Diet for Dosha

QUANTITY OF FOODNeed to eat more food but cannot take too much at once, thus should have more frequent meals. Without increased intake of good quality food that is well digested, most Vata problems cannot be curedPitta people fall in between and can do well with three meals a dayShould try to eat less, eat less often, and avoid overeating. Without reduction of food intake, most Kapha problems cannot be cured
COMBINATION OF FOODVatas tolerate the fewest food combinations, though it is their tendency to eat many different things at oncePittas can tolerate the most food combinations with their good digestive fireKaphas fall in between with a steady, but slow digestive power
SPICING OF FOODVata does best with rich food and moderate spices (unless they are depleted in which case strong spices have an ungrounding effect upon them)Pittas do best with moderately rich food and light spicingKapha types require light food with strong and hot spices
SEASONSANTI-VATA diet should be considered in the fall and winterANTI-PITTA diet should be considered in the summerANTI-KAPHA diet should be considered in the late winter and in early spring
VATA-PITTA types should follow an anti-Vata diet more in the fall and winter and anti-Pitta diet in the spring and summerPITTA-KAPHA types should follow an anti-Pitta diet in summer and fall and anti-Kapha in spring and winterVATA-KAPHA types should follow anti-Vata diet in the summer and fall and anti-Kapha diet in the winter and spring
FRUITIn moderation and soaked if dry. Most fruit is good: apricots, bananas, cherries, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango, papaya, peach, pear, persimmon, pineapple, plum, pomegranate, orange, raisin, raspberry, strawberry, tangerineDried fruit (generally), apples (raw), melons, cranberries
VEGETABLES(Cooked): beet, bell pepper, carrot, cilantro, hot pepper, Jerusalem artichoke, mustard green, okra, onion, parsley, radish, sweet potato, winter squash, yamAlfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, peas, potato, spinach, squash, tomato, turnip, zucchiniToo many raw vegetables. Generally: mushrooms, lettuce
GRAINSBasmati rice, brown rice, oats, wheatBarley, buckwheat, corn millet, ryeDry grains, granola, corn chips
BEANSMungAduki, black gram, chickpea, lima, peanuts, tofuFava, kidney, navy, pinto, lentil, split pea
NUTS & SEEDSAll nuts and seed are good except in excess, particularly almonds and sesame seeds
OILSAll organic high quality oils are generally good, particularly sesame, almond and ghee
DAIRYAll organic grass-fed humane non-GMO dairy products are good, particularly those that are sour, buttermilk and kefir
SWEETENERSAll natural organic sweeteners are alright in moderation and in the right food combinations
CONDIMENTSAll high quality organic condiments are good including spices, salt, fermented foods, pickles and vinegar
ANIMAL PRODUCTSAll humanely treated animal products are generally good for grounding Vata but are deranging to the mind. Fish and eggs are better than meat in this regard, chicken better than red meat. Karmic consequences must not be forgotten for its possible disease inducing potential
FRUITSweet and astringent fruit: apple, cranberry, date, fig, grape, mango, melon, pear, persimmon, pineapple, plum, pomegranate, pruneSour fruit: apricot, banana, cherry, lemon, lime, orange, papaya, plum, peach, strawberry
VEGETABLESAlfalfa sprouts, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, cucumber, green bean, lettuce, mushroom, okra, peas, potato, squash, turnip, zucchiniBeet, carrot, chard, eggplant, mustard green, parsley, spinach, sweet potato, tomatoChillies (hot peppers), garlic, onion, pickles, radishes
GRAINSBasmati rice, oats, wheat, corn, granolaBrown rice, buckwheat, millet, rye, corn chips
BEANSMost are okay but are rajasic except aduki, mung, and tofu which are sattvicLentils especially red
NUTS & SEEDSCoconut, sunflower seedsPine nuts, pumpkin seeds, soaked almondsAll other nuts, particularly roasted and salted
OILSButter, coconut, ghee, sunflower, flax, olive in moderationAll other oils
DAIRYOrganic, grass-fed, humanely treated. Sweet dairy, especially milk, cream cheese, cottage cheeseButtermilk, kefir, yogurtSour cream, salty cheese
SWEETENERSAll organic natural sweeteners are good except honey, jaggary and molasses
CONDIMENTSCoriander, cumin, fennel, mint turmeric and soy sauce in moderationCondiments are to be avoided including spices, salt and vinegar
ANIMAL PRODUCTSAnimal products should generally be avoided except egg whites and white meat of chicken if one wants to take them
FRUITDry fruit, apple, cranberry, raisin, pruneApricot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango, papaya, pomegranateSweet fruit: banana, cherry, date, fig, grape, melon, orange, pear, peach, persimmon, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry
VEGETABLESAstringent and pungent vegetables: alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, artichokes, beans, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, celery, chillies, cilantro, lettuce, mushroom, mustard green, parsley, peas, potato, radish, turnipCauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, squash, spinach, tomatoOkra, sweet potato
GRAINSBarley, buckwheat, corn rye, dry grainsMillet, rice, granolaOats, wheat
BEANSAll beans are generally good, particularly soybean products, but tofu can aggravate very high kapha conditions
NUTS & SEEDSAll nuts and seeds should generally be avoided except for pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
OILSOils should only be taken in small quantity: only corn, safflower, soy, sunflower or a little ghee
DAIRYDairy should generally be avoided, except for goat’s milk or a small amount of buttermilk (unsalted): soy milk is preferable
SWEETENERSAll sweeteners should be avoided except honey (cooked)
CONDIMENTSAll spices are good, particularly cayenne, black pepper, garlic and gingerSalt, vinegar, pickles
ANIMAL PRODUCTSChicken and turkey are okay if one wants to eat meatAnimal products should be generally avoided, particularly pork and beef.