Dosha Appropriate Food

Dosh Appropriate Foods

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Pitta Balancing Diet

Favor Reduce/Avoid
General Room temperature food and drink, primarily sweet, bitter and astringent (e.g. cumin seeds etc.,) tastes Hot food and drink, primarily Pungent (hot), salty (Rock salt is OK), sour tastes.

Microwaved foods, leftovers, frozen foods

Vegetables Use seasonal vegetables.

Asparagus, beets,  broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots,  cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green beans, green peppers, funnel,  leafy green vegetables, lettuce, okra, olives, onions,  parsley, peas, radishes, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini

Raw vegetables in general.

Eggplant, hot peppers, mushrooms potatoes, spinach, sprouts

Fruit Use seasonal fruits, ideally organic.

All sweet and not sour.

Apples, avocados, cantaloupe, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, dark grapes, mangoes, melon, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, Raisins

Apricots, bananas, berries, cherries (sour), coconut, cranberries, grapefruit, kiwis,  persimmons, pineapple, pomegranate.
Grains Amaranth, barley, oats, millet spelt, white rice (prefer basmati rice) Brown rice, buckwheat,  corn, rye, wheat
Beans Chickpeas, mung beans, tofu and other soybean products lentils
Dairy Butter, egg whites, Goat milk, organic milk Buttermilk, cheese, egg yolks, sour cream, yogurt
Meat Chicken, Shrimp, Turkey Red meat and sea food in general, especially raw fish.
Oils Coconut, ghee (clarified butter),  olive, soy, sunflower Almond, corn, safflower, sesame
Spices Cardamom, cilantro, cinnamon, coriander seed, dill, fennel, mint, saffron, turmeric Barbecue sauce, catsup, garlic, mustard, pickles, salt, sour salad dressings, spicy condiments, vinegar
Sweeteners All are acceptable except honey and molasses

Prefer agave nectar, maple syrup, sucanat

Aspartame, honey, molasses, white sugar
Nuts Coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds  All, except as noted
Beverages Chocolate milk, coffee, sparkling water, soda

Vata Balancing Diet

Favor Reduce/Avoid
General Warm or room temperature food and drink, primarily sweet, a little bit salty (rock salt only) and sour tastes Cold food and drink, primarily Pungent (hot), Astringent and bitter tastes

Microwaved foods, leftovers, frozen foods

Vegetables Use seasonal vegetables, ideally organic.

Asparagus, beets, cabbage (cooked), carrots, cauliflower (cooked), cilantro, cucumber, fennel, green beans, green chilies, leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, okra,  black olives, onions (cooked), parsley, parsnip, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, rutabaga, squash, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini

Raw vegetables in general.

Artichoke, bitter melon, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (raw), cauliflower (raw), celery, corn, eggplant, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, green olives, onions (raw), peppers, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes (cooked), turnips, wheat grass spouts

Fruit Use seasonal fruits, ideally organic.

Apples, apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, limes, mangoes, melon, oranges, papaya, peaches, plums, pomegranate, prunes, raisins, rhubarb, strawberries, tamarind

Dried or sour fruits in general.

Apples (raw), bananas, cranberries, dates (dry), figs (dry), kiwis,  pears, pineapple, pomegranate, raisins (dry), prunes (dry), watermelon.

Grains Barley, brown rice, oats, wheat Buckwheat, corn, millet, rye
Beans Chickpeas, mung beans, pink lentils, tofu (small amounts) Avoid too many beans.
Dairy Favor all, especially goat milk, almond milk Yogurt, especially at night.
Meat Chicken, lamb, turkey. All in small quantity Beef, Pork, raw fish
Oils All none
Spices Allspice, anise, basil, bay leaf, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, cilantro, cinnamon, clove, cumin, fennel, garlic,  ginger, juniper berries, licorice root, mace, marjoram, mustard, nutmeg, oregano, sage, tarragon, thyme, turmeric Coriander seed, fenugreek, parsley, saffron
Sweeteners All, except as noted. Aspartame, processed sugar, white sugar
Nuts All, especially almonds, pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts. none
Beverages All, except as noted Chocolate milk, coffee, soda, sparkling water

Kapha Balancing Diet

Favor Reduce/Avoid
General Warm temperature food and drink, light (not very rich), primarily bitter, pungent and astringent tastes. Sweet, Salty, Sour tastes

Microwaved foods, leftovers, frozen foods

  Vegetables Use seasonal vegetables, ideally organic.

Artichoke, arugula, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, bitter melon, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, celery, chili peppers, chives, cilantro, collards, corn, endive, fennel, green beans, green chilies, kale, kohlrabi, landcress, leafy greens, lettuce, leeks, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, peppers (hot), radish, rutabaga, scallions, shallots, spinach, sprouts, turnips, watercress, wheat grass.

Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, mushrooms,  olives, peas, potatoes,  pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, raw tomato (cooked is ok occasionally), yams,  zucchini
Fruit Use seasonal fruits, ideally organic.

Apples, apricots, cherries, dried fruit, grapes, guava, lemons, limes, mango, peaches, pears, persimmon, pomegranate, prunes, quince, raisin, strawberries, tangerines, tamarind.

High pesticide fruits like grapes and berries.

Avocado, bananas, coconut, cranberries, dates, figs (dried is ok), grapefruit, melons, oranges, papaya, pineapple, plums, watermelon.

Don’t mix fruit with any other food, especially dairy products, eggs or grains.

  Grains Amaranth, barley, blue corn, bran, brown rice, buckwheat, cereals, corn, couscous, durham flour, granola, millet, muesli, oat bran, oats, polenta, quinoa, rye, spelt, sprouted wheat, tapioca, wheat bran. Bread, oatmeal, pasta, rice flour, wheat, white rice, whole wheat flour.
Beans Black beans, black-eyed peas, chick peas, lentils, lima beans, mung beans, mung dal, peas, pinto beans, tur dal, white beans
Dairy Low fat milk, Goat milk cooked with Turmeric and cardamom. Ghee

Unsweetened Organic soy milk and Almond milk

Too much dairy, yogurt at night, cheese.

Goat products are better

Meat Chicken, turkey Pork, red meat, seafood.
Oils Ghee, olive oil, sesame oi Butter, other oils

Fried food

Spices All spices are ok Salt
Sweeteners Raw agave nectar, raw uncooked honey, stevia Aspartame, chocolate, cooked honey, high fructose corn syrup, processed sugar, white sugar.
Nuts Less nuts. Only pealed almonds, walnuts and pistachios
Beverages Aloe vera juice, coffee, fruit juice, hot goat milk, rice milk, soy milk, tea, yerba mate. Alcohol, chocolate milk, cold milk, soda, sparkling water

Coffee is ok once a day, but not on an empty stomach

Avoid cold drinks in general.

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