Pitta Diet - Pitta Ayurveda

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Medicine Buddha Healing Center
“Aum Namo Bhagavaté Bhaisajya Guru Vaidurya Prabaha Rajaya Tathagataya Arhaté Samyaksambodhi Tadyata Aum Bhaisajé Bhaisajé Bh aisajya Samudgaté Svaha!” “Om Namo Ratna Trayaya! Namo Avalokiteshvaraya Bodhisattva!”
Pitta (Fire and Water) Balancing Diet
The food we eat is that unique aspect of our life which we have almost total control over. Because we are what
we eat, according to ¨yurveda it can be a very powerful tool for balancing and for promoting and maintaining
health. One ancient authority says that food is our medicine--a good regimen of diet is worth a hundred drugs
but no amount of drugs can overcome a poor regimen of diet. Generally, one should eat warm, freshly cooked
foods. We can use the tastes in food as a guide to what qualities those foods have. For example, foods which
have sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes have those qualities (especially cooling and dryness) necessary to
balance pitta’s qualities of hot, sharp, oily, etc. We will give below examples of foods with these tastes common
in this culture. This information has been provided by Dr. Lad, in his book: Ayurvedic Cooking for Self
Healing. This book is a good resource of knowledge and menus. Please note that agreement about the qualities
of foods is not universal. Another important point is that a list of balancing foods is not a blanket proscription to
totally avoid the foods with tastes of sour, salty, pungent. Rather, do eat foods having these other qualities to
help promote balance in the emotions and in the physiology but eat them less often and in smaller quantities.
The foods to favor will provide a theme of influence but in a gentle and sustained way. Please refer to our article
“ Incompatible Food Combinations” for important information about what foods are toxic when eaten in the
same meal. Also, refer to the article "How to Eat" for more important points about eating. Finally, refer to our
article “Cooking—Some ¨yurvedic Strategies” for thoughts about how to address family meal planning with
different body types and imbalances.
FAVOR THESE FOODS
(eat less of those items in italics)

Beverages: almond milk, aloe vera juice, apple, apricot, berry, cherry, grain coffee, grape, mango, mixed
vegetable, orange, peach, pear, pomegranate, prune, rice milk, vegetable bouillon

Herbal Beverages: alfalfa, bancha, barley, blackberry, borage, burdock, catnip, chamomile, chicory,
comfrey, dandelion, fennel, ginger—fresh, hibiscus, hops, jasmine, kukicha, lavender, lemon balm, lemon
grass, licorice, marshmallow, nettle, oat straw, passion flower, peppermint, raspberry, red clover,
sarsaparilla, spearmint, strawberry, violet, wintergreen yarrow

Condiments: black pepper, chutney, coriander leaves, dulse, hijiki, kombu, lime, sprouts
 Dairy: butter—unsalted, cheese—soft/unsalted—cow’s or goat, ghee, whole milk (avoid homogenized if
possible)—cow’s and goat, lassi

Food Supplements: aloe vera juice, barley green brewer’s yeast, calcium, magnesium zinc, spirulina, bluegreen algae, vitamins D, E, EFA’s (essential fatty acids) found in cold process oils from cod liver, evening
primrose, black currant seed, flax seed, borage; whey powder as a protein supplement
 Fruits (ripe and sweet): apples, applesauce, apricots, avocado, berries—sweet, cherries, coconut, dates, figs,
grapes—red and purple, limes, mango, melons, oranges, papaya, pears, pineapple, plums, pomegranate,
prunes, raisins, watermelon
 Grains: whole; amaranth, barley, cereals—dry, couscous, durham flour, granola, oat bran, oats, pasta, rice
cakes, seitan (wheat meat), spelt, sprouted wheat bread (Essene), tapioca, wheat, white rice-- basmati is best,
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Medicine Buddha Healing Center
“Aum Namo Bhagavaté Bhaisajya Guru Vaidurya Prabaha Rajaya Tathagataya Arhaté Samyaksambodhi Tadyata Aum Bhaisajé Bhaisajé Bh aisajya Samudgaté Svaha!” “Om Namo Ratna Trayaya! Namo Avalokiteshvaraya Bodhisattva!”
Pitta (Fire and Water) Balancing Diet
(If digestion is weak carbohydrates and proteins may be separated by a meal in the same day—e.g., rice and
dal.)
 Legumes: adzuki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, chick (garbanzo beans) peas, kidney beans, lentils—
brown and red, lima beans, mung beans, mung dal, navy beans, peas—dried, pinto beans, cheese, flour, split
peas, white beans
 Meats: buffalo, chicken--white, egg white, fish—fresh, rabbit, turkey--white, pheasant, venison
 Nuts: almonds without skins, charole (common to India), coconut
 Oils: ghee, olive oil—cold applications only, [sunflower*]; external use only—avocado, coconut, walnut; *
only cold processed, fresh, dark bottle
 Seeds: Flax, halva, popcorn, psyllium, pumpkin, sunflower
 Spices: basil—fresh, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, curry leaves, dill,
fennel, ginger—fresh, mint, orange peel, parsley, peppermint, saffron, spearmint, tarragon, turmeric,
saindhava (rock salt), vanilla, wintergreen
 Sweeteners: barley malt, fructose, fruit juice, maple syrup, rice syrup, raw sugar or sucanat, rock crystal
sugar, honey (light colored)
 Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, beets, bitter melon, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots,
cauliflower, celery, cilantro, cucumber, dandelion greens, fennel (anise), green beans, Jerusalem artichoke,
kale, leafy greens(lettuces), leek—cooked, mushrooms, okra, olives—black, onion—cooked, parsley,
parsnip, peas, peppers—red and sweet, potato (white or sweet), prickly pear leaves, pumpkin, radishes—
cooked, rutabaga, spaghetti squash, sprouts, squash—winter and summer, taro root, watercress, wheat grass
sprouts, zucchini
THINGS TO AVOID
 Frozen, canned, fried foods, leftovers
 All ice cold food and drink
 The combination of Milk or yogurt with fruits, vegetables, fish (is toxic)
 Honey cooked in anything (is toxic)
 Fruits and vegetables in the same meal
 Mushrooms, peanuts, tomatoes, garlic, eggplant (affect meditations and transcending)
 Sweet, flour desserts after a meal (before is best)
 Alcohol, caffeine--in coffee, tea, chocolate, other beverages (affect meditations and transcending)
 All refined grains and sugar and foods containing them
 All food cooked in used fats/oils
 Because of significant contraindicating research ALL soy products no longer carry a recommendation.
(See http://www.tldp.com/issue/11_00/soy.htm “Tragedy and Hype: The Third International Soy Symposium – Part II - by Sally Fallon)
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