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Food Guidelines For Vata-Kapha

If the Chopra Mindbody Questionnaire or the questions about physiological imbalances have determined that
your dominant energy pattern is Vata-Kapha the following are nutritional guidelines that promote balance and
harmonize best with your constitution.
Anti-Degenerative • Anti-Congestive
Always consult your physician before adding supplements or new medicines to your intake.

(Each entry every 4-5 days)

FRUITS Generally most sour or dried fruits Generally most sweet fruits
Apples(raw) Oranges(sour) Avocado Melons Apples Lemons
Apricots(sour) Plums(sour) Bananas Oranges (cooked and/or sweet) Limes
Berries(sour) Prunes(dry) Coconut Papaya Applesauce Peaches
Cherries(sour) Raisins(dry) Cranberries Pears Apricots Pomegranates
Dates(dry) Watermelon Dates(fresh) Persimmons Berries Prunes(soaked)
Figs(dry or fresh) Pineapple Cherries Raisins(soaked)
Grapefruit Plums Grapes Strawberries
Kiwi Pomegranates
Lemons Rhubarb
Limes Tamarind

VEGETABLES In general, vegetables should be cooked In general, most pungent and bitter vegetables
Olives, green or black Artichoke Olives(black) Asparagus Leafy greens
Tomatoes(raw) Beet greens Onions(raw) Beets Leeks
Bitter melon Parsnip Carrots Okra
Broccoli Parsley Cilantro Onions(cooked)
Brussels sprouts Peas(cooked) Daikon radish Rutabaga
Burdock root Peppers(hot and sweet) Fennel(Anise) Squash, summer
Cabbage(cooked) Potatoes, white Garlic Turnip
Cauliflower(cooked) Potatoes, sweet Green beans Watercress
Carrots(raw) Prickly pear(fruit & Green chilies
Celery leaves))
Corn(fresh) Pumpkin
Cucumber Radishes(raw)
Dandelion greens
Spaghetti squash
Jerusalem artichoke Sprouts
Kale Squash, winter
Kohlrabi Taro root
Leafy Greens Tomatoes(cooked)
Lettuce Turnip Greens
Mushrooms Wheat grass sprouts
Mustard greens Zucchini

mango. frozen. spicy Mustard(without vinegar) Gomasio Pickles Coriander leaves Scallions Horseradish Salt Dulse Seaweed Kelp Seaweed Hijiki Sprouts Ketchup Soy sauce Kombu Vinegar Lime Tamari Lime pickle . skim Yogurt(plain. or Polenta Seitan(wheat meat) puffed) Quinoa Sprouted wheat Corn Rice(brown. hard Butter. mango. white)) bread(Essene) Couscous Rye Crackers Spelt Durham flour Tapioca Granola Wheat Millet Wheat bran Museli legumes Kidney beans Aduki beans Pinto beans Lentils(red) Miso Black beans Kidney beans Soy milk Soy beans Black-eyed peas Soy cheese Soy sausage Soy flour Chick peas(garbanzo Split peas Tur dal Soy powder beans) Tempeh Lentils(brown) Tofu(hot) Lima beans Tur dal Navy beans Urad dal Peas(dried) White beans dairy Cheese. or aged. soft Cottage cheese(from Goats cheese(unsalted Cow’s milik. grains Bread(with yeast) Amaranth Oats(dry/cooked) Durham flour Pasta Barley Oat bran Quinoa Rice cakes Buckwheat Pancakes Rice(basmati. & unsalted) Got’s cheese Yogurt(diluted and with fruit) Cottage cheese (from Ice cream spiced) cow’s milk) Sour cream animal foods Lamb Beef Rabbit Eggs Pork Buffalo Salmon Fish(freshwater) Chicken(dark) Sardines Shrimp Chicken(white) Tuna fish Duck Turkey(dark) Seafood Turkey(white) Venison condiments Chocolate Black pepper Mango pickle Chili peppers Lemon Chutney. hard. powdered Cheese(soft. cold. wild) Sago Cereal(dry. unsalted Cheese. not Goat’s milk Ghee Goat’s milk. powdered Buttermilk Cow’s milk skimmed goat’s milk) and not aged) Goat’s milk. sweet Mayonnaise Chutney.

