Balancing Your Health Through Ayurveda
Now that you know your Dosha let’s get started in making you feel and look like your best self. Welcome to the world of Pitta Dosha. If you have not yet determined your Dosha Type- click here to take my quick dosha quiz.
Digestion is a key concept in Ayurvedic medicine. Eating healthy whole foods will balance your body, mind, and spirit and contribute to your overall wellness plan. Although there are many “whole/clean” diets out there (and eating this way generally will get you healthier than if you eat non-whole foods), the nutritional benefits can be individualized for you (specific to your Dosha). Basically, you will still be eating clean/Whole Foods, however, you will be fine-tuning the specific nutritional content to accommodate the superior dosha within your soul. If you are interested, I can also help you fine tune your diet by find out your sub-dosha.
Eating for your health: Pitta
Those of you with a Pitta constitution tend to be medium height. slender with a delicate body frame. Muscle development is moderate. Pitta complexion is likely coppery, yellowish, reddish or fair. Skin is soft and warm. Pittas tend to have good metabolisms, good digestion and as a result a really strong appetite. Pittas tend to ingest large quantities of food and liquid. Pittas tend to crave sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and enjoy cold drinks.
Pittas are ambitious people and tend to be natural born leaders. They tend to be intelligent and good orators. Pittas appreciate material things and tend to be moderately well-off financially.
Pittas tend to require fruits that are sweet and somewhat astringent. I’ve discovered some fruits can be on both the favor and avoid depending on how sweet or sour a particular piece of fruit is. Try not to combine fruits with other foods. Eating fruit 30 minutes before or 1 hour after other foods will help to ensure optimal digestion.
**Avoid all dairy except Ghee, Rice and Soy milk if you are lactose intolerant
Nuts and seeds:
Spices and Sweeteners:
Frozen or raw veggies:
All refined grains:
Nuts and Seeds:
Spices and Sweeteners:
To complicate matters- the best foods to eat change with the seasons (no one said this was going to be easy).
There is a great cookbook that I use as my bible- it’s called The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O’Donnell. In this book you will find a seasonal guide to eating for your dosha. It’s a fabulous cook book and will also teach you a lot about Ayurveda. Tomorrow I’m making the Yam and Oat Muffins (on page 237).
Stay tuned for more Pitta tips to come.
In good health- Sincerely,
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