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Weight Loss Quiz according to Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Family DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU LOST A FRIEND IN YOUR BATTLE TO LOSE WEIGHT - YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH YOURSELF? Joyful Belly offers something better than a battle between your will and your weight, a more natural approach, addressing your unique health & wellness concerns. Ayurveda recognizes there are many factors, including digestion, and personal psychology affecting your relationship to food.

This free quiz is the first step to healing your relationship to food. Once you have completed this test, you will be able to determine your body type and receive an Ayurvedic diet uniquely tailored to you.

Page 1: Please choose the symptoms you've experienced on a regular basis, or that were significant in the past.

Check the boxes that best describe your 'Weight'
Trying to lose weight
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Trying to lose weight
Kapha aggravating
Trying to lose or control your weight is exhausting and often empty process. Let your body decide what weight to be and focus instead on establishing balance in your body and your life. When you desire or try to be a weight that is unhealthy for your...

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Feel overweight
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Feel overweight
Kapha aggravating
Overweight is not a feeling. In Ayurveda, excess weight is considered a symptom, not a problem. You might feel physically heavy, puffy, or sluggish; perhaps there is a feeling of discomfort in overly tight clothing or a shame about the number on the ...

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Gain weight easily
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Gain weight easily
Kapha aggravating
Gaining weight in the past was extremely adaptive when there were frequent shortages of food or famine. Famine is still a reality in developing countries. Those able to easily store and retain fat were the most likely to survive. In affluent societie...

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Recent weight change
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Recent weight change
Any recent or sudden weight change is important sign from the body that demands attention. It is important to know the cause of any recent weight changes. Rapid weight gain may be caused by low metabolism and hypothyroid. Getting your thyroid chec...

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Feel underweight
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Feel underweight
Vata aggravating
A low body weight may cause an unsettling sense of lightness, ungroundedness, or weakness. It is important to determine the cause of weight loss. Unexplained weight loss can be serious - please see a doctor if you have chronic weight loss issues. ...

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Lose weight easily
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Lose weight easily
Vata aggravating
Many people unconsciously lose weight because they follow advertising that promotes a certain type of food deemed healthy and good for us. Yet the target market for these ads are people who are overweight so it is important to listen to your body and...

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Check the boxes that best describe your 'Body Image'
Body Checking
Weigh myself daily
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Weigh myself daily
Kapha aggravating
Daily weighing reduces you to a number. When you spend time focusing on external numbers on the scale or BMI chart, you lose the chance to engage with your body and learn from your physical sensations. Instead, the number becomes more important than ...

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Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image
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Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image
Kapha aggravating
Body dysmorphia is when you believe you are less attractive looking than you actually are. A classic example is an anorexic who believes they are overweight. More subtle examples include preoccupation with some trivial defect, such as acne.

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Dissatisfied with appearance / shape
Ashamed of weight
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Ashamed of weight
The first step in alleviating body shame is to develop a gentler and more loving relationship with your body. Your body is an important part of your identity in life and should be treated with the care and respect that you would show a spouse or best...

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Avoid social events due to appearance
Self-loathing
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Self-loathing
Pitta aggravating
You are your own gift in the world, which is hard to see when consumed by self-loathing. Feelings of self-disgust and loathing can blind you from your own unique gifts and keep you from declaring your authentic identity. It is easy to blame the size ...

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Preoccupied with size, shape or weight
Panic about size, shape or weight
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Panic about size, shape or weight
Weight often becomes the object of our attention when we are feeling anxiety, uncertainty about the future, or hopelessness. Self-inquiry is thus a useful strategy in addressing panic about size and weight. When did you first notice yourself panickin...

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Feel judged for my weight
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Feel judged for my weight
Many people with heartier constitutions or excess weight may feel silenced or ashamed because of their weight as a result of cultural or family pressure. You might feel afraid or embarrassed to eat in public, believing that a heavier person is not al...

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Difficulty finding clothes that fit
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Difficulty finding clothes that fit
Keeping clothes that no longer fit you or are too small is often a form of insidious self-punishment. Too small or too tight clothes serve as reminders of your past and current weight and can inspire feelings of shame and guilt, which are prime trigg...

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Check the boxes that best describe your 'Overeating Habits'
Strong hunger
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Strong hunger
Pitta aggravating
Both physical and emotional imbalances can masquerade as feelings of strong hunger, so there is no easy answer in Ayurveda. The most common causes for an excess appetite include a thick kapha blood, fiery pitta-type metabolism, malabsorption, and tra...

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Large portions
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Large portions
Pitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
You've probably heard the infamous phrase "your eyes are bigger than your stomach" and for those who struggle with large portions, this often rings true. There are diverse reasons for indulging in large portions, such as emotional eating, an attempt ...

