What dietary recommendations should I be following for the fall and winter as a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha?
Regardless of our individual doshas, each of us stands to benefit from eating natural food in limited quantities. This is the fundamental ideal of healthy living, and is in sharp contrast to the large amounts of processed, packaged, canned, frozen, and leftover foods we typically consume year-round. As with any time of year, favor foods that have been grown locally and are sold at a local farmer’s market, and if you did nothing else to promote greater health, this would allow you to feel nourished and satisfied throughout the winter.

People of different constitutions will respond differently to certain foods. Below are guidelines for a few foods to eat in response to the apparent dominance of any one of the three doshas.

  • People with a lot of Vata energy will do well to ground themselves with heavier foods like cooked oats, white basmati rice, ghee, carrots, sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
  • People with a lot of Pitta energy will do well to maintain coolness with broccoli, cauliflower, apples, pears, olive oil, coconut oil, and white basmati rice.
  • People with a lot of Kapha energy will do well to create more heat and motion with onions, Brussels sprouts, barley, millet, and mustard oil.

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