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Bites for Balance: Your Dosha Diet

We’ve already introduced the Ayurvedic principle of your Dosha [hyperlink to the intro to Ayurveda article], but in case you’re new to the subject, here’s a brief breakdown.

Your Dosha is energy that defines your body’s unique composition. It’s comprised of the five natural elements (earth, fire, water, air and ether) that make up the building blocks of every living thing, as well as a set of qualities that you possess. In Ayurvedic philosophy, your Dosha is a powerful indicator of how you can cater your lifestyle to optimize your health in mind, body and spirit.

The three Doshas are Vata, which is Vitalize, Pitta, which we create for and call Balance, and Kapha, or what we call Align. Each has a unique set of qualities and characteristics that dictate many aspects of life, including one of the most significant factors in our health—our diet.

Vitalize: Vata

Vata Doshas are energetic, dynamic and flexible, with a tendency towards anxiety if out of balance. They are cold, changeable and light, making their ideal diet grounding and warm to balance these characteristics. Vata types should enjoy warming spices, cooked vegetables as opposed to raw ones, and should keep sweets to a minimum. Vata types should avoid pungent, bitter and astringent foods.

Foods to Eat: 

Avocado
Sweet Potato
Dates
Wild Rice
Beets
Peaches

For a wholesome Vata meal, try this recipe for Butternut Squash Soup.

Complete Balance: Kapha

Kapha is resolute, sturdy and steady. Their bodies are naturally cold and tend towards weight gain if out of balance. They have naturally oily, soft, and solid characteristics, so nutrition should be light, warm, pungent, bitter, and astringent to shake Kaphas from their sluggishness if out of balance. Oily, sweet, sour and salty foods should be avoided as they already have naturally abundant sources.

Foods to Eat:

Spinach
Okra
Berries
Peppers
Lemon & Lime
Mangoes

For a Kapha-Friendly feast, try this recipe for Mango Cardamom Quinoa Porridge.

Pacify Align: Pitta

The Pitta Dosha is characterized by a burning intensity. They are powerfully penetrating, sharp, and acidic. Pitta’s have a warm body temperature, excellent digestion and a healthy appetite—but when out of balance, their acidic nature can cause painful issues like ulcers. Certain foods that bring balance to pitta will have cooling properties to counter their natural heat. Others will be dry and mild to balance out their intensity. Pittas should favour bitter, sweet and astringent flavours over salty, pungent and sour ones—while avoiding ​spicy and sour foods.

Foods to Eat:

Cilantro
Watermelon
Celery
Coconut
Pasta
Mung Bean

For a delicious Pitta plate, try this recipe for Coconut Cilantro Rice.