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 Dietary regimen for individuals of different constitution types:

¶yurveda prescribes different type food regimen for individuals of different constitutions for their health.

 Dietary regimen for individuals of kapha constitution

Persons having kapha constituion should follow the food plan given below:

Warm, light food, dry food, cooked without much water, minimum of butter, oil and sugar are recommended. Stimulating foods with pungent, bitter, astringent tastes, and too much consumption of sweet foods or fatty foods or salt should be avoided, as the same may result in fluid retention in kaphas. Light meals are to be favoured such as light breakfast and dinner. Avoid deep fried foods. Eat lightly cooked foods or raw fruits and vegetables. Prefer hot food over cold food whenever feasible. As an appetiser eat bitter or pungent foods instead of salty or sour. Take ginger tea or a pinch or ginger to stimulate appetite. Other preferred spices are cumin, fenugreek, sesame seed and turmeric. Avoid cold cereals, cold juice or milk, and sugary pastries. Bacon and sausage aggravates kapha due to their salt and oil. To pep you up in the morning, take honey, hot water, lemon juice and ginger. Try hot ginger tea. Try skipping a meal or two and take a spoonful of honey in hot water to keep you going. Kaphas have a sweet tooth. So, cutting down on sugar is difficult for many of them. Cutting sugar is recommended. Take honey instead. Avoid taking more than a spoonful of honey a day. Don't overindulge on dairy foods. Butter, ice cream, and cheese are among the worst foods you can take as it aggravates the kapha. Take warm low fat milk. Eat raw fruits, vegetables and salads. Watch out the restaurant foods, especially oily, salty, sweet or deep fried foods - these are all kapha aggravating. Eat salad with minimum salad dressing. Take a glass of hot water instead of ice water. Eat salad instead of soup especially in hot weather.

Following vegetables are prescribed

Pungent and bitter foods such as: Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Garlic, leafy green vegetables, lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Spinach, Sprouts.

Following Fruits are prescribed

Apples, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Mangoes, Peaches, Pears, Prunes, Pomegranates, Dried fruits in general are good for kapha. (Apricots, Figs, Prunes, Raisins).

Following Grains are prescribed

Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Oats, Rye, Basmati rice

 Dietary regimen for individuals of vÈta constitution

Persons having vÈta constitution should follow the recommendations given below for maintain sound health and long life:

Warm food, moderately heavy textures, added butter and fat having salty, sour, and sweet tastes are recommended. Use foods such as warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals, fresh baked bread. Since vata is a cold dry do–a, warm, nourishing foods such as these are good for stabilising vÈta. On the other hand cold foods such as cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and greens are not very good. Take a hot herbal tea with snacks in the late afternoon. Avoid drinks with high caffeine as vata gets disturbed by it. Use spicy foods that are cooked in oil. Use warm moist foods such as cooked grains and cereals, bowl of hot oatmeal or cup of steaming vegetable soup. Warm milk is good. You can add a little sugar or honey to it if you prefer. Avoid eating candies as it disturbs vÈta. Prefer salted nuts that are heavy and oily as opposed to dry salty snacks. All sweet fruits are ok. Avoid unripe fruits as they are astringent . Take warm or hot water instead of ice water and drinks.

Following Fruits are prescribed

Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Cherries, Coconut, Fresh Figs, Grapefruit, Lemons, Grapes, Mangos, Sweet Melons, Oranges, Papaya, Pineapple, Peaches, Plums, Sour Fruits, Stewed fruits, Sweet, well-ripened fruits in general are recommended.

Following Vegetables are prescribed

Cooked vegetables, Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Cucumber, Garlic, Green beans, Onions, Cooked onions, Cooked sweet potato, Radishes, Turnips.

Following Grains are prescribed

Oats (as cooked oatmeal cereal, not dry), cooked Rice and Wheat.

 Dietary regimen for individuals of pitta constitution

Persons having pitta constitution should follow the recommendations given below for maintain sound health and long life:

Cool or warm but not steaming hot foods having bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes are recommended. As far as possible use less butter and added fat. Consume food with moderately heavy textures. Since Pittas have strong efficient digestion, they can generally eat just about everything. Most Pitta metabolic type  get into trouble by continued use of too much salt, overuse of sour and spicy food and overeating. Take cool, refreshing food in summer. Reduce the consumption of salt, oil, and spices, all of which are "heating" to the body. Salads are good, so is milk and ice cream. Avoid pickles, yoghurt, sour cream, and cheese. Avoid vinegar in salad dressing; use lemon juice instead. Alcoholic and fermented foods should be avoided. Their sour Rasa aggravates Pitta. Coffee is also pitta aggravating due to the acid in coffee. Herbal tea is good. Prefer mint or other pitta pacifying tea. Non-vegetarian foods are highly prohibited for people having pitta type of metabolism. Avoid the tendency to overeat under stress. Avoid processed and fast foods as they tend to be heavy on salt and sour tastes. To bring down aggravated Pitta, take two teaspoons of ghee (clarified butter) in a glass of warm milk. (Avoid taking the ghee if you have problem with high cholesterol)

Following vegetables are prescribed

Sweet and bitter vegetables: Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Green beans, Green (sweet) peppers, Leafy green, vegetables, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Zucchini

Following Fruits are prescribed

Sweet Fruits: Apples, Avocados, Cherries, Coconut, Figs, Dark grapes, Mangoes, Melons, Oranges, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins 

Following Grains are prescribed

Barley, Oats, Wheat, White rice (prefer Basmati rice)




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