According to Ayurveda, every person is made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water and earth. These elements combine in the human body to form three life forces called doshas, namely Kapha, Vatta and Pitta. Although everyone inherits a mix of these elements, most often one dosha is more prominent than the other two.
Ayurveda suggests movement and limiting high sugar or fat foods to bring a Kapha into balance. This is not so far off from some of the treatments and techniques to help the binge eater recover. It is important for the binge or emotional eater to learn to live in their body. One of the ways they can do this is with movement. In addition, to recover from BED an individual must learn other coping mechanisms besides bingeing on foods. In order to do this an individual must engage in balanced, nutritious eating. By way of doing this, their intake of binge foods decrease.
Finally, Pitta is the fire element. Pittas are usually medium build and well proportioned. They are known to have a strong appetite, strong digestion, and a strong metabolism. Out of balance, Pittasare impulsive and explosive and have strong sexual drive. They can become irritable when hungry. For balance, Pitta’s are not to skip meals or wait until they are too hungry to eat. A balanced diet of fresh whole foods high in nutrients will decrease pitta and move an individual towards health. For Pitta’s what is most important is hold onto to routine meal times, to eat meals in peaceful environments and to practice mindfulness before, during and after mealtimes. It is said that rather than gripping or controlling, the Pitta must surrender in order to find their best self.