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Strong food cravings
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Strong food cravings
Kapha aggravating
Your body craves particular foods when in need, whether to fulfill nutritional needs, or to relieve physical or emotional discomfort. Interpreting your cravings and the meaning they communicate about your physical or emotional state, instead of actin...

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Eats quickly
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Eats quickly
Vata aggravatingKapha aggravating
If you lead a hectic lifestyle and find yourself always running from place to place, it can be hard to switch gears and slow yourself down. The first step might be in planning, long before the meal. Have you carved out enough time in your schedule to...

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Emotional eating
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Emotional eating
Kapha aggravating
The kinds of food you crave indicate what's going on internally and can serve as a good guide...When you eat, are your truly hungry for food? Eating is an inherently emotional act. Food is the focal point for some of our most cherished celebrations i...

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Stress overeater
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Stress overeater
Vata aggravating
When an infant cries, one of your first impulses might be to soothe it with food or a warm bottle. Food is calming. Eating causes your blood sugar to rise, bringing you back to a state of balmy ease. Eating helps brings you down to earth, abating the...

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Overeat because of spouse / kids
Eat when lonely / depressed
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Eat when lonely / depressed
Kapha aggravating
Part of what makes loneliness unbearable is the aspect of mystery in it. When you are alone, you may not know how and where you can find human connection, and feel your self-esteem quickly wither before the enigma. When you feel like you are unloved ...

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Overeat more than 2x/week
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Overeat more than 2x/week
Kapha aggravating
Feasting and overeating are not new phenomena. For thousands of years, celebratory feasts have been commonplace in cultures around the world as a way of bonding, enjoying the fruits of the harvest, and as symbols of generosity & wealth. Your body is ...

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Preoccupied with food
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Preoccupied with food
Food is your body's fuel; you need to eat food in order to survive and live fully. Yet, if you are spending your day thinking or obsessing about food, or constantly making sure you have prepared enough to eat, you may find yourself unable to engage d...

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Uncontrollable compulsion to eat
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Uncontrollable compulsion to eat
Kapha aggravating
You might be tempted to believe that self-control is the only answer to a compulsive relationship with food. However, most compulsions have a story to tell. Listening to them is usually a more effective means to unravel their power and help you regai...

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Binging more than 1x monthly
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Binging more than 1x monthly
Bingeing is a common and serious symptom of bulimia and binge eating disorder. A binge involves a short period during which the binger consumes abnormally large amounts of food and feels a complete loss of control. This can be followed by a period of...

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Can't stop eating once I start
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Can't stop eating once I start
Vata aggravating
Food Restrictions Lead to Overeating Deprivation often leads to a lack of control around food. If you feel like you cannot stop eating once you start, observe your daily habits. Are you eating regularly throughout the day? Often times if you think y...

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Eating without realizing it
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Eating without realizing it
Kapha aggravating
Eating happens. Food calms you down when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or hazed, which can create an almost instinctive impulse to reach for a snack, even when you're calm, when life and your diet are going swimmingly well for you. Two elements,...

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Indiscriminate eating
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Indiscriminate eating
Kapha aggravating
Eating indiscriminately feels like living in a cloud; you may be unable to think clearly or find some perspective on your appetite, making it nearly impossibly to avoid the temptation to eat haphazardly. Often indiscriminate eating is marked by a str...

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Trauma-induced overeating
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Trauma-induced overeating
Trauma involves loss of control. During a traumatic event such as a car accident, a natural disaster, or any physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, you often feel powerless, frozen, and terrified because your personal safety and sense of control has b...

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Uneasy when food unavailable
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Uneasy when food unavailable
Kapha aggravating
Food creates an illusion of security. An abundance of food can represent opulence, wealth, and well-being, while a scarcity of food can mean poverty, instability, and unsatisfied hunger. A history of yo-yo dieting, eating nutrient deficient foods, fi...

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Search for perfect bite
Distress when sweets unavailable
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Distress when sweets unavailable
Kapha aggravating
Sweets have a calming, sedating effect on the body and mind; they can serve to bring you comfort and ease when you're feeling stressed or ungrounded. Yet, if you are becoming distressed when sweet foods are unavailable, this is an indication of depen...

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Rebel against food limitations
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Rebel against food limitations
Pitta aggravating
The fire in the human spirit does not like to be repressed or told what to do. When you have limitations placed on the amount of food or the types of food you are "allowed" to eat by yourself, your parents, your friends, or even society, it is often ...

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Feel like a failure after overeating
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Feel like a failure after overeating
Slipping up does not make you a failure; when you start to change a habit around food, especially if its one you've had for many years, you are bound to go back to the old line of behavior every now and then. Instead of feeling like a failure, ta...

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