Pitta Pacifying

Ayurveda, an ancient holistic science of healing, offers a logical and scientific approach for determining correct diet based upon an individual’s constitution.

Vata, pitta and Kapha; the tri-dosha, are the elements which comprise individual constitution. This approach is quite different from the “traditional” view of a balanced diet; viz., eating daily from the basic food groups; According to Ayurveda, every food has its own taste (rasa), a heating or cooling energy (virya) and post-digestive effect (vipak).

Thus, according to Ayurveda, one should eat according to one’s constitution and take fruits, starches, proteins and fats separately at different times of the day. Combining foods improperly can produce indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction and gas formation. This condition, if prolonged, can lead to toxemia and disease complex.

Pitta Dosha:   Fire + Water elements

Pitta Aggravated by:  Sour, Salty and Pungent

Pitta Pacify by:  Sweet, bitter, and Astringent

As a rule, to pacify pitta one should eat more salads, sweet desserts, more vegetables, water, cooling herbs and spices.  And try to avoid sour salty and spicy food.  Try to consume less alcohol, meat and fried food.

Pittas do best on cool, uncooked foods. So the Pitta couple can have lots of salads, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits and be very healthy. Pitta’s digestion is very good, and especially so midday when Pitta is at its peak. It is favourable for the largest meal of the day to be eaten around noontime.

Basically, the foods that Pittas should avoid are the ones that are too spicy or too salty. Pittas can be at risk for ulcers, and should avoid anything too acidic. Alcohol and smoking are two of the most Pitta aggravating things and should be avoided at all costs.

Pittas are frequently thirsty and should always have water or fruit juice handy. Cool drinks are good, especially during the summer.

Basic rules for the Pitta diet

Choose cool or warm, but not very hot foods.

Avoid salt, oil (particularly fried foods), and spicy foods.

Avoid sour foods like pickles, yogurt, and cheese.

Use lemon or lime juice instead of vinegar on salads.

Avoid red meat.

Eat an abundance of salads and vegetables.

Avoid coffee and alcohol.

items to favour and avoid

Fruits
  • Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Berries(sweet), Cherries, Coconut, Dates, Grapes, Limes, mangoes, Sweet oranges, Pears, Pineapples, Plums(Sweet)
  • Prunes, raisins, Watermelon
  • Those that are exceptionally sweet or sour (like oranges or grapes), and any that are especially heavy, dense, or watery

  • Most Sour fruits, Sour apples, oranges, berries, or cherries, green mangoes, peaches, Persimmons, plum, Rhubarb
Vegetables
  • Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Bitter melon, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflowers, Cucumber, Fennel, Green beans, Kale, Leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, Mushrooms, okra, Olives, Onions, Parsley, parsnip, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Spinach, Squash, Taro root, Watercress, Zucchini

  • Avoid pungent vegetables, Beet roots (raw), Carrots (Raw), eggplant, Garlic, Green chilies, Horse radish, Leeks (raw), Mustard greens, Olives, Onions, Peppers, Raw radish, spinach, tomatoes, Turnip greens

Grains
  • Barley, Basmati rice, bread, Corn flour, Muesli,  oats, pasta, pancakes, Topioca, wheat

  • Buckwheat, brown rice, corn,  rye, soya, polenta,  Quinoa

Lentils
  • Aduki beans, Black beans, blacked eyed beans, Chick peas, red or brown lentils, Mung beans, peas, Pinto beans, split beans, tempeh, Tofu

  • Miso, Soya beans, sausages, Kidney beans, Urad dal

Non-Vegetarian food
  • Buffalo, Chicken, Egg white, Fresh water fish, Rabbit, Shrimp, White turkey, Venison

  • Beef, Duck, Egg yolk, Fish(Sea water), Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Sardines, Seafood, Tuna fish, Turkey

Dairy
  • Butter, Butter-milk, Ghee, Ice cream, milk, Soya milk, spreads, natural yogurt

  • Butter (Salted), Hard cheese, Sour cream, frozen Yogurt, Condensed milk, Cream, Mayonnaise

Spices
  • Chamomile, clove, Basil, Cardamom, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Mint, Saffron, Turmeric

  • Ajwain, Black pepper, Bay leaf, Cardamom, Chili, Cinnamon, Cumin seed, Ginger, Garlic, Mustard seed, Nutmeg, Sage, Star anise

Nuts /seeds
  • Almond (soaked overnight) Chia seed, Charole, Coconut, Pumpkin seed

  • Almond, brazil nuts, Cashew, Hazel nut, Macadamia, Peanuts, Sesame, Sunflower seed, Pecan, Pine nuts Pistachios, Walnut

Oils
  • Coconut oil, Sesame seed, Sunflower seed, Ghee

  • Corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil, Sesame seed

Sweeteners
  • Honey, Maple syrup, fruit juice, Brown Sugar, White sugar

  • Jaggary, Molasses