Dietary regimens and advices for vatha, pitha and kapha persons
General dietary advices for vatha
General food rules for lessening vatha include warm, well-cooked, oily foods.
One should have small meals two or three times a day and may snack as required while maintaining a three hour gap between each meal.
Regularity in meal times is important for vatha. Those with vatha-dominant constitutions may take soups, stews and casseroles. They can use more oil in cooking their foods and experience improved digestion if they limit their intake of raw foods.
Well-cooked oats and rice are good for vatha. Cooked vegetables are best for vatha. The occasional salad with a good oily or creamy dressing is good for them.
The astringent and Drying fruits, such as cranberries, pomegranates and raw apples, should be avoided. Fruit should always be eaten by itself on an empty stomach.
Nightshades - tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers - as well as spinach should be avoided if the vatha person has stiff, painful joints or muscles. Sweet, ripe and juicy fruits are good for vatha.
Beans are difficult to digest and should be consumed in partial amount by those trying to pacify vatha. The legumes should be the split type and soaked before cooking. Cooking them with a little oil and spices, such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic and hingu (asafetida), will help prevent vatha from being disturbed.
Many vatha people can please their requisite for protein by careful use of dairy products, but can also use eggs, chicken, turkey, fresh fish and venison. All nuts and seeds are good for vatha, but are best used as butters or milks.
* Ten almonds soaked in water overnight with skins removed the next morning, are a satisfying early morning food.
* Sesame oil is warming for vatha, but all oils are good.
* All dairy products are good for vatha with hard cheese being eaten sparingly. * * All spices are good, but should not be overused.
* Vatha can have half a glass of wine, diluted with water, during or after a meal.
* Since vatha people tend to be prone to addiction, they should avoid sugar, caffeine and tobacco. One should seek relaxation and meditation to reduce vatha.
General guidelines for balancing vatha
Avoid cold, frozen or raw foods
Avoid extreme cold
Eat warm foods and spices
Keep a regular routine
Get plenty of rest
General Dietary Considerations for pitha
General food guidelines for pacifying pitha include evading sour, salty and pungent foods. Vegetarianism is best for pitha people and they should abstain from eating meat, eggs, alcohol and salt. To help cool their natural aggressiveness and compulsiveness, it is beneficial to combine sweet, cooling, bitter foods and tastes into their diets.
Barley, rice, oats and wheat are good grains for pitha dominant individuals and vegetables should form a considerable part of their diet. Tomatoes, radishes, chillies, garlic and raw onions should be avoided.
In fact, any vegetable that is too sour or hot will aggravate pitha, but most other vegetables will help to calm. Daikon radishes are cleansing for the liver when pitha is in balance. Salads and raw vegetables are good for pitha types in the spring and summer as are any sweet fruits. Sour fruits should be avoided with the exception of limes, used sparingly.
Animal foods, especially seafood and eggs, should only be taken in control by pitha types.
Meats like that of chicken, turkey and rabbits are good.
* All legumes except red and yellow lentils are good in small amounts, with black lentils, chickpeas and mung beans being the best.
* Most nuts and seeds have too much oil and are heating for pitha. However, coconut is cooling and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all right occasionally. Small amounts of coconut, olive and sunflower oils are also good for pitha.
* Coffee, alcohol and tobacco should be completely avoided, although the occasional beer may be relaxing for a pitha person. Black tea may also be used occasionally with a little milk and a pinch of cardamom.
* Sweet dairy products are good and include milk, unsalted butter, ghee and soft and unsalted cheeses. Yogurt can be used if it is blended with spices, a little sweetener and water.
* In fact, pitha people can use a sweetener better than the other two doshas because it relieves pitha. However, they should avoid hot spices, using cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel and turmeric predominantly, with small amounts of cumin and black pepper.
General guidelines for balancing pitha
Avoid excessive heat
Avoid excessive oil
Avoid excessive steam
Limit salt intake
Eat cooling, non-spicy foods
Exercise during the cooler part of the day
General Dietary Considerations for kapha
Dietary guidelines for kapha people suggest bitter, astringent and pungent tastes. They actually need foods that will revitalize their minds while limiting their overall consumption of food. They should avoid dairy products and fats of any kind, especially fried or greasy foods and bodies
Those with kapha dominant constitutions need less grain than pitha or vatha constitutions with buckwheat and millet (more heating) being optimal grains for them followed by barley, rice and corn. Roasted or Dry cooked grains are also best.
All vegetables are good for kapha but one should emphasize leafy greens and vegetables grown above ground more than root vegetables while avoiding very sweet, sour or juicyvegetables.
* Generally kapha people can eat raw vegetables although steamed or stir-fried are easier to digest. Very sweet or sour fruits should be avoided with the more astringent and Drying fruits being preferable such as apples, apricots, cranberries, mangoes, peaches and pears.
* Rarely do kapha people need animal foods and, when they do, it should be Dry cooked - baked, roasted, broiled - never fried. They could eat chicken, eggs, rabbit, seafood and venison. As their bodies do not require large amounts of protein, they also should not over eat legumes although these are better for them than meat because of the lack of fat. Black beans, mung beans, pinto beans and red lentils are best for kapha types.
* The heavy qualities of nuts and seeds aggravate kapha as does the oil in them. Occasional sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all right. Almond, corn, safflower or sunflower oils can be used in small amounts as well. The same holds true for dairy products. In general, kapha people should avoid the heavy, cooling, sweet qualities of dairy. A little ghee for cooking and some consumption of goat’s milk is good for kapha types.
* Since kapha people should avoid sweets, the only sweetener they should use is raw honey, which is heating. However, they can use all spices, except salt, with ginger and garlic being best for them.
A person whose dominant dosha is kapha and who has very little influence from the other two doshas can benefit from the occasional use of stimulants such as coffee and tea.
* They are also not as harmed by tobacco and hard liquor. However, they really do not need alcohol at all. If they elect to use alcohol, wine is their best choice.
General guidelines for balancing kapha
Get sufficient of exercise
Avoid heavy foods
Avoid iced food or Drinks
Vary your routine
Avoid fatty, oily foods
Eat light, Dry food
No daytime sleeps