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A Food Plan to Balance Pitta Dosha

A Food Plan to Balance Pitta Dosha

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A Food Plan to Balance Pitta Dosha
Pitta is related with fire and control digestion and metabolism, body temperature, andbiological transformations in the body. Usually Pitta people have strong efficient digestion,they can generally eat just about everything but they should include cool or warm food intheir diet with less butter and added fat. Excessive use of salt, overuse of sour and spicy foodand overeating are the main causes that trouble pitta so such food items should be reduced,instead starchy foods such as vegetables, grains and beans, salad, milk and ice creamshould be included in the diet.Alcoholic and fermented foods should also be avoided. Pitta person should not take coffeealso as the acid in the coffee is also pitta aggravating, instead they can have herb teas likemint, licorice root or other that pacify pitta.If your basic constitution is mixed like pitta-vata or pitta-kapha, then you should includeportion for the second influential dosha.
 List of favorable food items
VegetablesFruitsGrainsDairyMeatOilBeveragesNuts&SeedsHerbs&SpicesAsparagusBroccoliBrusselssproutsCabbageCaulifloweCeleryCucumber GreenbeansGreen(sweet)peppersLeafygreenvegetablesLettuceMushroomsOkraParsleyPeasPotatoesSproutsSquashSweetpotatoesZucchiniApplesAvocadosCherriesCoconutFigsDarkgrapesMangoesMelonsOrangesPearsPineapplesPlumsPrunesRaisinsBarleyOatsWheatWhiterice(prefer basmati rice)Butter EggwhitesGhee(clarifiedbutter )-unlessyou arewatchingcholester olIce creamMilkChickenShrimpTurkey(All insmallamounts)CoconutOliveSoySunfloweAlmondmilkaloe vera juiceapple juiceapricot juiceberry juice(sweet)black teacarobchai (hot,spicedmilk)*cherry juice(sweet)cool dairydrinksgrain"coffee"grape juicemango juicemixed veg. juiceorange juicepeachnectar pomegranate juiceprune juicepear juicerice milksoy milkvegetablebouillonCoconutPumpkinseedsSunflower seedsSpices aregenerallyavoided astoo heating.In smallamounts, thefollowingsweet andastringentspices areOKCardamomCilantro(green coriander)CinnamonCoriander seedDillFennelMintSaffronTurmericPlus smallamounts of cumin andblackpepper 
 
List of unfavorable food items
VegetablesFruitsGrainsDairyMeatOilBeveragesNuts&SeedsHerbs&SpicesBeetsCarrotsEggplantGarlicHotpeppersOnionsRadishesSpinachTomatoesApricotsBananasBerriesCherries(sour)CranberriesGrapefruitPapayasPeachesPersimmons BrownriceCornMilletRye ButtermilkCheeseEgg yolksSour creamYogurtRedmeatand seafood ingeneral)AlmondCornSafflower SesameApple cider berry juice(sour)caffeinatedbeveragescarbonateddrinkscarrot juicecherry juice(sour)chocolatemilkcoffeecranberry juicegrapefruit juiceiced teaiced drinkslemonadepapaya juice tomato juice sour  juices All,exceptmentioned aboveAll pungentherbs andspices,except asnoted. Takeonly theminimalamounts of the following:BarbecuesauceCatsupMustardPicklesSaltSour saladdressingsSpicycondimentsVinegar 
Foods to include in the plan
Your plan can include:
Fruit
– your plan can include any fruit includingfresh, frozen, dried or canned in natural fruit juice. Thisincludes apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit,satsumas, sultanas, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit,strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, nectarines,peaches, melons, star fruit etc 
Fruit juice
– either make homemade fruit juices orsmoothies from fresh fruit, or drink ready-made juices.Make sure ready-made juices are labelled as being ‘pure’ or ‘unsweetened’. 
Vegetables
– eat any vegetables including fresh,frozen or canned in water (without salt added). Thisincludes carrots, onions, turnip, swede, sprouts, cabbage,peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn, peppers, leeks,courgettes, broccoli, cauliflower, salad, tomatoes,
 
cucumber, spring onions etc 
Beans and lentils
– eat any beans, including thosethat have been dried or canned in water. This includes redkidney, haricot, cannellini, butter, black eye, pinto, redlentils, green lentils and brown lentils 
Tofu and Quorn
 
Oats
– sprinkle oats over fresh fruit or use to makeporridge, sweetened with honey and fresh fruit 
Potatoes
– all types
Brown rice and rice noodles 
Rye crackers, rice cakes and oatcakes 
Fresh fish
– eat any fresh fish including cod, plaice,mackerel, salmon, lobster, crab, trout, haddock, tuna,prawns, Dover sole, red mullet, halibut, lemon sole,monkfish, swordfish etc. Canned fish in water is suitabletoo eg salmon or tuna
Unsalted nuts
– eat any including Brazil, peanuts,almonds, cashew, hazel nuts, macadamia, pecans, pinenuts, pistachio, walnuts etc 
Unsalted seeds
– eat any including sunflower andpumpkin
Plain popcorn
– without sugar or salt
Live natural yoghurt
Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Garlic, ginger and fresh herbs 
Ground black pepper 
Honey
Water
– at least 2 litres a day. Tap or mineral wateris fine.
Herbal or fruit teas
Foods to avoid during your detox
Red meat, chicken, turkey and any meat productslike sausages, burgers, and pate
Milk, cheese, eggs, cream

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