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Ayurveda & Diet

Choice of Food

In planning the diet it is necessary to know which food to have or avoid based on ones personal doshic constitution or imbalance. For easy reference therefore some of the acceptable and avoidable items for each doshic type has been 
listed below :

Fruits

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

apples
dates
figs (dry)
pomegranate
raisin
pears

Avocades
grapes
lemons
bananas
sweet oranges
plum
figs (fresh)
mango

apples(sour)
berries(sour)
cranberries
strawberries
banana
lemon
peaches

apples(sweet)
berries(sweet)
coconuts
dates
figs
avocados
sweet melons
plums
pomegranates

bananas
dates
grapes
water melons
sweetners
melons
mango
coconut

apples
berries
cranberries
pomegranates
dried fruits
strawberries in small amounts

 

Dairy

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

cheese
cow’s milk
powdered
yogurt

dairy
fresh, whole
un-homogenized milk
ghee
little butter
white meat (chicken, fish or turkey – baked or broiled)
chicken broth

yogurt
sour cream

fresh ghee
fresh whole un-homogenized milk

 

milk
clarified butter cheese

just a little dairy
goat milk and ghee in moderation

 

 

Grains

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Barley
corn
cereals
granola
millet
tapioca

white or brown basmati rice
wheat
oats
quinoa

Corn
millet
oat(dry)
quinoa
polenta

white or brown basmati rice, wheat
barley
oat bran
oats
wheat or wheat bran

Bread(with yeast)
oat(cooked)
wheat
white rice
cane

barley buckwheat cousous millet
muesli
oats
oat bran
small amount of wheat

 

Meat

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

turkey
rabbit
pork
lamb

white meat (chicken, fish and turkey - baked or broiled)
chicken broth

meat
chicken
ducks
eggs
pork
salmon
sardines

baked or broiled chicken, turkey or white fish in moderate amounts

beef
buffalo
chicken
duck

fresh water fish
shrimp
rabbit
venison
small amount of white meat

 

Vegetables

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Cabbage(raw)
Cauliflower(raw)
Peas
Potatoes
Spinach
Eggplant
Mushroom
Raddish(raw)
Spinach
Tomatoes(raw)

beets
cauliflower(cooked)
leeks
carrots
asparagus
cilantro
fennel and a little bit of garlic
green beans
greens chillies
okra
parsnips
pumpkins
radishes( preferably cooked)

Beet
greens
Carrots
Garlic
Green Chillies
Onion
Peppers
Prickly pear
Radishes
Spinach
Turnips

asparagus
broccoli
cabbage
cucumber
cooked onions
sweet
potatoes
sprouts
squash and a small amount of okra and cauliflower

Cucumber
Olives
Potato
Pumpkin
Spaghetti
Squash
Tomato(raw)

asparagus
beets
bitter
melons
broccoli
beet greens
cabbage
garlic
fennel
carrot
horseradish
leafy greens
leeks
lettuce
okra
cooked onions
spinach
sprouts
squash
turnip and a small amount of artichoke, burdock root and brussels sprouts

 

Spices

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Carawas  

Ajwan
Almond extract
Aruise
Basil
Bay leaf
Black pepper
All spices are good.
cilantro, cummin, corriander and fennel seeds, turmeric and asafoetida(hing)

Ajwan Anise
Asafoctida Basil
Bay leaf Garlic
Ginger Mace Pippai Mustard
Seeds   

Black pepper cardamom coriander seeds
cinnamon cilantro fennel seeds fresh basil
dill turmeric and a small amount of cumin and fresh ginger

Salt  

chillies, ginger, cinnamon, clove, fenugreek and bay leaves Ajawan Arvise Asafoetida
Bay leaf Caraway
Cinnamon Dill Mace Nutmeg Saffron

 

Nuts

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

None

small amount of almonds pecans and sesame seeds

Almonds Cashew Peanuts
Pinenuts

sunflower seeds and almonds in moderate amount

Almonds Black Walnuts Brazil nuts Filberts Hazelnuts Peanuts Pine nuts
Walnuts

small amount of almonds ,
charole

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