Month: February 2016

Food Guidelines by body type in Ayurveda

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According to Ayurveda, diet is the most important tool for achieving balance of bio-energies (doshas). The Ayurvedic physician generally designs individualized diets for patients, based on various factors such as age, climate, place, the strength of the body tissues and the digestive fires, and the level of ama (toxins) in the body; the doshic tendencies that need to be balanced at a given time also being factors that affect dietary do’s and don’ts.

Food guidelines for ‘Vata’ type people

For VATA type people regularity in meal times is important for health. They can use more oil in cooking their foods than the other two doshas and experience better digestion if they limit their intake of raw foods. All dairy products are good for Vata with hard cheese being eaten sparingly. Well-cooked oats and rice are good for Vata because they are not too drying when cooked with plenty of water and butter or ghee. While cooked vegetables are best, the occasional salad with a good oily or creamy dressing is fine. 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.

Vegetables

Recommended are cooked vegetables. Asparagus, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Coriander, Cucumber, Daikon radish, Fennel, Garlic, Green beans, Green chilies, Radishes (raw), Sweet corn (fresh), Tomatoes (cooked or raw), Turnips, Wheat grass sprouts.

Fruits

Sweet fruits are recommended. Apples (cooked), Apple sauce, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Cherries, Coconuts, Dates (fresh), Figs (fresh), Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwi fruit, Lemons, Pomegranates, Prunes (dry), Raisins (dry), and Watermelons.

Animal Foods

Recommended
Beef, Buffalo, Chicken (dark/white), Duck, Eggs, Fish (freshwater/sea), Salmon, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark).

Best avoided
Lamb, Pork, Rabbit, Turkey (white), and Venison.

Dairy

Recommended
Most dairy food is healthy – Butter, Buttermilk, Cheese (hard/soft), Cottage cheese, Cow’s milk, Ghee, Goat’s cheese/milk, Ice cream, Sour cream, Yogurt (diluted/spiced).

Best avoided
Cow’s milk (powdered), Goat’s milk (powdered), Yogurt (plain, frozen, fruit).

Beverages

Recommended
Beverages are Alcohol (beer/wine in moderation), Almond milk, Aloe vera juice, Apple cider, Apricot juice, Berry juice (no cranberry juice), Carob, Carrot juice, Chai (Tea) with hot spiced milk, Cherry juice, Grain ‘coffee,’

Best avoided
Beverages are Apple juice, Black tea, Caffeinated beverages, Carbonated drinks, Chocolate milk, Coffee,

Nuts
Nuts are recommended in moderation – Almonds, Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Walnuts.

Condiments

Recommended
condiments are Black pepper, Kelp, Ketchup, Lime pickle, Mango chutney (sweet/spicy), Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Salt, Spring onions.

Vinegar is best avoided.

Food guidelines for ‘Pitta’ type people

Pitta people diet should be cooling, light, dry or little heavy. Preferred tastes are sweet, bitter and astringent. Sour, salty, fried and overcooked foods are not recommended. Three meals a day are sufficient, and they should remain emotionally calm and thankful. No meals should be taken after 7 p.m.

Vegetables

Recommended
Sweet, Bitter Vegetables, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beetroot (raw), Bitter melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots (raw/cooked), Cauliflower, Celery, Coriander, Cucumber.
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Best Avoided

Pungent Vegetables, Aborigine, Beetroot (raw), Burdock root, radish, Garlic, Green chilies, Horseradish, Kohlrabi, Leeks (raw), Mustard, Olives (green), Onions (raw), Peppers (hot), Prickly pears, Radishes (raw), Spinach (cooked/raw), Sweet corn (fresh), Tomatoes, Turnips

Fruits

Recommended
Sweet Fruit, Apples (sweet), Apple sauce, Apricots (sweet), Avocados, Berries (sweet), Cherries (sweet), Coconuts, Dates, Figs, Grapes (red/purple), Limes, Mangoes (ripe), Melons, Oranges (sweet), Papayas, Pears, Pineapples (sweet), Plums (sweet), Pomegranates, Prunes, Raisins, Watermelons
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Best Avoided
Sour Fruit, Apples (sour), Apricots (sour), Bananas, Berries (sour), Cherries (sour), Cranberries, Grapefruit, Grapes (green), Kiwi fruit, Lemons.

Animal Foods

Recommended
Buffalo, Chicken (white), Eggs (albumen/white only), Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), Venison
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Best Avoided

Beef, Chicken (dark), Duck, Eggs (yolk), Fish (sea), Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)

Dairy

Recommended
Butter (unsalted), Cheese (soft, unsalted,not aged), Cottage cheese, Cow’s milk, Ghee, Goat’s milk, Goat’s cheese (soft, unsalted), Ice cream, Sour cream, Yoghurt (freshly made, diluted)
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Best Avoided
Butter (salted), Buttermilk, Cheese (hard), Sour cream, Yoghurt (plain, frozen, fruit)

Beverages
Recommended
Alcohol (beer), Almond milk, Aloe vera juice, Apple juice, Apricot juice, Berry juice (sweet), Black tea, Carob, Chai (hot, spiced milk), Cherry juice (sweet), Cold dairy drinks, Grain ‘coffee’,

Best Avoided
Alcohol (spirits/wine), Apple cider, Berry juice (sour), Caffeinated beverages, Carbonated drinks, Carrot juice, Cherry juice (sour), Chocolate milk, Coffee, Cranberry juice.

