10 Rules For The Kapha Diet

Food is Kapha’s biggest weakness. Kaphas love food and love to eat. They have a strong, constant appetite and especially love sweet foods, though those are the worst for them. One of the big reasons that sweets are so bad for Kaphas is that those tend to be the higher calorie foods, and Kapha is prone to weight gain. The Kapha digestion is slow and heavy.

So what should someone with a kapha body type eat? What is the kapha diet like and who should follow it? First, take our free Dosha Quiz to determine your Ayurvedic body type. Once you know your body type you can make small changes to your diet and lifestyle to instantly feel a shift in your health.

The Kapha Diet

  1. Choose foods that are bitter, spicy and tangy.
  2. Eat warm foods rather than cold foods.
  3. Avoid sugar. Use honey as a sweetener instead.
  4. Avoid dairy foods.
  5. Avoid fried foods.
  6. Eat smaller portions of food.
  7. Do not eat in between meals.
  8. Do not eat because of your emotional state, whether to celebrate or to soothe.
  9. Walk after a meal, do not rest or sleep.
  10. Drink fewer liquids during the meal, especially avoiding cold drinks.

Tips For Dining Out On A Kapha Diet

These rules aren’t always so easy to follow. For example, what do you do when you are out at a social event?

You can pick up soups as starters. A piece of white meat with cooked vegetables dressed with low cal dressings or any oil with or without a whole cereal based dish can be your main course. If the occasion demands it, you can have a glass of wine, and simply skip desert or limit the portion. For more information on the Kapha diet, click here.

Tips For Traveling On A Kapha Diet

And… what if you’re traveling?

This is a matter of planning and meal prepping. Pack any roasted grain, low-fat crackers, puffed grains, roasted seeds, and fruits so you can have a quick snack while traveling. For breakfast, have fibrous cereal and milk or a milk substitute and include an egg if you want. Have whole grain sandwiches or wraps while you’re on the move for lunch and dinner.

Lastly, what do you eat when you don’t have what you need? This could be the worst scenario. If you’re in a situation where you don’t have access to a kitchen, fresh ingredients or healthy meal options – have whatever is available, but watch your portion size. Don’t fill up on unhealthy options – it’s better to still your hunger with a small portion size, and fill up on healthy foods suitable for your dosha later when you get home.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this document may be viewed as the diagnosis or treatment of any medical disease whatsoever. The contents of this document are the opinions of the author based on his learning and experience. This document is meant only for educational purposes. The Ayurveda Experience is not liable or responsible for the suggestions made herein.
Please consult your primary care physician before implementing any change in your diet or lifestyle.

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Deepak Bhanot, BAMS is a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner with 20 years of experience. He specializes in dietary and lifestyle consultation as per one's Prakriti. He has an advanced specialization in Nutrition and Health Education as well as Preventive and Promotive Health Care. He is a certified Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Acupressure therapist.

2 comments

  1. Hi, can agave syrup replace honey in the kapha diet? What could I use instead of salt? thanks for your help.

    • mm

      Hi Corinne, Honey is Kapha pacifier even after being sweet as it has an associated astringent taste and a pungent post digestive effect. Agave syrup has a slight lower glycemic index than sugar but can aggravate Kapha. Salt in moderation is all right for Kapha body type but in excess it can cause water retention in Kapha body types. To replace salt if need be,, you may use spices like cumin, pepper, dil, etc to make the food tastier.

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