One thing we know for sure is this: we can never have enough good meal suggestions.
And behind every great meal suggestion is a list of ingredients. Ideally, ingredients that are good for you and that help support your health (and that taste good, too). The sum of foods you eat is generally referred to as a diet. Today, weâre going to be talking about what a pitta diet looks like.
To be clear right away, weâre not talking about some new trendy diet. Instead, when we say pitta diet, we mean consciously selecting foods that may support an individual that falls in the pitta category. If youâre familiar with Ayurvedic practice, then you know that pitta is one of the doshas. If youâre not familiar with it, then it probably sounds like weâre speaking gibberish. So let’s clear up a few things.
The Basics of Ayurveda
Hereâs a quick crash course in Ayurvedic medicine (specifically as it relates to pitta). Ayurveda is one of the worldâs oldestÂ medical practices. It originated in India and is still widely practiced today. Ayurveda focuses on the connection between the mind and body.
Specifically, Ayurveda focuses on balancing life forces. Ayurveda talks about three specific life forces, or doshas: vata, kapha, and pitta. Today, we are specifically talking about pitta.
Pitta reflects the forces of water and fire, and so ayurvedic practice teaches that a person who exhibits pitta tendencies will mirror these forces. Words used to describe a pitta individual include: âoily, sharp, hot, light, moving, liquid, and acidic.â
Why does all of this matter? Because if you identify as someone with this dosha, then it may affect the food you choose to eat. Thus, a pitta diet.
In order to balance pitta qualities – like hot, oily, and sharp – foods in a pitta diet often include ones with opposite characteristics, such as foods that are cooling and gentle. In other words, no super spicy foods!
If youâre looking for a longer list of foods that might fit in that category, then look no further. Some options you may want to stock your cupboards with include:
Fruit – natureâs candy – is full of essential vitamins and nutrients. Choose your fruit based on whatâs available seasonally in your area – and go with organic and non-GMO when you can. That said, you canât miss when incorporating some of the fruits below into a pitta diet:
- Any dried fruit
By this time, we probably know momâs old adage was right: you have to eat your vegetables. Vegetables that fit under the pitta diet umbrella are vast, so the important thing to remember is to avoid frying or oiling them up. Here are some vegetables you may enjoy:
- Sweet potatoes
- Various greens (collard, mustard, okra, swiss chard)
- Green Beans
Whole grains are one of the building blocks of a healthy diet. Whole grains that fit in a pitta diet include:
The FDA says that the majority of your daily calories should come from grain products, fruit, and vegetables. But to throw some protein, dairy, and other food products in the mix, here is a brief list of more foods that could work with a pitta diet:
- Kidney beans
- Sunflower seeds
- Milk (cow, rice, or soy)
- Herbal teas (and itâs a bonus if you can incorporate another cooling element – like mint – into your tea!)
Foods to Avoid in a Pitta Diet
- Coffee (and other caffeinated beverages)
- Spicy foods
- Fermented foods (such as kimchi)
In addition to choosing foods that support pitta health, Natural Healthy Concepts offers a variety of digestive aids, teas, and even a bath soaking salt to support a healthy balance of pitta.
What do you think? Will you be incorporating more of these foods into your diet? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
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