NUTS/butters None Almonds Hazelnuts Charole (soaked and pealed) Macadamia nuts Black Walnuts Peanuts Brazil nuts Pecans Cashews Pine nuts Coconut Pistachios Filberts Walnuts seeds/butters Psyllium Flax Pumpkin Chia Halva Sesame Popcorn(no salt. Sunflower tered) Tahini Psyllium BEVERAGES Caffeinated beverages Icy cold drinks Alcohol(beer. hard and Cinnamon Aloe vera juice or gel Chicory Carbonated drinks Soy milk(cold) dry and sweet white Cornsilk Apple cider Clove Cherry juice(sour) Tomato juice wine) Crysanthemum Apricot juice Comfrey Chocolate milk V-8 juice Almond milk Dandelion Berry juice Fennel Coffee Vegetable bouillon Apple juice Ginger(dry) Carrot juice Fenugreek Cold dairy drinks Black tea(spiced) Ginseng Cherry juice(sweet) Ginger(fresh) Cranberry juice Herb teas: Carob Hibiscus Grain coffee Juniper berry Iced tea Red Zinger Chai(hot.spiced milk) Hops Grape juice Lavender Lemonade Hyssop Mango juice Lemon grass Miso broth Jasmine Peach nectar Peppermint Orange juice Juniper berry Herb teas: Sassafras Papaya juice Kuchika Bancha Spearmint Pear juice Lemon balm Chamomile Wintergreen Pineapple juice Licorice Pomegranate juice Marshmallow Prune juice Mormon tea Rice milk Nettle Sour juice Passion flower Soy milk(hot and well Raspberry spiced) Red clover Herb teas: Rose hips Alfalfa Sasaparilla Barley Strawberry Blackberry Violet Burdock Yarrow Catnip Yerba Mate Chicory . but.

B12. Amino acids Magnesium. K Bee pollen & Zinc Blue-green algae Vitamins: B6. . E. B1. Brewers yeast Vitamins: A. Copper. D. Iron C. SPICES Cayenne Ajwan Ginger Fennel Allspice Mace Fenugreek Almond extract Marjoram Salt Anise Mint Vanilla Asafoetida(hing) Mustard seed Basil Neem leaves Bay leaf Nutmeg Black pepper Orange peel Caraway Oregano Cardamom Paprika Cayenne Parsley Cinnamon Peppermint Cloves Rosemary Coriander Saffron Cumin Sage Dill Savory Garlic Spearmint SWEETENERS Jaggary Molasses Barley malt Rice syrup Fruit juice(concentrate) Maple syrup White sugar Fructose Sucanat Honey(raw and not pro- Molasses Turbinado cessed) FOOD SUPPLEMENTS Barley green Minerals: potassium Aloe vera juice or gel Minerals: Calcium. folic acid Royal jelly and P(bioflavanoids) Spirolina © Reprinted with permission from Ayurevic Cooking for Self-Healing by Dr Vasant & Usha Lad This information is not to replace advice from your personal physician and if you have questions about this approach should consult with your physician. B2.

potato. cucumber. milk. grains. fish. Vasant Lad. NM 87192-1445. 1997. yogurt Eggs Fruit (especially melons). and vipaka.g. sour fruits. the molecules become a non-homogenized glue that adheres to mucous membranes and clogs subtle channels. meat. cherries. nightshades Foods in CAPITALS are the most difficult combinations. as well as dates and milk which have the same rasa. yogurt Fruit As a rule. with any other This information is not to replace advice from your personal physician and if you have questions about this approach should consult with your physician. cheese. It must be remembered that a proper Ayurvedic approach should also consider nutritional value. (505) 291-9698. boiled or cooked honey Hot Drinks Mangos. You should always avoid eating these foods together because they can provoke the physiology in general and can produce imbalance. kichari. Uncooked honey is nectar. Melons more than most fruit should be eaten alone or left alone. P. This is by no means an exhaustive list. tapioca Honey ** With equal GHEE by weight (e. meat. Box 23445. constitution. 1 tsp honey with 3 tsp ghee). starches. fried food. cheese. The following table lists some of the incompatible food combinations to avoid. Amended extracts reprinted with permission from: Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Dr.ayurveda. yogurt Lemon Cucumbers. meat. eggs. www. Cooked honey is considered poison. Grains Fruit. fish kitchari Nightshades. Beans Fruit. tomato Melon. dairy products Radishes Bananas. such as certain cooked combinations. Ayurvedic programs. honey should never be cooked. *There are exceptions. raisins. eggs. MILK. bread containing yeast. fish. If cooked. MILK. jaggary Yogurt Fruit. milk. eggs. Milk BANANAS.g. especially banana. yogurt Melons EVERYTHING — especially dairy. fish. melons. fish. ** According to ancient Ayurvedic literature.. products and services contact: The Ayurvedic Institute. mango. virya. and any disease condition. Albuquerque. starch. beans. beans. producing toxins. hot drinks. Incompatible Food Combinations In addition to the foods you should avoid based on your particular energy field makeup are the following incompatible combinations. age. For more information on this book. meat. e. raisins. cheese. tomatoes.O. seasons. . cheese. milk Tapioca Fruit.