Pitta Balancing Diet

A Food Plan to Balance Pitta Dosha

These guidelines can be used for pitta mind-body constitutions, to maintain dosha balance and to restore balance if necessary regardless of the basic constitution. Pitta influences digestion and metabolism, body temperature, and biological transformations.

Favor

  • Cool or warm but not steaming hot foods
  • Bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes
  • As far as practical 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 Pittas 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, yogurt, 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. Herb tea is good. Prefer mint, licorice root or other pitta pacifying tea.
  • Breakfast: Cold cereals, cinnamon toast, and apple tea is a good breakfast for Pitta. Avoid coffee, orange juice and doughnuts – they aggravate pitta.
  • The vegetarian foods are the best for pitta. Consuming red meat tend to heat the body from the fat. Consume abundant amounts of milk, grains and vegetables.
  • Avoid oily, hot, salty, and heavy foods such as fried food. Instead consume starchy foods such as vegetables, grains and beans. Avoid the tendency to overeat under stress.
  • Avoid processed and fast foods as they tend to be heavy on salt and sour tastes. Japanese and Chinese food are good choices. Avoid highly spicy food such as is found in Mexican restaurants.
  • 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).

Summary

Avoid egg yolks, nuts, hot spices, honey, and hot drinks. Cool foods and drinks are better. Add sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes. Reduce use of sour tastes. Spices: black pepper, coriander, and cardamom.

Food Classified By Group

Vegetables

Favor

  • 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

Reduce or Avoid

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Hot peppers
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Fruits

Favor

  • Sweet Fruits:
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Figs
  • Dark grapes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Note: Fruits should be sweet and ripe.

Reduce or Avoid

  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Cherries (sour)
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Persimmons
  • Avoid fruits that come to market sour or unripe. Also avoid fruits such as green grapes, oranges, pineapple and plum unless they are sweet and ripe.

Grains

Favor

  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • White rice (prefer basmati rice)

Reduce or Avoid

  • Brown rice
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Rye

Dairy

Favor

  • Butter
  • Egg whites
  • Ghee (clarified butter )- unless you are watching cholesterol
  • Ice cream
  • Milk

Reduce or Avoid

  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks
  • Sour cream
  • Yogurt

Meat

Favor

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Turkey
  • (All in small amounts)

Reduce or Avoid

  • Red meat and sea food in general

Beans

Favor

  • Chickpeas
  • Mung beans
  • Tofu and other soybean products

Reduce or Avoid

  • Lentils

Oils

Favor

  • Coconut
  • Olive
  • Soy
  • Sunflower

Reduce or Avoid

  • Almond
  • Corn
  • Safflower
  • Sesame

Sweeteners

Favor

  • Coconut
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds

Reduce or Avoid

  • All, except as noted

Nuts and Seeds

Favor

  • All are acceptable except honey and molasses

Reduce or Avoid

  • Honey and Molasses

Herbs and Spices

Favor

Spices are generally avoided as too heating. In small amounts, the following sweet and astringent spices are OK

  • Cardamom
  • Cilantro(green coriander)
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander seed
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Mint
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric
  • Plus small amounts of cumin and black pepper

Reduce or Avoid

All pungent herbs and spices, except as noted. Take only the minimal amounts of the following:

  • Barbecue sauce
  • Catsup
  • Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Salt
  • Sour salad dressings
  • Spicy condiments
  • Vinegar

If your basic constitution is mixed (pitta-vata or pitta-kapha), to maintain balance, include smaller portions for the second dosha. Pitta dosha is aggravated and increased during summer. During hot, dry seasons, all mind-body types can choose some of the above foods and decrease others. Mental and emotional peace and constructive lifestyle routines are important to restoring and maintaining balance.

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