Ayurveda recognizes that most people are a blend of these different types, but one usually dominates. Here is a list of the types, and the kinds of foods that work well for them.
People with a lot of Vata are the lean, high-energy individuals who seem to be able to eat tons of food without gaining weight. They often have active minds and can forget to eat. The element that corresponds to Vata is air, so lots of “heavy” food is key to balance. People who have lots of Vata should emphasize foods that are high in healthy fats, and that contain lots of warm spices like ginger and cumin. Some ideas for foods that Vatas should eat are:
* Steamed vegetables
* Fruit cobblers and cooked fruit sauces
* Vegetable casseroles
* Cooked whole grains
Protein is important for Vata types. Vatas do not do well on raw foods diets and should avoid legumes.
Those with lots of Pitta energy are muscular and strong, and their corresponding element is fire. Thus, cooling foods are emphasized for balance. Pittas may over-exercise, but they have strong constitutions and are able to digest proteins well.
Here are some foods that are emphasized for Pittas.
* Poultry and meats
* Fresh fruits such as watermelon, citrus fruits, and berries
* Fresh vegetables such as green lettuce and kale
* Soft cheeses and milk
People with a lot of Pitta should avoid spicy foods.
Kapha types tend to gain weight easily and are prone to inactivity. They are stable body types, though, and if they work out can achieve great strength (sumo wrestlers are considered to be Kaphas). The element that goes with Kapha is water. Kapha diets focus on energizing foods, such as:
* Lean protein (poultry, fish, etc.)
* Soy milk
If you are interested in incorporating the Ayurveda way of eating into your life, find a qualified practitioner and consultant. He or she can evaluate your type and suggest foods to help you achieve health and balance. There are also many good books on the subject to help you find your dosha and eat accordingly.
We hope that Ayurveda, how to eat right for your type helps you to get a better understanding of Ayurveda, a very useful health practice!