Day 4: Eating for your Dosha

Vata Food Plan:

The following guidelines can be used for persons with vata mind-body constitutions in order to ensure balance and restore balance if necessary.

BEST VEGETABLES (cooked):

Asparagus, beets, carrots, cucumber, garlic, green beans, onions, sweet potatoes, radishes, and turnips.

VEGETABLES IN MODERATION (cooked)

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, peas, peppers, potatoes, sprouts, tomatoes, zucchini

Avoid raw vegetables, in general.

BEST FRUITS (well-ripened):

Bananas, apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, coconut, fresh figs, grapefruit, lemons, grapes, mangoes, sweet melons, sour oranges, papaya, pineapple, peaches, plums, stewed fruits.

FRUITS IN MODERATION:

Cranberries, pears, pomegranates.

Avoid dried fruits, in general and all unripe fruit.

BEST GRAINS:

Oats (as cooked oatmeal cereal, not dry), cooked rice.

GRAINS IN MODERATION:

Wheat, barley, buckwheat, corn, dry oat, millet.

DAIRY:

All Dairy is acceptable.

BEST MEAT:

Chicken, seafood, turkey, in small quantity.

MEAT IN MODERATION:

Red meat.

BEST BEANS:

Chickpeas, mung beans, Pink lentils, Tofu (small amounts)

BEANS IN MODERATION:

Kidney beans, black beans, etc.

BEST OILS:

Sesame oil, Ghee and olive oil are especially good.

SWEETENERS:

All sweeteners are acceptable.

NUTS AND SEEDS:

All are acceptable in small amounts. Almonds are best.

HERBS & SPICES:

Avoid using spices in large quantities. Minimize or avoid all bitter and astringent herbs and spices such as coriander seed, fenugreek, parsley, and thyme. Saffron and turmeric should be used in moderation.

Kapha Food Plan:

The following guideline can be used for persons with kapha min-body, to ensure and maintain balance if necessary. Kapha influences the heavy, moist aspects of the body.

BEST VEGETABLES:

Asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, garlic, leafy green vegetables, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas peppers, potatoes, radishes, spinach, and sprouts.

VEGETABLES IN MODERATION:

Cucumbers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini.

BEST FRUITS:

Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, papaya, pears, prunes, pomegranates, and grapefruit. Dried fruits in general are good for Kaphas, specifically apricots, figs, prunes, and raisins.

FRUITS IN MODERATION:

Dates, fresh figs, bananas, coconuts, and mangoes.

BEST GRAINS:

Barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, rye, and basmati rice.

GRAINS IN MODERATION:

Rice and wheat.

Avoid hot cereals and steamed grains, in general, as they are too moist and heavy for Kaphas.

BEST DAIRY:

Warm skim milk, small amounts of whole milk, and eggs (not fried or cooked with butter), goat’s milk, soy milk, and camel milk.

DAIRY IN MODERATION:

Egg yolks

BEST MEATS:

Chicken, turkey (all in small amounts), and lean fish.

MEATS IN MODERATION:

Shrimp and red meat.

BEST BEANS:

All legumes are acceptable.

BEANS IN MODERATION:

Kidney beans and tofu.

BEST OILS:

Almond, sunflower, olive oil, and grapeseed oil (all in small quantities).

SWEETENERS:

All in very small quantities.

BEST NUTS & SEEDS:

Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds.

HERBS & SPICES:

All are good, especially cumin, fenugreek, sesame, and ginger, which is especially good for improving digestion.

Pitta Food Plan:

these foods can be consumed for pitt mind-body constitutions, to maintain dosha balance, and to restore balance. Pitta influences digestion and metabolism, body temperature, and biological transformations.

BEST VEGETABLES:

Sweet and bitter vegetables, like asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, green beans, green (sweet) peppers, leafy green vegetables, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, parsley, peas, potatoes, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrot, and spinach.

VEGETABLES IN MODERATION:

Eggplant, onion, tomatoes, hot peppers, chilies, and beets.

BEST FRUITS:

Bananas, avocados, cherries, coconuts, figs, mangoes, melons, oranges, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, and raisins.

FRUITS IN MODERATION:

Apricot, apples, berries, sour cherries, grapefruit, raw papaya, dark grapes, peaches, persimmon, and pineapples.

Note: Fruits should be sweet and ripe; avoid fruits that come to market sour or unripe. Also avoid green grapes, oranges, pineapple, and plum unless they are sweet and ripe.

FAVORABLE GRAINS:

Barley, oats, wheat, and white rice (preferably basmati).

GRAINS IN MODERATION:

Brown rice, corn, millet, and rye.

BEST DAIRY:

Butter, egg whites, ghee (clarified butter), milk, and fruit sorbets (not sour).

DAIRY IN MODERATION:

Cheese, sour yogurt, sour buttermilk, egg yolk, sour cream, and ice cream.

BEST MEATS:

Chicken, shrimp, turkey, and river fish (all in small amounts).

MEATS IN MODERATION:

Red meat and seafood in general.

BEST BEANS:

Chickpeas, mung beans, red lentils, tofu and other soybean products (not fermented).

BEANS IN MODERATION:

Black gram, black lentils, and Ar har Dal.

BEST OILS:

Olive, soy, sunflower, and grapeseed oil.

OILS IN MODERATION:

Almond, corn, safflower, sesame, and coconut oil.

BEST NUTS & SEEDS:

Coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds.

BEST SWEETENERS:

All are acceptable except honey and molasses.

HERBS AND SPICES:

Spices should generally be avoided as they are too heating. The following are OK for Pittas in small amounts: Cardamom, cilantro (green coriander), cinnamon, coriander seed, dill, fennel, mint, saffron, turmeric, cumin, and black pepper.