Any Pitta dosha imbalance leads to most Pittas’ predicament: emotional overeating due to emotional stress. That’s because stress creates an excess of gastric 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 Ayurveda Pitta type 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… Just 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. This creates loads of toxins in your system, slows down your metabolism and hinders the absorption of nutrients – no wonder your energy ups & downs!
Pitta Dosha: Practical Ayurveda Diet Tips for Easy Weight Loss
The three most important adjustments you could make in your Ayurveda diet are these:
1) avoid sour, spicy and salty foods as much as you can;
2) delay eating a little bit when you’re stressed out, angry or frustrated until you momentarily relieve this 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:
- 20% cooked grains (basmati rice, whole barley, oats, quinoa)
- 30% proteins (chicken/turkey, shrimp, beans), and
- 50% steamed/sautéed starch-free vegetables with a dash of coconut oil and a mix of “cooling” spices (fennel, coriander, cumin and turmeric) blended in a proportion of 4:3:2:1 respectively.
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.
Helpful Supplements for Your Pitta Dosha
As mentioned above, for Pitta type extremely helpful for losing weight is the so-called herbalized water.
The most effective supplements for Pitta body type are:
- green tea and mint tea
- licorice root
- garcinia cambogia
So these are the main recommendations for your Pitta body type.
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If you’re like most people, you’re a combination of two doshas – a predominant one 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 the Vata Diet or Kapha Diet.