HEALTHY FOOD PROGRAM
Dosha Vata Food Program
According to Ayurveda, it’s important to eat foods that have a balancing effect on the dominant dosha, or that will pacify (stabilize) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Since Vata is drying, cooling and light, you shoud favor foods that are oily, warming, or heavy. The best tastes to pacify Vata are sweet, salty, and sour. Minimize foods that are pungent, bitter, or astringent.
Dosha Pitta Food Program
Since an excess of Pitta dosha overheats the mind and body, favor cool foods and liquids. Foods with sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are best. Also eat more cooling foods such as cucumbers, sweet fruits, and melons. Reduce foods that are pungent, salty, and sour.
Dosha Kapha Food Program
Because Kapha is heavy, oily, and cold, favor foods that are light, dry or warm. Foods with pungent, bitter and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha. Reduce foods with sweet, sour and salty tastes. Reduce the intake of dairy, which tends to increase Kapha. You can use small amounts of ghee, low-fat milk and low-fat yogurt. Eat beans. All beans are good for Kapha types except for soybeans and soybean-based foods such as tofu, which should be eaten in moderation.