It might be interesting for you to know that the dual Prakriti or body type is the commonest form of Prakriti. So if you’re wondering how to cater to two dosha which are opposite in nature, you’re not alone!
A Pitta Vata diet can be a bit confusing. In this article, you’ll learn…
The Pitta Vata Diet
Pitta Vata Pacifying Food Chart
Pitta Vata Diet Suggested Meal Plan
Pitta Vata Approved Recipes
When one dosha is a hot dosha and is responsible for the warmth in your body and the other dosha is a cold dosha that makes you sensitive to excessive cold, so many questions come to mind. Should you eat cold foods or warm foods? Should you have alcohol at all as it is supposed to be Pitta aggravating? Which oil is best for me?
Having a dual Prakriti, you need to listen to your body. The dosha which is aggravated or depleted will need your attention. Pitta dosha symptoms are different than Vata dosha symptoms and Kapha dosha symptoms. So when a dosha is aggravated, use foods which have properties opposite to that of the dosha in question. On the other hand if your body gives symptoms which point towards the depletion of a dosha, use foods with the same properties as that of the particular dosha.
The Pitta Vata Diet
However, if both of your constituent dosha are balanced, you need to follow certain guidelines which will keep the two in the desired state of balance. These guidelines will come in handy when you’re choosing a meal plan.
- The Pitta in your Prakriti, having a ‘hot’ property will prompt you for cold food while the Vata demands warm and freshly cooked food. You need to primarily follow the Pitta Dosha while taking the Vata dosha also into consideration. Eat fresh, slightly warm and bland or mildly spiced food. Include foods with cooling properties like zucchini, rice and coconut. To accommodate the Vata properties, it ought to be easily digestible, cooked with some fat and not raw. Cold beverages tend to derange the digestion and aggravate Vata and should be avoided.
- Eat small quantities of food at regular intervals instead of big meals at one go. This is particularly good for Pitta Vata types.
- Sit and eat in a calm place and eat slowly, chewing the food properly. Eating while walking, working and talking is likely to cause gas, indigestion and acidity which you are easily prone to.
- Liquids should be taken an hour prior or an hour after meals so as not to dilute the digestive juices. A few sips while eating though are all right.
- Eat lightly cooked food.
Lunch should be the largest meal and breakfast and dinner should be lighter. You may take snacks in the form of fruits, seeds, raisins or nuts in between meals. Nuts should be pre-soaked in water for 8-10 hrs. Soups and fresh buttermilk (in the daytime) are also good choices.
Lunch should be the largest meal and breakfast and dinner should be lighter.
- Fats like sunflower, olive oil, coconut oil and ghee are recommended. Ghee is best for Pitta and Vata as it is pacifying for both. Intake can be between 4-8 teaspoons per day as per need. If Vata is causing dryness, you can take the upper limit.
- Dairy is recommended to keep the Vata under balance. If you do not want to take milk then alternatives like coconut milk or almond milk can be taken. This is highly recommended for Vata. Avoid sour yogurt and sour butter milk. Yogurt should never be taken after sunset according to Ayurveda.
- Sour and salty tastes pacify Vata; however, they aggravate Pitta. Bitter and astringent tastes (as in salads) pacify Pitta but aggravate Vata. So if both the constituent dosha are aggravated then a sweet taste has to be used to pacify them. Sweet taste does not necessarily mean sugar and sugary food. Foods like barley, wheat, brown rice and zucchini all have a sweet taste. In other situations, specific tastes as per the condition of the constituent doshas are to be used.
- Use of Pitta pacifying teas like jasmine, rose petal and lavender tea is highly recommended and can replace regular tea or coffee. In fact taking too much of tea and coffee aggravate both Pitta and Vata and thus should be taken in moderation and preferably with milk.
- Grains like wheat, rice, barley, oats, wild rice, amaranth and quinoa can be taken. Avoid millets and rye in any form and take corn in moderation and less often.
- Most of the animal meats and seafood are ‘hot’ in property and may aggravate Pitta in excess. Turkey and goat’s meat however are good. So intake of animal proteins should be moderated. Egg whites and milk can replace them.
- Fruits that are raw and with a too sour taste should be avoided. Sweet and well ripened fruits are good for you.
- All vegetables are good for you. Preference should be given to watery vegetables like zucchini, squashes and gourds. Too fibrous vegetables like artichoke, broccoli and leafy greens are Vata aggravating and should be taken in small amounts and less frequently. Mustard greens are best avoided as they aggravate both Pitta and Vata.
- Spices which are not too hot like cumin, fennel, dill, basil, mint, turmeric, coriander, cardamom and garlic can be used while more hot spices like peppers, ginger and nutmeg should either be avoided or taken in small amounts.
- Alcohol should be avoided as far as possible. Milder versions like beer and wine should be preferred over hard liquor.
- Have at least 3-4 pints of water every day. This amount can go up in summer or if you are sweating it out at the gym.
Pitta Vata Diet Suggested Meal Plan
- You can start your day with one tablespoon of honey dissolved in a glass of room temperature water followed by 10 almonds and 10 raisins that are soaked overnight. Honey water is particularly beneficial to Pitta Vata types that have gained weight over the years, a deviation from the typical characteristics of Pitta Vata dosha. Then have a piece of fruit like an apple and some herbal tea.
- Breakfast can be a glass of milk / milk alternatives with any of the above mentioned cereals. Have another fruit with herbal tea or fresh buttermilk in midmorning.
Lunch can be a mix of cereals, suitable vegetables and suitable animal proteins. Turkey, moong beans and yellow lentils along with vegetables and salads are good choices. Salads being raw should only be eaten in the daytime and in summer season. They should be dressed with fresh cream, olive oil or a little butter. Vinegar-based dressings should be avoided. Fresh lime juice may be used if you do not have acute acidity. Favor cooked vegetables over raw vegetables at all times.
If you take a late afternoon snack, you may have herbal tea again with steamed sprouted moong or two egg whites with buttered whole wheat toast.
Dinner can be a cereal, bean or lentil dish along with vegetables or vegetable soups. Lean meat is also a good choice for Pitta Vata types. You could also have a cup of warm milk or coconut milk with raw sugar.
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