Air and Space /Ectomorph / Leaner/ Slender / Smaller bone frame
A Food Plan to Balance Vata Dosha
These guidelines can be used for Vata mind-body constitutions, to maintain dosha balance, and to restore balance if necessary, regardless of the basic constitution. Vata influences the movement of thoughts, feelings, prana flows, nerve impulses, and fluids in the body.
- Use warm moist foods such as cooked grains and cereals, bowl of hot oatmeal or cup of steaming vegetable soup.
- Warm almond or rice milk is good. You can add a little raw sugar or honey to it if you prefer.
- Prefer salted naturally oily nuts that are nutrient and dense and as opposed to dry salty snacks.
- All sweet fruits are rich in vitamin C and okay for Vata
- Take warm or hot water instead of ice water and drinks.
- Avoid eating candies as it disturbs Vata energy and is empty nutrition.
- Avoid unripe fruits as they are astringent
Summary: Breakfast is usually desirable. Hot foods and sweet and sour tastes. Reduce dry foods and bitter tastes. Warm or hot water and drinks. Raw nuts and nut butters. Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, cloves in moderation.
Fire and Water / Mesomorph / Athletic / Medium to strong bone frame / Good muscle tone
A Food Plan to Balance Pitta Dosha
These guidelines can be used for pitta mind-body constitutions, to maintain dosha balance and to restore balance if necessary regardless of the basic constitution. Pitta influences digestion and metabolism, body temperature, and biological transformations. Pitta has fire and water elements so balancing these elements with a cooling and soothing diet and lifestyle will help to maintain the balance.
- Since Pittas have strong efficient digestion Pittas, they can generally eat just about everything from healthy diets.
- General recommendation is to have warm or cooler meals and foods but not steaming hot foods
- Select from bitter, sweet, and astringent tasting foods
- Limit the use of butters and unhealthy fats. Healthy unsaturated fats can be used in cooking and baking.
- Moderately heavy carbohydrates and textures can be taken often.
- Most Pittas get into trouble by continued use of too much salt, overuse of sour and spicy food and overeating. Reduce the consumption of salt, oil, and spices, all of which are "heating" to the body. Pittas.
- Take cool, refreshing food in summer. Salads are good, so is milk and ice cream.
- Avoid pickles, yogurt, sour cream, and cheese.
- Avoid vinegar in salad dressing; use lemon juice instead.
- Alcoholic should be controlled and types of fermented foods should be avoided. Their acidic bases can aggravate Pitta.
- Minimize coffee as too much can aggravate pitta due to the acidity in coffee
- Herb tea’s are good. Recommend mint, licorice root, chamomile, white tea and other Pitta pacifying tea.
- Breakfast should be taken light. Cold cereals, cinnamon toast, and apple tea is a good breakfast for Pitta. Minimize excessive coffee, fermented orange juices and heavy foods such as doughnuts and carbohydrates rich foods particularly at breakfast time - they aggravate pitta.
- The vegetarian foods are the best for pitta. Consuming red meat tend to heat the body especially if consumed too much.
- Pitta should consume abundant amounts of milk, grains and vegetables.
- Avoid oily, hot, salty, and heavy foods such as fried food. Instead consume starchy foods such as vegetables, grains and beans. Avoid the tendency to overeat under stress. Japanese and Chinese foods are good choices.
- Avoid too many processed, fast foods and highly spicy foods.
- If your basic constitution is mixed (pitta-vata or pitta-kapha), to maintain balance, include smaller portions of options for the second dosha.
- Pitta dosha is aggravated and increased during summer. During hot, dry seasons, keep the diet lighter.
- Mental and emotional peace and constructive balancing lifestyle routines are important to restoring and maintaining balance.
Earth and Water / Endomorph / Strong Bone Frame / Larger Build/ Strong Muscles / Tendency to Gain and Hold onto Weight
A Food Plan to Balance Kapha Dosha
These guidelines can be used for Kapha mind-body constitutions, Kapha body type influences the heavier, moist aspects of the body. Maintain the body dosha balance with Kapha body type is important to keep the balance and to restore the energy.
- Eat lightly cooked foods, can increase dry foods cooked without much water
- Minimum use of butters, oils and sugar, avoiding deep fried foods, watch the consumption of too much sweet foods and or fatty foods.
- Take stimulating foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent foods and tastes. Can eat spicy, hot and bitter foods.
- Kapha need to limit too much salt consuming, which tend to result in fluid retention in Kaphas
- Watch out for eating too much food, a typical Kapha tendency.
- Select hot food over cold food whenever feasible. Dry cooking methods (baking, broiling, grilling, sauteing are preferable for kaphas over moist cooking such as steaming, boiling or poaching.
- Pungent foods can be taken and foods such as romaine lettuce, endive, or tonic water are good to stimulate your appetite.
- Take ginger tea or a pinch or ginger to stimulate appetite. Other preferred spices are cumin, fenugreek, sesame seed and turmeric.
- Any food that is spicy is good for kaphas such as very hot Mexican or Indian food, especially in winter.
- Foods that are good for kapha breakfast are hot spiced cider, buckwheat pancakes with apple butter, corn muffins, and bitter cocoa made with skim milk and a touch of honey.
- Avoid cold cereals, cold juice or milk, and sugary pastries. Bacon and sausage aggravates kapha due to their salt and oil. For kapha types, breakfast is optional. (You may skip it if you like).
- To pep you up take honey, hot water, lemon juice and ginger. Try hot ginger tea. Try skipping a meal or two and take a spoonful of honey in hot water to keep you going. Fasting can be a good detox for Kapha.
- Cutting sugar is recommended. Take honey instead.
- Limit dairy foods. butter, ice cream, and cheese, avoid fast foods.
- Can take warm low fat milks with coffee or tea.
- Eat lots of raw fruits, vegetables and salads.