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The Ayurveda has considered the diet in detail. A well balanced Ayurvedic diet is essential to restore balance of ‘Tridoshas‘ which is very much important for maintaining a Healthy body. Depending on one’s dosha some foods can be beneficial while others can harm your constitution. Same foods from one dosha may have the opposite effect on another dosha. Right diet is the foundation of healing according to the science of Ayurveda. So to maintain a good health, you must know that a healthy and balanced diet is the one that balances our doshas. You might like to join The Ayurvedic Balance Diet Club to keep your diet healthy and well balanced.
When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.Ayurvedic Proverb
What’s included in this Well Balanced Ayurvedic diet guide?
- The Three Doshic States
- The Six Tastes in an Ayurvedic Diet
- Ideal Diet for a Person with Vata Prakriti
- Ideal Diet for a Person with Pitta Prakriti
- Ideal Diet for a Person with Kapha Prakriti
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Basically there are three doshic states:
- Balanced: All three (3) doshas are present in their natural proportions; also known as “equilibrium.”
- Increased: One of the three doshas is present in a greater-than-normal proportion; also known as an “aggravated” or “excess state.”
- Decreased: One of the three doshas is present in a less-than-normal proportion; also known as a “reduced” or “depleted state.”
This being said, there is a specific ayurvedic diet/meal plan for each of the three doshas. But before going into these ayurvedic diet plans I would like to tell you about the Six Tastes in Ayurveda.
The Six Tastes in Ayurvedic Diet
According to Ayurveda, it is really important to taste the foods we eat. Rasa, the Sanskrit word for taste, has a number of powerful meanings, among them: juice, plasma (as in rasa dhatu), and essence. These various different meanings only hint at the significance of taste within the Ayurvedic tradition. Following are the six tastes in the ayurvedic tradition that helps in having a well balanced ayurvedic diet.
- Sweet (Madhura) –Earth & Water
- Sour (Amla) –Earth & Fire
- Salty (Lavana) –Water & Fire
- Pungent (Katu) –Fire & Air
- Bitter (Tikta) –Air & Ether
- Astringent (Kashaya) –Air & Earth
You can learn more about the six tastes here.
These six tastes are listed in the order they are digested in our body. Sweet gets digested first, that’s why it’s not a good idea to have a dessert at the end of the meal, which is typical in our culture, but rather at the beginning. Salad, on the other hand, is perfect at the end of the meal.
Finally, following are the well balanced ayurvedic diet plans respective to each different doshas you can use to keep your body healthy.
Ideal Diet for a Person with Vata Prakriti
Vata is balanced by a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are soft or mushy in texture, rich in protein and fat, seasoned with a variety of warming spices, and served warm or hot.
Fruits you should eat: Sweet Fruits, Apricots, Avocado, Bananas, Berries , Cherries, Coconut, Figs( fresh), Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemons, Mango, Melons (sweet), Oranges, Papaya , Peaches, Pineapples, Plums.
Fruits you should avoid: Dried Fruits, Apples, Cranberries, Pears, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Watermelon.
Vegetables you should eat: Cooked Vegetables, Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Cucumber, Garlic, Green Beans, Okra (cooked ), Onion (cooked), Potato (sweet), Radishes, Zucchini.
Vegetables you should avoid: Raw Vegetables, Broccoli, Brussels, Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Onions (raw), Peas, Peppers.
Grains you should eat: Rice, Wheat, Oats (cooked).
Grains you should avoid: Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Rye
Ideal Diet for a Person with Pitta Prakriti
Pitta is balanced by a diet of fresh, whole foods (both cooked and raw) that are cooling, hearty, energizing, comparatively dry, and high in carbohydrates.
Fruits you should eat: Sweet Fruits, Apples, Avocado, Coconut, Figs, Grapes (dark), Mango, Oranges (sweet), Pears, Pineapples (sweet), Plums (sweet), Pomegranate, Prunes, Raisins.
Fruits you should avoid: Sour Fruits , Apricots, Berries, Bananas, Cherries , Cranberries, Grapefruit, Grapes (green), Lemons, Oranges (sour), Papaya, Peaches.
Vegetables you should eat: Sweet & Bitter Vegetables , Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cucumber, Cauliflower, Celery, Green Beans, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Peas, Parsley, Peppers (green), Potatoes, Sprouts, Zucchini.
Vegetables you should avoid: Pungent Vegetables, Beets, Carrots, Eggplant, Peppers (hot), Radishes, Spinach, Tomatoes.
Grains you should eat: Barley, Oats (cooked), Rice, Wheat.
Grains you should avoid: Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Oats (dry), Rye
Ideal Diet for a Person with Kapha Prakriti
Kapha is balanced by a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are light, dry, warming, well spiced, and relatively easy to digest – ideally served warm or hot.
Fruits you should eat: Apples, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs (dry), Mango, Peaches, Pears, Persimmon , Pomegranate, Prunes, Raisins.
Fruits you should avoid: Sweet & Sour Fruits, Avocado , Bananas, Coconut, Figs (fresh), Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemons, Melons , Oranges, Papaya, Pineapples, Plums.
Vegetables you should eat: Pungent & Bitter Vegetables , Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower , Celery, Eggplant, Garlic, Leafy Greens, Lettuce , Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Peppers.
Vegetables you should avoid: Sweet & Juicy Vegetables , Cucumber, Potatoes (sweet), Tomatoes, Zucchini.
Grains you should eat: Barley, Corn, Millet, Oats (dry), Rice (Basmati, small amount), Rye.
Grains you should avoid: Oats (cooked), Rice (brown), Rice (white), Wheat