When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use, when diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
~Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
Once you’ve determined your dosha type, the next step is to ensure that the foods you eat suit your dosha type and devise a personalized health plan. According to Ayurveda, ‘like increases like’. Eating certain types of foods can either aggravate (increase) or calm (decrease) the energy of a particular dosha. Therefore, Kapha people, who are prone to colds, would do well to stay away frozen desserts. Eating for your body type is crucial, so we’ve outlined specially-designed nutritional advice for each specific dosha. These tips are also suitable for vegetarians.
If you’re a cool Kapha, your diet plan should be aimed at warming you up.
Kaphas pile on the pounds easily so you should stay away from large quantities of food, especially at night.
Avoid oily and fatty foods that are high in calories for effective weight loss.
Cold foods like aerated drinks, ice creams, frozen yogurts, etc. aggravate Kapha.
You should stay away from cooling and high-calorie fruits like coconuts and bananas.
Light, dry fruits like apple, papaya and date (with honey) are beneficial for Kapha people.
All legumes can be consumed as Ayurvedic recommendation for a Kapha diet except tofu.
Kapha types can also eat all spices as they are warming but need to be watchful of their salt intake.
Reach for that pot of honey instead of sugar as part of your dosha diet.
Dairy items like lassi, nonfat milk and buttermilk are preferable over yogurt, cream and butter.
Learn more about a Kapha-pacifying diet here.
If you’re a fiery Pitta, you need to cool down with juicy foods that are high in water content.
Skip foods that are pungent, spicy and salty as they heat the body.
Yogurt and cheese are no-nos for Pitta people.
Acidic foods such as tomato and pickles as well as citric fruits like orange, pineapple, lemon and lime increase Pitta dosha.
Don’t dress your salads with vinegar and opt for freshly-squeezed lemon juice instead.
Food served cool, not cold which inhibits digestion, works best for Pittas.
Choose Pitta-pacifying mint, fennel or licorice tea over coffee which contains acids.
Opt for sweet fruits like melons, plum, kiwi and pomegranate for a Pitta-pleasing diet plan.
The fat in red meats can aggravate Pitta so ensure that you consume only white meats and lots of sweet fruits and fresh veggies.
Consume warm milk, butter, ghee, cream and paneer (cottage cheese).
Try rose petal jam and apple tea for a breakfast which is sweet and calming.
Learn more about a Pitta-pacifying diet here.
If you’re an anxious Vata, you need to eat foods that are soothing.
Vatas should reduce raw foods and salads.
Vata is easily disturbed with cold drinks or beverages that are high in caffeine.
Stay away from light, dry, crunchy snacks.
The only nut you should avoid is peanut.
Comforting soupy foods; cooked cereals; nuts; cooked vegetables; and hot milk are the best foods for nervous Vatas.
Stir fry or steam veggies with a dollop of ghee or a drizzle of olive oil.
Vatas can tolerate a more salty diet than Pittas and Kaphas.
You can eat salted nuts as a healthy snack.
A tall glass of warm, spiced milk will calm Vatas at bedtime.
Learn more about a Vata-pacifying diet here.