Nuts
Recommended

Almonds (soaked/peeled)

Best Avoided
Almonds (with skin), Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts

Condiments

Recommended
Black pepper, Dulse, Hijiki, Kombu, Mango chutney (sweet), Tamar

Best Avoided
Chocolate, Gomasio, Kelp, Ketchup, Lime pickle, Mango chutney (spicy), Mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Salt (in excess), Seaweed, Spring onions, Vinegar

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Grains
Recommended

Amaranth, Barley, Cereal (dry), Couscous, Crackers, Durum flour, Granola, Oat bran, Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Pasta, Rice (basmati, white, wild), Rice cakes, Seitan (wheat ‘meat’), Spelt, Sprouted wheat bread, Tapioca, Wheat, Wheat bran

Best Avoided
Bread (yeast), Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Oats (dry), Polenta, Quinoa, Rice (brown), Rye

Oils
Recommended
Internal and External Use:, Canola, Flax seed, Ghee, Olive, Primrose, Soya, Sunflower, Walnut, External use only, Avocado, Coconut

Best Avoided
Almond, Apricot, Corn, Safflower, Sesame

Pulses
Recommended

Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas, Kidney beans, Lentils (brown/red), Lima beans, Mung dal, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soya beans, Soya cheese, Soya flour, Soya milk, Soya powder, Split peas, Tofu, White beans

Best Avoided

Miso, Soya sauce, Soya sausages, Tur dal, Urad dal

Seeds
Recommended
Flax, Halva, Popcorn (no salt, buttered), Psyllium, Pumpkin, Sunflower

Best Avoided
Sesame, Tahini

Food guidelines for ‘Kapha’ type people

Kapha people need a warm, light and dry diet. They must avoid cold, heavy and oily food to prevent mucus formation within the body. Preferred tastes are pungent, bitter and astringent. Sweet, salty and sour, and fried foods are not recommended. Kapha types should eat less, should fast regularly, sometimes they avoid breakfast or lunch for their own benefit.

Vegetables

Recommended
Pungent, Bitter Vegetables, Artichoke, Asparagus, Aubergine, Beetroot, Bitter melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Burdock root, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery.

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Best Avoided

Sweet, Juicy Vegetables, Courgettes, Cucumber, Olives, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Squash (winter), Sweet potato, Taro root, Tomatoes (raw)

Fruits

Recommended

Astringent Fruit, Apples, Apples sauce, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs (dry), Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Prunes, Raisins, Strawberries

Best Avoided

Sweet, Sour Fruit, Avocados, Bananas, Coconuts, Dates, Figs (fresh), Grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, Mangoes, Melons, Oranges, Papayas, Pineapples, Plums, Rhubarb, Tamarinds, Watermelon

Animal Foods

Recommended
Chicken (white), Eggs, Fish (freshwater), Rabbit, Shrimp, Turkey (white), Venison

Best Avoided

Beef, Buffalo, Chicken (dark), Duck, Fish (sea), Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Tuna fish, Turkey (dark)

Dairy

Recommended

Buttermilk, Cottage cheese (skimmed goat’s milk), Ghee, Goat’s cheese (unsalted, not aged), Goat’s milk (skimmed), Yoghurt (diluted)

Best Avoided

Butter (salted/unsalted), Cheese (soft/hard), Cow’s milk, Ice cream, Sour cream, Yoghurt (plain, frozen, fruit)

Beverages

Recommended
Alcohol (dry wine, red/white), Aloe vera juice, Apple cider, Apple juice, Apricot juice, Berry juice, Black tea (spiced), Carob, Carrot juice, Chai (hot, spiced milk), Cherry juice (sweet).

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Best Avoided
Alcohol (beer, spirits, sweet, wine), Almond milk, Caffeinated beverages, Carbonated drinks, Cherry juice (sour), Chocolate milk, Coffee,

Nuts

Recommended

None

Best Avoided

Almonds (soaked/peeled), Black walnuts, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Filberts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts

Condiments

Recommended
Black pepper, Dulse, Hijiki, Mango chutney (spicy), Mustard (without vinegar), Seaweed, Spring onions

Best Avoided
Chocolate, Gomasio, Kelp, Ketchup, Lime pickle, Mango chutney (sweet), Mayonnaise, Pickles, Salt, Tamari, Vinegar

Grains

Recommended
Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Cereal (cold, dry, puffed), Corn, Couscous, Crackers, Durum flour, Granola, Millet, Muesli, Oat bran, Oats (dry), Polenta, Quinoa, Rice (basmati, wild), Rye, Seitan (wheat ‘meat’), Spelt, Sprouted wheat bread

Best Avoided
Bread (yeast), Oats (cooked), Pancakes, Pasta, Rice (brown, white), Rice cakes, Wheat

Oils

Recommended
Internal and External Use:, Almond, Canola, Corn, Ghee, Sesame (external), Sunflower

Best Avoided
Apricot, Avocado, Coconut, Flax seed, Olive, Safflower, Sesame (internal), Soya, Walnut

Pulses

Recommended
Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Chick peas, Lentils (brown/red), Lima beans, Mung beans, Mung dal, Peas (dried), Pinto beans, Soya milk, Soya sausages, Split peas, Tempeh, Tofu (hot), Tur dal, White beans

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Best Avoided

Kidney beans, Miso, Soya beans, Soya cheese, Soya flour, Soya powder, Soya Sauce, Tofu (cold), Urad dal

Seeds

Recommended
Flax, Popcorn (no salt/butter), Pumpkin, Sunflower

Best Avoided
Halva, Psyllium, Sesame, Tahini

Thanks for reading. We hope this information was benefitial for you, and gives you more knowledge of what type of food are more suitable for you, and what are to be avoided. If you have any further question please feel free to contact us by email: info@bestayurveda.ca