesses are considered in the family of Vata imbalances (Vata is one of the three Dosha’s in the Yogic Science of Ayurveda). I have read that Vata imbalances can cause a myriad of mental health problems- including anxiety, restlessness & fear– which can get in the way of so many of us.
I have known for years that I test Pitta on my Ayurvedic questionnaires but I never considered that something else might be out of balance I just thought that I had too much fire.
That might be too much detail for now. My nutritionist put me on a warm food diet, which was hard because I love salads – I eat so many salads for not only the crunch & the dynamic flavors but to also consciously to keep my weight down. I have no shame admitting that I was nervous about eating warm meals, I am fairly vain & do enjoy being on the slimmer side of life. I was encouraged to monitor my portions, practice self-control.
She advised me to:
- Drink Kombucha before & after every meal, just a few mouthfuls.
- Focus on Sweet, Sour & Salty foods & by sweet she mean fruits & natural sugars
- Soak my almonds & seeds, now my Mother-In-Law soaks her almonds but I never knew that one should consider doing that with seeds… apparently it does something with the enzymes which makes your body more receptive to the nutrients
- Cook with ghee, as it’s the best fat for us – luckily my husband is Indian, we already had ghee at home
- Limit my coffee & alcohol consumption to one per day if not avoid all together
- East less meat
- Avoid spicy food
- Avoid cold drinks
My sleeping also dramatically improved. I went from restless nights to sleeping like a baby for eight hours straight… until I veered off the diet.
We had one socially intense weekend a few weekends back and I got off track. It’s been hard to realign my efforts with this special diet because it is not routine yet. But as I do slowly, again I am seeing positive results in the sleeping department. And that means better days; reacting less to my friends & family because I am well rested and can remain more centred. It makes me be a better person to be around.
But don’t believe me, by the offset that my nutritionists suspicions are correct, I encourage you to read another one of Chopra’s articles: “Understanding Vata: Minimize Stress and Feed Your Creativity”.
What’s that? Minimize stress? Feed your creativity? Sounds like a dream for us Bipolar’s! I trust you can Google it & decide to try it or not for yourself.