Any Pitta dosha imbalance leads to most Pittas' predicament: emotional overeating due to emotional stress, which creates an excess of acid in your stomach. Believe it or not, this is why you so often feel ravenously hungry and crave sweet, heavy, and "cooling" foods (like ice cream and iced drinks).
If this sounds like you, read on.
You'll discover here how to balance your dosha with simple nutritional tips, your Ayurvedic diet for weight loss, including specific supplements helpful for your Pitta dosha.
Before anything else, you should know that the slightest imbalance in your Pitta energy disturbs your naturally strong & efficient digestion, which otherwise allows you to eat just about everything.
That's why it is very important to understand what’s happening when you skip meals - a frequent diet mistake of the perpetually busy Pittas ;-)
Think of setting an empty pot on the stove: the heat is on, but there's nothing to be cooked, so the pot itself gets burned.
Similarly, if you don't feed your strong digestive fire regularly, next time when you eat the food gets "burned" - because there's too much acidity in your stomach. As a result, the food isn't digested properly, creating loads of toxins in your system and slowing down your metabolism and the absorption of nutrients.
The three most important adjustments you could make in your Ayurveda diet are these:
1) avoid sour, spicy and salty foods
2) delay eating when you’re stressed out, angry or frustrated until you relieve the stress or negative emotions
3) drink lots of pure, room-temperature water throughout the day or, even better, herbalized water (recipe below).
What to Favor: according to Ayurveda diet, as a Pitta dosha you should favor cool/warm, dry food with moderately heavy textures and sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes: sweet & fully-ripened fruits, milk, skimmed cream cheese, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, green beans, zucchini.
A great weight loss help for you as a Pitta type is daikon radish - grate it and add it raw over your other cooked vegetables for an exquisite flavor.
Use (in moderation) good fats like olive and flaxseed oil in salads; for cooking, especially good for you is coconut oil, very helpful in weight loss.
All these healthy cooking oils lubricate and help repair your stomach lining, easily damaged by hyperacidity.
Here's an example of daily menus that will pacify your Pitta dosha making your body release the extra weight fast and with ease.
Breakfast: try cold cereals or cinnamon toast and a cup of slightly warm milk or apple tea; another good choice is a cinnamon fruit stew of apples, pears, prunes, or figs - it will soothe the digestive fire without overloading it.
Lunch: this should be the heaviest meal of the day and it is best to include:
Late afternoon snack: try some sweet, juicy fruits like apples, cherries, mangoes, melons, plums or red/black grapes.
Dinner: Have a light dinner (try not to eat later than 7 PM) including steamed asparagus, broccoli, peppers, green beans, mushrooms topped with skimmed cottage or ricotta cheese and a light desert of baked sweet fruits or rice milk.
Just before bed, try a cup of warm milk with some shredded coconut or orange rind; these mild, sweet flavors will calm and relax you for a restful sleep.
What to Avoid: according to Ayurveda diet for weight loss, as a Pitta dosha you should avoid any fried & steaming hot foods, salty, fatty, or sour foods (pickles, yogurt, sour cream, sour fruits, tomatoes, vinegar, and anything fermented).
Another nutritional recommendation of Ayurveda diet for Pitta types is to avoid condiments and hot spices like mustard, cayenne, chillies, ginger, black pepper and clove.
Avoid also hot drinks, yeast bread, aged cheese, red meat, potatoes, and reduce "heating" grains like brown rice and corn, and "warming" vegetables like carrots, beets, spinach, eggplant, onion, and garlic.
Stay away from honey and protein powder drinks, as they create hyper-acidity. Pass up all nuts except coconut (shredded) and almonds (in small amounts).
Any processed & fast foods are completely out of question, as they contain bad fats that create huge amounts of stomach acid and throw your Pitta dosha completely out of balance.
As mentioned above, for Pitta type extremely helpful for losing weight is the so-called herbalized water.
Boil 1 quart of water with:
2 pinches ground fenugreek
2 pinches licorice root
1/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, and
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds.
Let it steep and cool down, then strain and drink throughout the day, as it is "cooling" and helps you to eliminate toxins, burn more fat, and improve the absorptions of vital nutrients.
If you have high blood pressure or tend to retain water, simply skip the licorice.
The most effective supplements for Pitta body type are:
So these are the main recommendations for your Ayurveda Pitta body type.
But if you're like most people, you're a combination of two doshas - a predominant and a secondary one. Both of them influence you, depending on the combination's percentage. Either one can be out of balance and needs to be pacified for your optimum physical and emotional equilibrium, so you may want to check as well...