Ayurveda Diet Vatta Pitta Kapha

Ayurveda Diet According to your Dosha

Ayurveda Food - Vata Dosha Diet, Pitta Dosha Diet & Kapha Dosha Diet

It all starts with digestion.

Principles of Ayurveda focuses on balancing different energies and the doshas in our body. Good Health starts with Digestion, Absorption and Proper Metabolism of Food.
According to Ayurveda philosophy, food itself can work like medicine when consumed in the right way. It also states that without proper diet even medicines are of no use.

Ayurvedic Diet is a set of guidelines for - when you eat, what you eat and how you eat. Following an ayurvedic diet enhances your health, prevents disorders and you are expected to consume more natural or naturally processed food.

Eating According to your Doshas

In Ayurveda, the entire existence is an interaction of the energies from derived from the five elements - Water, Fire, Space, Air & Earth. Ayurvedic Diet is prescribed in accordance with the three doshas and the body constitution or prakriti the person has.

The Three Doshas i.e Vata, Pitta & Kapha in Ayurveda defines the dominant mind-body state. All three doshas are present in everyone but in different ratios with one main dosha predominant in an individual. When the Doshas are in Balance, it creates healthy mind & body free from disorders and when out of balance, it creates chain of disorders involving both mind and body.

Vata Pacifying Diet

Vata Qualities

Light, Constantly Moving & Changing, Dry, Rough & Cool in Nature.

Vata Predominant Features

Vata Predominant People tend to be light and have thin build, whether tall or short. Their hands and feet can get cold easily. They tend to be quick, flexible and creative. They are alert, active and grasps things quickly but they also forget things quickly. When Vata is in Balance, the person becomes lively and lives life enthusiastically.

Vata Balancing Diet

Opposing qualities like warmth, heaviness, moistness, and stability are used in vata pacifying diets. Food that is warm, heavy in nature and easy to digest are used.

Food To Increase To Reduce
Vegetables Cooked Vegetables Preferred. Avocados, Carrots, Mustard Greens, Beets, Okra, Onions, Shallots, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Water Chestnuts. Frozen, Raw or Dried Vegetables. Asparagus, Sprouts and Cabbages.
Fruits Cooked Apples, Cheries, Berries, Ripe Bananas, Melons, Coconut, Ripe Mangoes, Pineapple, Grapes, Papaya, Plums. Dry and Unripe Fruits of Any Kind.
Spices Black Pepper, Basil, Bay Leaf, Cardamom, Catnip, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger (fresh), Mustard, Pepper, Peppermint. Coriander Seeds, Fenugreek, Parsley, and Thyme.
Dairy Butter, Buttermilk, Milk, Sour Cream, Fresh Yogurt Avoid Frozen Yogurts and Ice Creams.
Grains Cooked Grains All grains in Dry Form.
Beverages Water, Warm, Non-Diluted Fruit Juices Soft Drinks, Hard Alcohol, Diluted Fruit Juices
Oils Almond, Ghee, Mustard, Peanut, Cinnamon , Clove, Rose, Sandalwood Flax Seeds, Safflower
Nuts & Seeds Almonds, Walnuts , Peanuts, Cashews , Pistachios, Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seeds Raw Corn
Meats Beef, Buffalo Chicken (especially Dark),Eggs , Salmon, Sardines, Prawns, Shrimp Tuna, Turkey (Dark) Lamb, Mutton, Turkey, Rabbit, Turkey (White)

Pitta Pacifying Diet

Pitta Qualities

Soft, Lustrous, Warm, Light, Sharp and Spreading.

Pitta Predominant Features

Pitta Predominant People tend to have warm, lustrous skin and an athletic build. They can get hot easily. They are competitive, ambitious and intelligent. Pitta dominant people have the tendency for heated emotions of anger, ego and jealousy. When in Balance they are highly focused, courageous, problem solving and maintained energy levels.

Pitta Balancing Diets

Pitta imbalance is treated with elements opposite to its fiery qualities. Qualities like cool, and dry is used. Food and spices with cooling effect like raw vegetables, wheat, sweet herbs, fennels, etc. are used.

