Are you treating your own Dosha well?
Hey there our dear reader! We know that as a visitor to our website usually, you are the one with the questions. Yet, we have a burning question that we want to ask you: Are you treating your own Dosha well? By that, I mean are you consuming the food that is best suited for your own Dosha? Or maybe a more appropriate initial question would be: Do you know your own Dosha? If you are wondering what on earth a Dosha is, then you are yet to read our previous blog post. Worry not, just click here and start learning about Doshas!
Have you learned or already known what Doshas are and which Dosha you are? Great! Then read on to find out more about your own Dosha and others too.
- Create an Ayurvedic diet plan and establish a routine of regular meal times, ideally 3-4 times a day;
- Create a calm and relaxing experience, try not to get distracted by your surroundings and focus on the meal you’re consuming;
- Favour oily, soupy dishes, casseroles and other one-pot dishes;
- Eat more energetically sweet foods, such as rice, spelt, kamut, oats, quinoa, root vegetables, sweet fruits and organic dairy;
- Minimise white sugar, resort to more honey or maple syrup;
- Minimise your coffee or fizzy drink intake, as this can further aggravate your digestion system. Instead, resort to drinking more tea with ginger and herbs;
- Avoid foods that are cold, dry and hard (i.e. crackers, rice cakes, nuts, dried fruit, etc.);
- Avoid raw food, frozen food such as ice cream or iced drinks as much as possible.
The best herbs and spices to balance your Vata are - cumin, fennel, dill, black pepper, turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon.
Resort to cooking with good quality natural oils - hemp, sesame, olive, sunflower and flax.
- Only eat when you are genuinely hungry and not in between meals. Avoid eating in the evenings;
- Favour foods that are light and dry to counteract the fluid retention within your body;
- Raw food is seen as damp and cold, best to minimise it;
- Favour foods that are spicy and bitter. Prepare vegetables in a rich garlicky sauce and mix in some ginger on top;
- Fresh Ginger is best for Kapha types. Try to consume at least some in your cooking throughout the day or even consume some ginger drops in your water in the morning;
- Limit fatty foods that are rich in oil such as red meat or nuts, bakes, fried food, cheese or yoghurt;
- A vegetarian diet is recommended. If you eat meat, resort to more white meats over red;
Key herbs to warm your digestion are black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and turmeric. Enjoy hot, spicy, warming drinks with herbs such as ginger, cinnamon and fennel.
- Create an Ayurvedic diet plan and establish a routine of eating regular meals, ideally 3 times a day;
- Favour foods that are sweet, bitter and refreshing, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, quinoa, barley, oats, milk, butter, green leafy vegetables, rocket and rhubarb;
- Raw foods are naturally cooling, so mixing fresh fruit into your diet will support your diet. Try not to mix raw and cooked foods together in one meal;
- Avoid onions, spicy food, chillies, mustard, raw garlic or any sour foods, such as yoghurt or cheese;
- Minimise your use of salt and salty foods;
- Favour all the sweet fruits but avoid the sour-tasting ones such as oranges, grapefruits and pineapples. Lemon and lime are fine in moderation.
The best spices for Pitta are ginger, fennel, coriander, black pepper and turmeric. The best oils for Pitta are olive, sunflower and coconut oil, as well as ghee or unsalted butter.
With all of this information, we have only touched the tip of the iceberg of truly grasping the ins and outs of an Ayurvedic diet. If you’re interested and want to learn more, contact an Ayurvedic Diet specialist or consult with your dietician.
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Written by: Jonas Leskevicius