Eating To Balance Your Dosha

Once you have discovered your Dosha you can learn how to keep your dominant dosha balanced through diet. Eating the right healthy whole foods will help balance your body, mind and spirit.

In Ayurveda, food is medicine and by working with your dominant dosha you can free your body from illness and “dis-ease”. This fine tuning process enables you to achieve optimal wellness and understand what you need to nourish your body, mind and spirit. Your dominant dosha is reflective of your physical body shape and also your mind and emotions. We each choose options that support our primary dosha whether that is Vata, Pitta or Kapha. Read the relevant section that follows to learn how to keep your dosha balanced.


If your dosha is predominantly Vata, then you will tend to have a very lean, thin body with dry, rough skin. These people are always on the go, with bursts of energy and a creative mind. The Vata body type is very adaptable by nature. When your Vata is in balance you will be lively and enthusiastic and enjoy life. When it is out of balance, you may feel out of control and suffer from anxiety and insomnia. You may also suffer from arthritis, other aches and pains, weight loss, lack of energy and eating dysfunction (over or under eating or eating one type of food to excess).

How Vatas can stay balanced:

›› Eat according to the food combining table.

›› Have a daily self-massage with sesame or almond oil.

›› Consistent daily routine of gentle exercise.

›› Rest and meditate.

›› Avoid very cold and windy conditions where possible.

›› Keep warm and get enough sleep.

Eating for Vata Dosha

›› Prefer sweet, salty, and sour tastes.

›› Eat warm, oily, or heavy foods.

›› Avoid iced or cold drinks.

›› No caffeine.

›› Good foods for Vata: ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, rice, wheat, heavy fruits such as bananas, avocados, and melons, warm milk, cauliflower, organic poultry, seafood and eggs.

›› Cook fruits and veg – even if it is gentle steaming or poaching rather than raw.

›› Avoid raw vegetables.

›› Minimize cold and raw foods.

›› Add these herbs to your diet: basil, bay, cinnamon, citrus, cloves, frankincense, lavender, pine, sage, and vanilla.



If your dosha is predominantly Pitta then you will have a strong digestive fire, and be of medium build. When you’re balanced, you will have a strong appetite for information, experiences and food. When you are out of balance, you can be hot-headed. Heat builds in the body and mind, causing issues such as inflammatory conditions, irritability, anger and high blood pressure.

How Pittas can stay balanced:

›› Eat according to the food combining table.

›› Get plenty of fresh air.

›› Keep cool physically and mentally, and apply an attitude of moderation in all things.

›› Drink plenty of fluids.

›› Be considerate and patient with others.

›› Take up meditation and yoga.

›› Try to handle conflict without stress.

Eating for Pitta Dosha

›› Reduce alcohol.

›› Avoid fried food.

›› Reduce red meat consumption.

›› Good food for Pitta: coconut oil, olive oil, wheat, rice, barley, oats, organic poultry, sweet fruit, asparagus, cucumber, okra, and cooling herbs such as saffron and coriander.

›› Prefer sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes.

›› Reduce hot and spicy foods (chilli).

›› Add these herbs to your diet: sandalwood, jasmine, mint, lavender, fennel, and chamomile.


When in balance, Kapha body types are solid, steady and reliable. If Kapha is your dominant body type, you tend to gain weight when it is out of

balance, and suffer with fluid retention. Unbalanced Kapha body types can be stubborn and resistant to change. People with an excess of Kapha tend to hold on to things, jobs and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing. To come back to balance, you need to exercise regularly and review your life to see what is no longer necessary.

How Kaphas can stay balanced:

›› Eat according to the food combining table.

›› Wake up early and have clear daily routines.

›› Exercise daily.

›› Engage in new activities, ideas and thoughts.

›› Keep your body warm.

›› Carry out a daily self-massage with sesame oil.

Eating for Kapha Dosha

›› Prefer pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.

›› Good foods for Kapha: hot ginger tea, beans, light fruits such as apples, pears and cranberries, all vegetables, all spices except salt, organic white meat, organic poultry, eggs, seafood, barley, corn, millet, buckwheat and rye.

›› Eat spicy warming foods.

›› Avoid deep fried foods.

›› Minimise sugar, fats and dairy products.

›› Red meat in moderation.

›› Add these herbs to your diet: warm, stimulating ones such as cloves, cinnamon, juniper, and marjoram.

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