Food To Increase To Reduce
Vegetables Best Eaten Fresh Sprouts, Tender and Bitter Greens, Asparagus, Bell Peppers, Seaweed, Carrots, Leafy greens, Cucumber, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Onions (well cooked), Peas, Pumpkins, Squash, Raw Onions, Garlic, Peppers, Chillies, Radish, Mustard
Fruits Ripe Fruits with Sweet Taste Apples, Avocados, Blackberries, Blueberries, Coconut, Cranberries, Dates, Dried Fruits, Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Pineapple, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries Sour Fruits like Oranges, Lemons, Grapes, Tangerines and Unripe Fruits.
Spices Cardamom, Cilantro, Coriander, Cumin, Fennel, peppermint, Saffron, Turmeric, Mint, Fennel Strong Spices in Large Quantities. Black Pepper, Garlic, Poppy Seeds, Mustard Seeds, Oregano
Dairy Whole Milk, Cream, Unsalted Butter, Fresh Yogurt , Lassi, Cottage Cheese, Ghee Minimize Sour Taste Sour Cream, Yoghurts.
Grains Barley, White Rice, Millet, Oats, Whole Wheat, Quinoa, Amaranth (cooked) Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Rye, Muesli,
Beverages Herbal Teas, Milk, Fruit Juices Carbonated Drinks, Hard Alcohol, Spicy Drinks, Excess Tea & Coffee
Oils Ghee, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Walnut Oils Safflower Oil, Peanut Oil, Mustard Oil
Nuts & Seeds Almond(Soaked), Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Peanuts, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Pistachios
Meats Buffalo, Chicken (white), Eggs Whites ,Freshwater Fish, Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white),Venison Egg yolk, Beef, Saltwater Fish, Lamb, Pork, Seafood, Sardines, Chicken (Dark).

Kapha Pacifying Diet

Pitta Qualities

Cold, Moist, Stable, Slow, Static, Sweet, Dull and Smooth.

Pitta Predominant Features

People with Kapha Predominant have dense bodies and broad shoulders. They have lustrous and oily skin. They like stability and known to handle stress very well. Hardworking yet can be too much comfort living. When in Balance, people with Kapha Dominance have good long-term memory, strength and stamina. Stable with emotions and are compassionate as well as reliable.

Kapha Balancing Diets

Like Other doshas, kapha dosha can be balanced by opposing qualities. In the case of Kapha Dosha the opposing qualities of light, dry and warm is used.

Food To Increase To Reduce
Vegetables Carrots, Potatoes, Green Beans, Onions, All Green Leafy Vegetables, Artichoke, Asparagus, Cauliflowers, Cabbages, Spinach, Broccoli Eggplant, Brussels Sprouts, Celery, Chilies, Cilantro, Corn, Radish, Seaweed, Corn, Spinach, Bell Peppers, Peas, Beets, Cucumber, Okra, Squashs, Sweet Potatoes, Water Chestnuts, Zucchini, Raw Tomatoes, Tapioca.
Fruits Apples, Apricots, Cherries , Cranberries, Figs (dry) , Grapes (red, purple, black),Lemons, Limes, Peaches, Pears, Pomegranates, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries Sweet Fruits Like Mango, Bananas, Pineapple, Watermelon.
Spices Hot Spices Preferred Black Pepper, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Horseradish, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Marjoram, Mustard, Calamus, Chamomile, Cardamom, Cayenne,, Fennel, Fenugreek, Nutmeg, Oregano, Peppermint, Poppy Seeds, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Spearmint, Star Anise, Thyme. Salt
Dairy Ghee, Goats Milk, Fresh Diluted Yogurt, Buttermilk. Sour Cream, Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurts, Butter, Cheese
Grains Amaranth, Barley, Basmati Rice, Buckwheat, Corn Flour, Quinoa, Granola, Millet, Muesli, Oat Bran, Oats (dry), Corn, Whole Grain Breads Brown & White Rice, Wheat, Pasta.
Beverages Warm Milk, Fruit Juices, Herbal Drinks, Green Vegetable Juices. Soft Drinks, Orange Juices, Apple Juices and Cold Water.
Oils Mustard Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil. Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Apricot Oil
Nuts & Seeds Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Almond , Flax Seeds Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Coconut, Pistachios, Pine Nuts, Pecans, Sesame Seeds.
Meats Chicken, Turkey, Freshwater Fish, Rabbit Beef, Lamb, Duck, Pork, Saltwater Fish , Seafood, Shellfish, Venison

Bottomline

Ayurveda and its principles forms the basis for Ayurvedic Diet. This practice has been here for thousands of years and millions have made use of it. Many elements of ayurvedic diet stands in line with the modern or western beliefs of health & nutrition.
Ayurvedic Diet recommends eating certain foods based on the body type or prakriti and dosha in the body. Knowing your Dosha and getting the right ayurvedic diet would create a perfect balance between mind and body.

However, following the diet can be confusing & restrictive. It is also subjective depending on the type of body a person has. For detailed analysis of your body constitution, doshas and current state of the body, contact us at Panchakarma Treatment.