Once you’ve identified your primary Ayurvedic dosha or mind-body constitution, you can work towards achieving perfect health by eating to for your dosha-type. This could mean that you need to experiment with making a few changes to your diet that will help keep your body in balance. Of course, you won’t be able to stick to these guidelines all the time, but being conscious of your body’s natural tendencies is a great way to help control your moods, keep your energy up, and maximize your ojas, or vitality.
How to Eat for the Kapha Dosha
1. Eat warm, cooked, light foods with bitter, pungent and astringent tastes.
2. Avoid heavy oils and butters. Opt for lighter oils such as olive or canola oil.
3. Avoid caffeine in excess and sugars—try cutting down on the mochas and opting for tea instead.
4. Avoid heavy, congestive foods that are difficult to digest such as pastas, breads and cakes.
5. Eat plenty of dark leafy green and brightly colored vegetables like celery, carrots, spinach, and tomatoes.
6. Eat plenty of citrus fruits and berries. Drink citrus, fruit and vegetable juices.
7. Avoid more than three meals or snacks in a day and maintain a gap of at least four hours between meals.
8. Avoid high protein diets for extended periods—the lack of other nutrients will begin to set off imbalances in your doshas.
9. Sip a specially blended Kapha tea (available from health food stores) to balance digestion in the stomach and prevent discomfort during and after mealtimes.
10. Flush your system with water through the day—aim for at least 48 ounces.
11. Make sure that dinner is the lightest meal of the day and try to eat no later than sunset.
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