Any Pitta dosha imbalance leads to most Pittas’ predicament: emotional overeating due to emotional stress. That’s because stress creates an excess of gastric acid in your stomach. Believe it or not, this is why you so often feel ravenously hungry and crave sweet, heavy, and “cooling” foods (like ice cream and iced drinks).
If this sounds like you, read on.
You’ll discover here how to balance your Ayurveda Pitta type with simple nutritional tips, your Ayurvedic diet for weight loss, including specific supplements helpful for your Pitta dosha.
Before anything else, you should know that the slightest imbalance in your Pitta energy disturbs your naturally strong & efficient digestion, which otherwise allows you to eat just about everything.
That’s why it is very important to understand what’s happening when you skip meals – a frequent diet mistake of the perpetually busy Pittas… Just think of setting an empty pot on the stove: the heat is on, but there’s nothing to be cooked; so the pot itself gets burned.
Similarly, if you don’t feed your strong digestive fire regularly, next time when you eat the food gets “burned” – because there’s too much acidity in your stomach. As a result, the food isn’t digested properly. This creates loads of toxins in your system, slows down your metabolism and hinders the absorption of nutrients – no wonder your energy ups & downs!
The three most important adjustments you could make in your Ayurveda diet are these:
What to Favor: according to Ayurveda diet, as a Pitta dosha you should favor cool/warm, dry food with moderately heavy textures and sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes: sweet & fully-ripened fruits, milk, skimmed cream cheese, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, green beans, zucchini.
A great weight loss help for you as a Pitta type is daikon radish – grate it and add it raw over your other cooked vegetables for an exquisite flavor.
Use (in moderation) good fats like olive and flaxseed oil in salads; for cooking, especially good for you is coconut oil, very helpful in weight loss.
All these healthy cooking oils lubricate and help repair your stomach lining, easily damaged by hyperacidity.
Here’s an example of daily menus that will pacify your Pitta dosha making your body release the extra weight fast and with ease.
Breakfast: try cold cereals or cinnamon toast and a cup of slightly warm milk or apple tea; another good choice is a cinnamon fruit stew of apples, pears, prunes, or figs – it will soothe the digestive fire without overloading it.
Lunch: this should be the heaviest meal of the day and it is best to include:
Late afternoon snack: try some sweet, juicy fruits like apples, cherries, mangoes, melons, plums or red/black grapes.
Dinner: Have a light dinner (try not to eat later than 7 PM) including steamed asparagus, broccoli, peppers, green beans, mushrooms topped with skimmed cottage or ricotta cheese and a light desert of baked sweet fruits or rice milk.
Just before bed, try a cup of warm milk with some shredded coconut or orange rind; these mild, sweet flavors will calm and relax you for a restful sleep.
What to Avoid: according to Ayurveda diet for weight loss, as a Pitta dosha you should avoid any fried & steaming hot foods, salty, fatty, or sour foods (pickles, yogurt, sour cream, sour fruits, tomatoes, vinegar, and anything fermented).
Another nutritional recommendation of Ayurveda diet for Pitta types is to avoid condiments and hot spices like mustard, cayenne, chillies, ginger, black pepper and clove.
Avoid also hot drinks, yeast bread, aged cheese, red meat, potatoes, and reduce “heating” grains like brown rice and corn, and “warming” vegetables like carrots, beets, spinach, eggplant, onion, and garlic.
Stay away from honey and protein powder drinks, as they create hyper-acidity. Pass up all nuts except coconut (shredded) and almonds (in small amounts).
Any processed & fast foods are completely out of question, as they contain bad fats that create huge amounts of stomach acid and throw your Pitta dosha completely out of balance.
(Discover specific foods to avoid for your Kapha dosha)
Ayurveda Kapha diet helps you boost your metabolism, as you naturally have a sluggish one and tend to always be 5-10 pounds overweight.
With a Kapha type, forget about being skinny!
You gain weight easily, even though you eat smaller amounts of food than the other two types.
How frustrating is this??
You should know that this is caused by a slow metabolism due to a lack of the digestive fire that converts the denser elements from food into energy.
When the right amount of fire energy (Pitta energy) is missing, the water and earth elements dominate, creating inertia and sluggishness throughout your whole body.
What’s the easiest way to correct this?
First, use this Kapha balancing diet.
Second, add the missing heating quality of the fire element to the water you drink: boil it for 5 min. and sip it throughout the day, especially during winter… As a result, you’ll feel an increased warmth and energy throughout your body, which is a clear sign that your metabolism is higher, burning more body fat.
So let’s get down to it.
The most important adjustment you can make in your diet is to have lunch (your heaviest meal) at noon, when your digestive power peaks. If you’re not hungry at that time, stimulate your appetite with some bitter taste (tonic water, grapefruit, bean soup, or an endive appetizer).
What to Favor: according to Ayurveda’s Kapha diet you should use dry cooking (baking, grilling and roasting instead of boiling, sautéing and steaming) and a minimum amount of healthy cooking oils.
Favor coconut oil for weight loss – over any other fats – as it particularly balances your Kapha dosha, helping you to lose weight with much less effort.
Limit as much as you can all other fats and all heavy sauces.
Instead, use herbs and spices generously – ginger is particularly good for increasing your digestion.
Also, sesame, turmeric, cumin, chilli, and fenugreek are all very good for you because they improve your digestion, help you burn body fat and reduce cholesterol (turmeric in particular)
Also, favor hot, stimulating drinks (energizing herbal teas) and warm, light and dry food with pungent, bitter and astringent taste: asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplants, endives, green leafy vegetables, lettuce, mushrooms, peas, spinach.
Kapha diet recommends to eat lightly cooked foods instead of raw fruits and vegetables (except salads), as they are difficult to digest and could aggravate your dosha.
Here’s an example of daily Kapha diet menus that will pacify your dosha imbalance, helping your body release the extra weight more easily.
Breakfast is completely optional in Kapha diet. In fact, you are better off with just a hot ginger tea or hot water with fresh lemon juice and honey – these will keep you going till noon.
If you really need to have breakfast some days, try a fruit stew (compote) made of apples, pears, peaches, berries or prunes.
Alternatively (if carbs aren’t an issue for you), have a buckwheat muffin with just a touch of honey and a hot, spiced cider.
Lunch: this should be the heaviest meal of the day and is best to include:
Late afternoon snack: have some dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, figs, raisins with sunflower or pumpkin seeds (the only seeds or nuts allowed in the Kapha diet).
Dinner: try a warm vegetable soup spiced with a bit of cumin, fresh ginger, black pepper or turmeric and some rye crackers.
Then, just before bed, have a warm cup of low-fat milk with a pinch of ginger or saffron for an exciting, Kapha-balancing flavor.
What to Avoid: with a Kapha type you should avoid any frozen or cold foods and iced drinks, fatty, salty, deep fried foods and alcohol.
Replace small quantities of raw, unpasteurized honey for all your other sweeteners (but don’t heat it over 40°C/104 F).
Avoid fruits & vegetables that are too sweet, juicy or sour, like bananas, dates, grapes, melons, pineapple, oranges, tomatoes, potatoes (contain too much starch).
Also, avoid or reduce as much as you can fatty red meat, cold cuts, soy products, fermented & aged cheese, yogurt, and all regular fat dairy in general.
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